“Political offenders in parts of Mongolia are punished by lifetime immolation in coffinlike boxes stored away in dark dungeons. These boxes are only large enough to contain a man. There is but one aperture, and that no larger than his head. His hands are manacled, and twice a day attendants bring food and drink which are placed in the shackled hands outstretched through these round windows, which are his only communication with the world. Many highly educated Chinese, so it is said, are imprisoned here. Within the cramped box one cannot sit upright nor lie flat and a gleam of daylight is seen only when the door swings to admit the attendants bearing food. “


‘Wonder if I can squeeze any more out of him!”

Another political cartoon that can live forever, just keep replacing the Barman with current politicians. Originally from Punch, 1894.


Pick your poison!

January 25, 2012

If course, it’s better. But one has to to consider the chances, also.

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Scarecrow of Europe

January 16, 2012

A cartoon from Puck, 1904.

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The Headsman – a universal political caricature

January 13, 2012

This seems to be an all-purpose political caricature. Simply replace the titles on the rolls of paper and you should be all set. I presume that the headsman resembles someone from the early 20th century, and that the original drawing in Puck was somewhat specific to the situation, but who cares?

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Bald Eagle – a Civil War Era Nutcracker

January 9, 2012

The year was 1862. Out of so many wondrous inventions and technological improvements of the time, this particular one was chosen to be featured in a March issue of the New York-based Scientific American magazine: a nut cracker which, besides its neat and elegant appearance, possesses extraordinary power. The question is, was this meant as a [...]

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Happy New Year 1912! Votes for women!

December 29, 2011

In case you cannot see it, the little cupid representing the year 1912 holds a sign that says “Happy New Year. Votes for women.” You be the judge of how much progress we have seen since.

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Saint Sam and the Giant Fly

December 21, 2011

“A Challenge to that Greatest of Public Enemies, the Desease-breeding Fly” From “Puck magazine”,1912

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Western view of Japan in 1904

December 14, 2011

Puck Magazine, March 1904

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