Saturday, February 09, 2008

Political Cartoons of Yesteryear

As the Republican convention neared with no clear choice for the GOP presidential nominee, a 1920 cartoon shows the frazzled Republican elephant surrounded by conflicting newspaper headlines.
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A 1948 cartoon shows President Harry S Truman, the Democratic Presidential nominee, looking at poll numbers and headlines just days before the election. Despite predictions of a landslide victory for Dewey, Truman won the election, one of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history.

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A 1922 cartoon shows the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey leaving a Congressional session.
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A 1921 cartoon highlights the dilemma faced by members of Congress to explain votes on various issues to diverse interests back home.
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A 1912 cartoon shows the three presidential candidates on the eve of the contentious 1912 election: former President Theodore Roosevelt for the Progressive (Bull Moose) Party, Woodrow Wilson for the Democratic Party, and incumbent President William Howard Taft for the Republican Party.
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A 1930 cartoon shows the Democratic donkey consoling the defeated Republican elephant as the old year sets over the horizon.

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Blogger The Griper said...

each of those cartoons would be appropriate today.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 4:13:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Excellent perspective, Word. Sometimes I feel like a voice in the wilderness, good to see some more support out there!

Saturday, February 09, 2008 7:06:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

When you look at the politics through our history just as your toons note, nothing changes. That same bickering and do nothingness, ( is that a word LOL) have been there throughout.

The difference this year is that because of who the Dems are running the stakes are MUCH higher.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 8:15:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

It's going to be a rough ride now, whatever happens.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Many will dispare at the state of American politics today. Cartoons as those you present here, can add to that dispare. I find them oddly comforting. Perhaps they remind that our country has been argueing about the same issues or similar for decades and sometimes centuries and we're still here and doing just fine, thank you very much.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Great finds!! Since Truman is from the KC area I always remember that picture of him holding up the newspaper that said Dewey had won because it was printed the night before, and the press just assumed Dewey would win. Turns out Truman did, and like that cartoon says in one of the biggest upsets in election history.

Saturday, February 09, 2008 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Tapline said...

Word, Who says history doesn't repeat itself????? Great post.....

Saturday, February 09, 2008 10:47:00 PM  

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