|"Freeneasy Film Company Presents" by Frederick Opper for International Feature Service, ca, October 1, 1920|
|"Jimmy and His War Bride" by Frederick Opper for International Feature Service, ca. Oct. 2, 1920|
In October, Opper (or his editors) changed the title of his series from "Freeneasy Film Company Presents" to "Jimmy and His War Bride." Opper has a low opinion of the dowdy bride, representing the League of Nations, or her fourteen offspring, who look less and less like actual children by this point.
Cartoon historians will recognize Opper as the creator of "And Her Name Was Maud!", a comic strip about a mule who looked very much like the Cox family's "educated donkey, Dopo."
|"Jimmy and His War Bride" by F. Opper for International Feature Service, ca. Oct. 4, 1920|
|"Jimmy and His War Bride" by F. Opper for International Feature Service, ca. Oct. 6, 1920|
Well, that's quite enough of that. Being October, there was plenty of other entertainment besides the movies.
|"World's Series: Over the Fence" by Thomas E. Powers in New York Evening Journal, ca. Oct. 7, 1920|
|"If We Were in the League" by Winsor McCay in New York American, ca. Oct. 16, 1920|
Winsor McCay, with his meticulous style and perspective, perhaps enjoyed drawing all these tombstones.
|"What They Call Harmony" by Rollin Kirby in New York World, ca. Oct. 24, 1920|
|"Go! And Don't You Never Come Back" by J.N. "Ding" Darling in Collier's, October 9, 1920|
Returning to our moving pictures theme: "Ding" Darling departs from the cross-hatching style he used for newspapers, employing ink wash and (I suspect,) charcoal to evoke an ominous scene from melodrama in this cartoon for Colllier's magazine. Republican presidential nominee Warren Harding, backed by Senators Borah and Johnson, throws the film's heroine out to the blizzard. Sheltering Little Miss League of Nations are three past and future Republican nominees for president: William Howard Taft (1908), Herbert Hoover (1928), and Charles Evans Hughes (1916).
|"Preserving American Independence" by J.N. "Ding" Darling in Collier's, October 23, 1920|
Leaping forward for a moment to the present day, there is no precedent for a presidential candidate — let alone the incumbent president — falling seriously ill this close to an election. Had President Woodrow Wilson pressed his interest in being re-nominated for a third term in 1920, the U.S. might have faced the same prospect.
Wilson had a history of petit mal strokes as early as 1896, but a series of strokes in September and October of 1919 left him paralyzed on his left side and blind in his right eye. Unbeknownst to the nation, Edith Wilson took over the everyday duties of the presidency during her husband's recuperation. He was unwilling to resign his office, and Vice President Marshall had no authority to wrest it from him.
While Wilson officially withdrew from the presidential race early in 1920, he withheld support from the party's strongest candidate, his own son-in-law James MacAdoo, still holding out hope that a deadlocked Democratic convention would come back to him for a third term. Not surprisingly, the party never seriously considered that option.
With Inauguration Day still over a month away, Wilson was bedridden with influenza in January, 1921, but survived until February 3, 1924.
Of course, Warren Harding wouldn't survive the next presidential term, either; Wilson attended his successor's funeral.