|Detail of "The Rectangle" by Frank O. King in Chicago Tribune, December 21, 1919|
The bottom half of Frank King's "The Rectangle" presented a host of gags typical of the complaints about the High Cost of Living (the top half of his page having become the domain of Gasoline Alley at this point). I could fill this post up with them; but I already did that for Thanksgiving, and December of 1919 provided editorial cartoonists with less evergreen material, so let's move on.
|Detail of "The Tiny Tribune" by Carey Orr in Chicago Tribune, December 23, 1919|
|"The Christmas Spirit" by Clifford Berryman in Washington Evening Star, December 22, 1919|
|"The Reds' Christmas" by John T. McCutcheon in Chicago Tribune, December 24, 1919|
|"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Bruce Stevenson in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 21, 1919|
Working for the same newspaper, Nelson Harding used his space to highlight world news with a local angle.
|"The Empty Stocking" by Nelson Harding in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 26, 1919|
|"Barmherzigkeit!" by Werner Hahmann in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, December 7, 1919|
|"O Du Fröhliche —" by Ernst Schilling in Simplicissimus, Munich, December 24, 1919|
|"Keine Weihnachsfreude" by Werner Hahmann in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, December 14, 1919|
I close today's episode with a couple of cartoons from the January, 1919 edition of Cartoons Magazine, which its editors may have saved from earlier Christmases and are therefore not necessarily topical. This cartoon by Billy Ireland, however, prefigures present-day sheep-shooter Donald Trump Jr.
|"Confidentially, We Are Planning to Pick Up a Deer" by Billy Ireland in Columbus Dispatch, ca. Dec. 1918|
|"I Looks Toward You All..." by Clive Weed in Philadelphia Public Ledger, ca. Dec. 1918|