Rhode Island is often the punch line of jokes, perhaps for no better reason than its own improbable existence, as in this Warner Brothers cartoon starring the Three Bears:
Junyer Bear: I will fill your favorite pipe for you, dear old dad, Pa. G-U-N-P-O-W-D-E-R, duh, "tobacco." I am a good speller, I am. C-A-T, "dog." B-A-T, "Rhode Island."
Cartoons in this era were originally produced as short subjects to be viewed at movie theaters, but heck, we grew up with them on television, so we include them here on the television page.