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Political Cartoons Scrapbook

Unknown compiler, but possibly organized by a women's group in the Kansas City area. Some of the cartoons have hand-written names and dates at the bottom: Mary O'Neal, "Mary's neighbor, Mrs. Barnett," Isabel H., Rose Ehrenfeld, Linda Harvey, Catherine, Opal, and Miss Auerbach. Occasional local cartoons and news items suggest the area, and a few newspaper banners identify the Kansas City Times, Kansas City Journal-Post, and Lawrence Daily Journal-World. Jay Norwood, "Ding" Darling, was a syndicated American cartoonist affiliated with the New York Tribune, and the Des Moines Register-Tribune. Albert T. Reid was a freelance cartoonist from Kansas; John T. McCutcheon was affiliated with the Chicago Tribune; Silvey Jackson Ray with the Kansas City Star; Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Vaughn Shoemaker syndicated with the Herald-Tribune; and Robert Brown was a freelance cartoonist.

The collection includes a scrapbook containing syndicated political and editorial cartoons from various newspapers and magazines, concentrating on U.S. presidential campaigns and politics of the 1920s and 1930s. Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Alfred "Al" Smith are all caricatured. Also includes some material on World War I, World War II, and international political figures such as Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. Over 30 cartoonists have work represented, but the bulk of the cartoons are the work of Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. Those with multiple examples are Reid, McCutcheon, Ray, Fitzpatrick, Shoemaker, and Brown.