This illustration showing a frustrated and overworked mom appeared in the May 1955 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine as part of a short story titled a Kiss for a Kiss.
This 6 page magazine short story was written by Jan Kinkead.
Note the man in the next room relaxing with a newspaper and pipe. Robert Patterson’s illustration shows the range of patience and madness that likely every mother has faced. It is yet another example of how we share the same space in different times as moms in decades past.