Category Archives: Cartoons

Victorian Vegetarianism

In the 19th century, vegetarianism was linked to a much more radical agenda which incorporated not just health issues but moral, spiritual and political agendas. In the UK the Vegetarian Society was set up in the 1840s and while the … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the week

This is one of a curious set of cartoons done in 1852 by Charles Heaphy, relating to New Zealand’s gold rush. Heaphy (1820-1881) was an English-born New Zealand explorer and first soldier of the New Zealand armed forces to be … Continue reading

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History rhyming again?

An 1896 Judge magazine cartoon which has William Jennings Bryan- a Presidential candidate – and the Populist Party swallowing  up the mule representing the Democratic party. A reminder that Populism can take many forms, across the political spectrum, and emerges … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the Week

Facebook didn’t invent the cute animal and the cat in charge.

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Cartoon of the Week

This Puck cartoon of Theodore Roosevelt – the Political Janus – is from just outside of the Victorian period, and Roosevelt is hardly a footnote, but I couldn’t resist it as I sit reading reports of President Trump at the … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the Week

Something else from the endlessly fascinating Public Domain Review site, this time from the 1850s. For more information about the book, go to https://publicdomainreview.org/2015/02/25/the-eternal-guffaw-john-leech-and-the-comic-history- of-rome/

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Cartoon of the Week: Cartoon Characters

In the UK in the late 19th century, political cartoons were prolifically pasted around a constituency during an election. This is one of 270 in a spectacular collection held by Leeds Public Library. It shows a third party candidate – … Continue reading

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Cartoons of the Week: US Immigration in the 1890s

The Proposed Emigrant Dumping Site, from Judge magazine 1890. Above a group of prosperous Americans refuse entry to a new immigrant, while the shadows of their own immigrant past watch over. From Puck magazine 1893 And finally, entitled “Who is … Continue reading

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Cartoon of the Week: Going to the Opera in 2000 (a view from 1882)

Source: The Public Domain Review. This is a great site, see http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/page/16/?time=19th-century  

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Cartoon of the Week: Skype in 1879

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