It depends on how you look at it… (Part Four of Many)

We’ve looked at absences on maps before. Here are some examples of hyper-presencing (surprisingly, not all featuring global domination of the United States):

liechtenstein

michigan

washington_2

montana

 

tennesee

zurich_local

scandinavia

france

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

Surrealist map of the world, 1929

 

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Swipes #43: Me-ow

The United States represented as a predator in political cartoons? No way…

"Who'll bell the cat?" Clifford K. Berryman, 29 July 1898

“Who’ll bell the cat?” Clifford K. Berryman, Washington Post, 29 July 1898.

"Looking our way," 1911, in Hou & Hou, Great Canadian Political Cartoons (Volume 1), page 182

“Looking our way,” 1911, in Hou & Hou, Great Canadian Political Cartoons (Volume 1), page 182

"One Less Rat," Randy Bish, Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2007 Edition

“One Less Rat,” Randy Bish, Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania), 9 June 2006, seen in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2007 Edition.

Macpherson, Toronto Star, as seen in The Hecklers p 175b

“Thirsty of Hungry?” Duncan Macpherson, Toronto Star, seen in The Hecklers (1979: 175).

Hmm, I guess that trope does date back to at least 1898.

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It depends on how you look at it… (Part Two of Many)

Some people argue that Toronto is the center of the world / universe:

toronto

Of course, we all know that Chicago is really the center of the world:

Chicago

(Although, ODT Maps sells these maps with other cities at the center, noting: “Such maps might help us understand there are many ways to see the world, but none of them will to provide a world map that meets the needs of any specific individual or set of individuals who, by definition, are found in particular places.”)

And then we have the U.S. at the center/e of “Capitalism” by Jean-Claude Suares:

14 March 1973

14 March 1973

This image dump brought to you by me cleaning up all of the folders called “DISSERTATION EXTRAS” on my desktop. :-)

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Remembrance Day

Clifford Berryman, 6 June 1945

Rudyard Kipling adapted by Clifford Berryman, 6 June 1945

UPDATE: See also “This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time” by Harry Leslie Smith (via EZH), particularly:

Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war with quotes from Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling and other great jingoists from our past empire, I will declare myself a conscientious objector.

And, from Dorothy Parker:

Unhappily, the poppies, those flowers for forgetfulness, turned out to be predominant in the pattern.

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Happy Birthday, A.J.M. Smith

69
NEWS
OF THE
PHOENIX

They say the Phoenix is dying, some say dead.
Dead without issue is what one message said,
But that has been suppressed, officially denied.

I think myself the man who sent it lied.
In any case, I’m told, he has been shot,
As a precautionary messure, whether he did or not.

by: A.J.M. Smith

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It depends on how you look at it… (Part One of Many)

Sometimes, if you turn a urinal on its side, you get art (now in the Tate Modern in London, England):

Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, 1917

“Fountain,” Marcel Duchamp, 1917. (How did they lose the original?! Who are “they” anyway?!)

Here’s an excerpt about turning maps on other sides from “Dreaming Upside-Down” by Tom Peterson (sorry I didn’t include a link to the original – it seems to have been on a now-defunct geocities page):

I dreamed the other night that all the maps in the world had been turned upside down. Library atlases, roadmaps of Cincinnati, wall-sized maps in the war rooms of the great nations, even antique maps with such inscriptions as “Here be Dragons” were flipped over. What had been north was now south, east was west. [...]

In my dream, a cloud of anxieties closed around me. The United States was now at the bottom. Would we have to stand upside-down, causing the blood to rush to our heads? Would we need suction-cup shoes to stay on the planet, and would autumn leaves fall up? [...]

Other things troubled me more. Now that we’re at the bottom, would our resources and labor be exploited by the new top? Would African, Asian, and Latin American nations structure world trade to their advantage? [...]

It was just a bad dream. I drifted back to sleep, thinking, “It’s all right, I’m still on top.”

(The longer form asks a few more questions, most of which disregard existing inequalities within the United States to make a broader point about lived social injustices and how they may be reinforced through cartographic representations.)

As seen on tumblr.

What happens when you turn the map on its side, so to speak? (As seen on tumblr.)

americasmap

Arguably, all maps present a perspective. Some present (or offer) non-standard (or unexpected, or uncanny) perspectives on the world.

IMG_1488

canada 150c

I credit RB with bringing this image (and quiz) to my attention.

I credit RB with bringing this image (and quiz) to my attention.

Pictorial Maps, Nigel Holmes (1991: 145)

Pictorial Maps (1991: 145)

In Pictorial Maps, Nigel Holmes suggests that readers “[t]ake a different look at the world: new relationships are noticed when the map is turned upside down” (1991: 145). (Then something about how scissors don’t have a fixed “mental viewpoint,” hence the scissors in the image above.)

The New Yorker, 1992

Leo Cullum, New Yorker, 20 April 1992

Joaquín Torres-García, 1943

Joaquín Torres-García, 1943

California-Drought2

Also known as "An Australian's View of the World," "McArthur's Universal Corrective Map of the World"

Also known as “An Australian’s View of the World,” “McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World,” Stuart McArthur, launched on Australia Day in 1979

"U.S. as seen from Canada," Russell Lenz, Christian Science Monitor, 1968

“U.S. as seen from Canada,” Russell Lenz, Christian Science Monitor, 1968

"Inuit view to the south," as seen in "Playing Dead" by Rudy Wiebe, 1989

“Inuit view to the south,” as seen in “Playing Dead” by Rudy Wiebe, 1989

Then again, some “new” perspectives are just selling you something (be it a copy of the map or books or cigarettes or academic journals or magazines! And that’s not to say that the images above aren’t selling you something, too.):

JNS_2011

Journal of Northern Studies, 2011

Alternative North Americas via the Canada Institute

Alternative North Americas by David T. Jones via the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

The Dominion

The Dominion: News from the Grassroots

the-map-as-art

The Map as Art by Katherine Harmon

more curious

ricky linn

  Ogden’s “Guinea - Gold” Cigarettes, Have Turned England Upside Down Through Pure Enjoyment, The Illustrated London News, 1899

“Ogden’s ‘Guinea – Gold’ Cigarettes Have Turned England Upside Down Through Pure Enjoyment,” The Illustrated London News, 1899

Indeed, the 1925 Surrealist manifesto (as seen in You Are Here by Katharine Harmon, 2004, gift from Jim Jim) warns:

Even more than patriotism – which is a quite commonplace sort of hysteria, though emptier and shorter-lived than most – we are disgusted by the idea of belonging to a country at all, which is the most bestial and least philosophic of the concepts to which we are all subjected… Wherever Western civilization is dominant, all human contact has disappeared, except contact from which money can be made – payment in hard cash.

(The images, as astute readers may have noticed, link to sources and / or further reading.)

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Dress Codes, Round 2

A while back, I posted about codifying attire at Hooters, Playboy Club, and Disneyland. Today, I’d like to share something amazing (as in, I am amazed) on a similar topic that I came across while researching the cartoons of Clifford K. Berryman.

Cartoons about gender norms and expectations interest me, so while I was looking for national representations in Berryman’s collected works, I saved this cartoon to investigate further:

"News Note: A decision has been reached by the board of education that in future the graduating dresses of high school girls must be built on more simple lines than in the past," 16 March 1911, Clifford Berryman

“News Note: A decision has been reached by the board of education that in future the graduating dresses of high school girls must be built on more simple lines than in the past,” 16 March 1911, Clifford Berryman

Little did I know that it would lead me down a rabbit hole of research (oh, wait, I kind of knew that might happen – see THIS ENTIRE BLOG), with scintillating results (if reading about board of education debates fits your definitions of “scintillating”). Here is a newspaper article explaining the school board’s decision:

1 2 3 4

From The Washington Herald, 15 April 1911.

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Happy Halloween!

In hono(u)r of the holiday, here are some variations on Frankenstein’s monster.

1992-07-19

Bob Krieger, The Province, 19 July 1992

Irish Frankenstein in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature

Irish Frankenstein in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature

"Meech Lake Monster," Aislin, 1988

“Meech Lake Monster,”
Aislin, 1988

Cartoon Movement

Cartoon Movement

"Now To Rebuild," Bruce MacKinnon

“Now To Rebuild,” Bruce MacKinnon

sequester

Eric Allie, 20 February 2013

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What Goes Around Comes Around: The Cyclical Nature of Political History

The word “revolution” has (at least two, not unrelated) meanings:

revolution

And here are the cartoons:

Uncle Sam has been known to spin his wheels... (John Cole, 26 April 2013)

Uncle Sam has been known to spin his wheels… (John Cole, 26 April 2013)

revolution

“Re-Revolution!” Sherif Arafa, Cartoon Movement, 2 June 2012

"The Wheel of Fortune," James Donahey, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1913 (as seen in Latin America in Caricature by John J. Johnson, page 225).

“The Wheel of Fortune,” James Donahey, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1913 (as seen in Latin America in Caricature by John J. Johnson, page 225).

Image (circa 1910s) from wikipedia, via "What's to Be Done with 'Em?: Images of Mexican Cultural Backwardsness, Racial Limitations and Moral Decrepitude in the United States Press 1913-1915, Mexican Studies, Winter Vol. 14 No. 1:23-70. by Mark C. Anderson.

Image (circa 1910s) from wikipedia, via “What’s to Be Done with ‘Em?: Images of Mexican Cultural Backwardsness, Racial Limitations and Moral Decrepitude in the United States Press 1913-1915,” Mexican Studies, Winter Vol. 14 No. 1, 1998, pages 23-70. by Mark C. Anderson. (Link jumps to paywall.)

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Shop Locally

For at least 100 years, folks have been encouraging other folks to buy stuff from them (locally) rather than from afar (in this case, amazon.com is represented by other mail order services):

Carlton Service Chicago, 1914

Carlton Service Chicago, 1914

Carlton Service Chicago, 1914

Carlton Service Chicago, 1914

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