My Grandfather's Collection of Wartime Cartoons

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  1. Haversack

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    Over in the Golden Age I have started a thread on the collection of editorial cartoons that my grandfather cut out of Southern California newspapers chronicling events from about 1938 to 1946. Over there I have been posting cartoons largely concerned with events leading up to the war. I’m starting this thread here to post the cartoons that directly concern the war.

    As I noted over in the Golden Era, it is my intention to not omit cartoons which use caricatures that would likely give offense to those of the here and now. If I were to do so, I would have to omit practically everything concerning the war in the Far/Middle/Near East, the Pacific, Africa and India.

    The collection is mostly in chronological order. I hope that people will find this collection interesting and informative about how the war was portrayed and commented on by those there and then.
     
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    Here are the first few that directly concern the war. They're from 1940-41 but not in any particular order.
    Bulldog Growls Again.jpg
    That's Old English.jpg
    The Lone Ranger.jpg
    Watchmen, What Of The Night?.jpg
    What's Wrong?.jpg
     
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    Love the images. Check out Superman comic #17! adv017s.jpg
     
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    Here's the next load. The events 80 years ago stand out.
    You Ought To Have Seen!.jpg
    Look Out Adolf!.jpg
    Leo.jpg
    Adolf's Specialty.jpg
     
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    Thanks. I'm really enjoying seeing these. I will have to head on over to Golden Age.
     
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    All Right. This next couple lots are from 1939 to 1941 (pre-Barbarossa) and concern the division of Poland. Tomorrow's will be from the same time and will concern the uneasy alliance between Germany and Russia, (with Italy putting its oar in as well).
    The Butcher Boy.jpg
    Its Dark In There.jpg
    When Do We Eat?.jpg
    Little Man, What Now!.jpg
    Natural History.jpg
     
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    I Won!.jpg
    What A Pal!.jpg
    Harvest Moon.jpg
    Goldilocks.jpg
    Fifty-Fifty Again, Joe?.jpg
     
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    Two's Company, Three's a Crowd.jpg
    The Object is Sweet Harmony.jpg
    History Marches On.jpg
     
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    The first one of these next ones raises the specter of Germany and Russia doing a Poland on Turkey. The rest are from after Barbarossa kicked off.
    There's Where We Go From Here!.jpg
    Double Feature, Double Ticket.jpg
    The Cow Seems Caught On The Moon.jpg
    Mein Klampf.jpg
     
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    These three all use baseball as theme. Probably more understood then than now.
    If Only I Was Joe DiMaggiovitch!.jpg
    The Run Down.jpg
    Mein Error!.jpg
     
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    A large number of the cartoons specifically deal with the war in Russia. "Living Room" is a direct, (but incorrect), translation of "Lebensraum". This meant space to expand. Specifically the 'removal' of the peoples of Russia and its territories so the land could be colonized by Germans. And a couple of references to those famous Russians, General Winter and General Mud.
    That 'Living Room' For Germany.jpg
    It's a Long Drawn Out Tale.jpg
    Perfect Bear Weather In Russia.jpg
    Here's Mud In Your Eye!.jpg
     
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    Some more concerning the Russian Front. Including one about after the war featuring a paper-hanger:
    Retreat From Moscow.jpg
    A Tale Of Two Cities.jpg
    Overdrawn.jpg
    If Nazis Are Forced To Rebuild Russian Cities.jpg
     
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    Here are four featuring Il Duce. Vainglorious and pompous, Mussolini was an easy mark for cartoonist to parody. Herblock, however, saw the underlying malice.
    The Triumphant Water Boy.jpg
    In His Little Anti-Red Wagon.jpg
    His Master's Voice.jpg
    What's In It For Me?.jpg
     
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    Although Russia has dominated the cartoons of late, here's some commentary of the war in North Africa.
    Here We Go Again Boys!.jpg
    Desert Spelling Bee.jpg
    The Lion's Mouth.jpg

    The Desert Fox.jpg
    The Latest News From Libya.jpg
    The Master Race.jpg
     
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    The next two concern Sub-Saharan Africa. Although it was not one of the main theaters of conflict during the war, combat and covert activities did occur there. One the following is from before the war and concerns Nazi efforts to gain support from native inhabitants of former German colonies in Africa. The other is about the war in Ethiopia. As I mentioned earlier, I am not omitting cartoons which use caricatures which give offense today. These editorial cartoons depicted events using the conventions of their time and place. These conventions have changed. Provoking offense is not my intent.
    The Brown Shirts and the No-Shirts.jpg
    The Return Of The Native.jpg
     
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    And some more Mussolini.
    Is This The Way You Do It, Adolf?.jpg
    An Ersatz Caesar On The Carpet.jpg
    Mussolini Jumps In.jpg
     
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    This lot are all over the place regarding time but illustrate the increasing number of problems besetting Schikelgruber. Also note the continued depiction of Hitler as a paperhanger. A reference to his failure to gain admittance to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1907-08.
    Now It's the Ceiling.jpg
    The Busy Bellboy.jpg
    The Cobblers.jpg
    Mein Hot Foot.jpg
     
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    As I noted over in The Golden Age, I've been have scanner issues. These are now hopefully corrected. These next three reference some of the strategic conferences that took place in order to organize an alliance to fight the Axis. One technique often used in these cartoons is to use a reference to a bit of popular culture as a hook for the message.
    Another Molotov Cocktail!.jpg
    This one references two popular movies.
    The Road FROM Morocco!.jpg
    His Number.jpg
     
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    Here are the next few. Again, no chronological order. The first is probably from 1941 when Germany and Turkey signed a friendship and trade treaty. An interesting side note from this treaty was a deal for Turkey to sell Germany a steady supply of chromium. This resulted in the US and GB buying up all of Turkey's chromium production in order to prevent this supply.
    Dardanella.jpg
    Another one from before the War.
    Bring-Em-Back-Alive Hitler.jpg
    I've not been able to determine a date for the next one. I suspect 1943 might be about right as Germany didn't really go on a wartime economic footing as the US and GB did until late in the war.
    Mein Death Kiss.jpg
    Another one about the German domestic front. This time featuring the Minister of Propaganda.
    For Whom the Goebbels Toils.jpg
     
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