Last Saturday's centennial retrospective reported on the month-by-month demise of Cartoons Magazine as it was taken over by light fiction magazine Wayside Tales. Today we take a look at the sort of editorial cartoons that your great-grandparents would no longer find in Cartoons Magazine.
|"Der Seiltänzer" by "L" in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, May 1, 1921|
And not just because of the salty language. Nor because of the German language; even during the Great War, Cartoons Magazine occasionally printed German cartoons. (I wonder how they would have translated "Eiffelturmspiße.")
|"Warren Gamaliel Harding" by Arthur Johnson in Kladderadatsch, Berlin, May 1, 1921|
|"Der Amerikanische Rettungsring" by Erich Wilke in Kladderadatsch, May 8, 1921|
|"Off with the Old..." by Dorman H. Smith for Newspaper Enterprise Assn., ca. May 24, 1921|
It hadn't taken long for U.S. cartoonists to begin showing some sympathy for Germany's post-war plight. Notwithstanding the high anxiety about German-American saboteurs during the war, Americans tended not to harbor the same degree of animosity toward the German people as did the British and French. American vitriol was focused more on Kaiser Wilhelm and family than on their subjects.
|"If France Insists on Having Beefsteak..." by Leo Bushnell for NEA, ca. May 6, 1921|
French demands on occupying the Ruhr valley threatened to rekindle the war, and found little support from this side of the Atlantic. For now, however, Germany was unwilling to call France's bluff.
|"The Shock-Proof Public" by John T. McCutcheon in Chicago Tribune, May 10, 1921|
Instead, Germany fought to suppress an uprising of ethnic Poles in Silesia, a mineral-rich and ethnically mixed region that had been part of Germany before the war. A League of Nations-sponsored plebiscite to determine which country the region should belong to narrowly favored Germany, so Poles took up arms in May as the League members dithered.
|"If He Could Only Catch His Tail..." by Leo Bushnell for NEA, ca. May 23, 1921|
|"The Apt Pupil" by Harold "Hal" Coffman for Int'l Feature Service, ca. May 20, 1921|
|"Speaking of Disarmament" by Bill Satterfield for NEA, ca. June 2, 1921|
|"Alla Camera Nuova" by Gabriele "Rata Longa" Galantara in l'Asino, Rome, May 22, 1921|
|"The Supply and the Demand" by Harry Murphy for Star Company, ca. May 17, 1921|
|"I Can't Hear You" by Carey Orr in Chicago Tribune, ca. May 30, 1921|
By and large, however, Carey Orr had an accurate sense of how Americans felt about foreign affairs in 1921.
Nachtrag: I ran across the word Eiffelturmspiße in a book on aerodynamics after posting this. The translation there was "Eiffel Tower spike," which makes a whole lot more sense than what every goddamned on-line translation site gave me.