Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shameless Movie Tie-in

There's a new movie about Pancho Villa coming out tomorrow, so to celebrate, here's a November, 1916 editorial cartoon by Sidney Joseph Greene of the New York Evening Telegram.

The tiny figure fleeing Villa's recrudescence (now there's a word you never see in the papers any more) is labeled T.R., which I'm quite certain means that it's Teddy Roosevelt. Apparently, Mr. Greene felt that the former president didn't care to share the front page with the likes of the Mexican guerrilla. I'm not sure why Mr. Roosevelt is particularly relevant to the story. The historical record of Teddy Roosevelt during this period has him more concerned with urging war with Germany than supporting Gen. Pershing's pursuit of the Villistas.

Maybe it had something to do with their mustaches.

Update: It seems that the new Andy Garcia movie is not about Pancho Villa after all, but about an uprising of Catholics against the Mexican government in the 1920's. I have no cartoons about that to share. I'd never even heard of it.

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