Saturday, June 11, 2016

100 Years Ago: The Democratic Convention

Scrollback Saturday continues yesterday's review of cartoons about the 1916 political conventions. Let's start with one by Sidney Smith ("Old Doc Yak," "The Gumps") on the news pages of the Chicago Tribune.
Sidney Smith for Chicago Tribune, June 11, 1916
100 years ago today, the Republicans had wrapped up their convention in Chicago, and the Democrats were gathering for theirs at the Coliseum in St. Louis.
Robert Carter in New York Evening Sun, June, 1916
Incumbent President Woodrow Wilson and Veep Thomas Marshall were unopposed for the Democratic nomination, so there wasn't any of the drama of the previous week.
C.F. Naughton for Duluth Evening Herald, June 14, 1916
Other than the occasional speaker going too far in promising four more years of peace and prosperity, there was nothing for Republican cartoonists to remark upon except everything they already disliked about the President's policies.
Robert Carter for New York Evening Sun, June, 1916
If the cartoonist (or his publisher) liked Wilson, you picked up your newspaper to find this sort of hagiolatry on the front page:
Luther Bradley in Chicago Daily News, June, 1916
Or this:
C.F. Naughton for Duluth Evening Herald, June 14, 1916
Should we read anything into Naughton's cartoon that he left plenty of room to sign his cartoon, but didn't?

In those days, several newspapers would have cartoons, some topical, featured on various pages besides the front and editorial pages. Sidney Smith's cartoon at the top of this post is one example; here's another by Frank King ("Bobby Make-Believe," "Gasoline Alley"):
Frank King for Chicago Tribune, June 12, 1916
Taking a less partisan approach in the Sunday funnies, A.E. Hayward's Colonel Corn, having gotten nowhere with the Republicans, tried to impress delegates to the Democratic convention.
"Colonel Corn" by A.E. Hayward in the New York Herald, June 11, 1916.

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