“Everything and everyone serves history’s single purpose.”

A similar tale from two Bills:

5 Nov 1989

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, 5 November 1989 Text: PANEL 1 “I’ve been thinking, Hobbes.” PANEL 2 “On a weekend?” “Well, it wasn’t on purpose…” PANEL 3 “I believe history is a force.” PANEL 4 “Its unalterable tide sweeps all people and institutions along its unrelenting path. Everything and everyone serves history’s single purpose.” PANEL 5 “And what is that purpose?” “Why, to produce ME, of course! I’m the end result of history.” PANEL 6 “YOU?” “Think of it! Thousands of generations lived and died to produce my exact, specific parents, whose reason for being, obviously, was to produce ME.” PANEL 7 “All history up to this point has been spent preparing the world for my presence.” “Hmm, 4.5 billion years probably wasn’t long enough” PANEL 8.” Now I’m here, and history is vindicated.” “So now that history’s brought you, what are you going to do?” PANEL 9 “Ooh, you wascawwy wabbit!”

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, 2003

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Swipes #47: Land Grabbing

Once again demonstrating the old adage: “Same sh*t, different day.”

Le Canard, 26 Sept 1903

Le Canard, 26 Sept 1903

 

 

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Part V: John Bull & Uncle Sam, Frenemies

Sometimes, with perhaps one of the more infamous occasions being the American Revolutionary War / United States War of Independence / That Time England Lost Some Colonies, Uncle Sam and John Bull don’t get along:

"Lest we forget," in [Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry call number: scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

“Lest we forget,” in [Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry Library scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry call number: scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry Library scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry call number: scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry Library scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry call number: scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberr Library scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry call number: scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

[Scrapbook of political cartoons from American newspapers] circa 1890-1920. Newberry Library scrapbook – oversize NC1420 .S37.

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Abraham Lincoln: His Path to the Presidency by Albert Shaw, page 121, courtesy of the Newberry Library

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Abraham Lincoln: His Path to the Presidency by Albert Shaw, page 221, courtesy of the Newberry Library

See also:

– Part I: Representations of the US & UK

– Part II: Representations of UK & US Cooperation

– Part III: John Bull & Uncle Sam, a friendship to the end

– Part IV: John & Jonathan, BFFFL

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Monsters, Part 6: Laocoon

You know how he got attacked by a giant serpent?

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Well, it’s a popular trope in cartooning as well as sculpture:

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“The Modern Laocoon,” Frank Bellew, The Daily Graphic, 25 April 1874, seen in The Ungentlemanly Art, page 120, and the United States Library of Congress

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Laocoon,” 1938, Clifford K. Berryman

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“Uno Who’s National Gallery,” John Collins, 1956

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Monsters, Part 5: Slimy, Serpentine Stephen Harper

Hey, I just write the headlines to be eye-catching. The cartoonists did all the real work:

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator - Thursday, October 24, 2013 Pamela Wallin accuses 2 Senate colleagues of having 'personal vendettas' Sen. Pamela Wallin is accusing two Senate colleagues of having Òpersonal vendettasÓ against her, and says that a motion to suspend her from the upper chamber without pay is Òbaseless and premature.Ó In a measured and forceful speech in the Senate chamber Wednesday afternoon, Wallin accused the government and its leader in the Senate, Claude Carignan, of putting Òthe cart before the horse,Ó in attempting to oust her from the Upper Chamber. Wallin singled out Sen. Marjory LeBreton, former government leader in the Senate, and Sen. Carolyn Stewart Olsen, saying they Òcould not abideÓ that she was outspoken in caucus, sometimes critical of their leadership and being an activist senator who Òonce garnered the praise of the prime minister.Ó ÒIn this chamber, Senator Marjory LeBreton derided me, accusing me of having an inflated view of my role. 'ÒThis narcissism É is the crux of the situation before us,ÕÓ Wallin quoted LeBreton as saying. ÒIn fact, the crux of the situation is not about narcissism Ð not hers or mine or anyone elseÕs Ð the crux of this matter is the lack of due process and a flawed system that allows personal vendettas to be indulged.Ó LeBreton denied that she held a vendetta against Wallin. (Source: CTV News) http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/pamela-wallin-accuses-2-senate-colleagues-of-having-personal-vendettas-1.1509403#ixzz2iaGyW3me

Graeme MacKay, Hamilton Spectator, 24 October 2013

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, January 31, 2014 CanadaÕs lonely tower on Hamilton Harbour When the Canada Centre for Inland Waters officially opened in May 1972, it was described as the "finest of its kind in North America, maybe in the world," by the federal environment minister at the time. But 40 years later, critics say the sprawling agency on the Beach Strip is a shadow of its former self, a victim of a steady stream of downsizing and changing government priorities. They say it is backtracking on its Great Lakes research mandate and is no longer the steady hand of science it once was to guide the restoration of Hamilton Harbour. The centre was intended to be Canada's flagship headquarters for fresh water management, a 54,000-square-foot complex of six interconnected buildings with more than 520 federal employees (with claims, apparently unrealized, of eventually having 1,000 workers). Now it's estimated there are closer to 350. Environment Canada, the main government department in the facility, won't say how many scientists work at the facility or how many used to work there. Spokesperson Mark Johnson said in a statement the department is focused on "achieving and maintaining a clean, safe, and sustainable environment for Canadians" and the government is spending "significant money each year in direct research to support these goals. Environment Canada's Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) provides scientific information to support informed decisions about the environment..." The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the other main government department at the CCIW, did not respond to a request for staffing numbers. According to the union that represents scientists in the federal government Ñ the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada Ñ there are nearly 25 fewer scientists at the CCIW than in 2010. But Tom Muir, a retired environmental economist who worked at the CCIW for 30 years, says that's only part of the story.

Graeme MacKay, Hamilton Spectator, 31 January 2014

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“Stephen Harper et les pipelines… ” Garnotte, Le Devoir, 3 February 2014

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Happy Constitution Day, Poland!

Looking for an excuse to post about maps of Poland on a relevant holiday, I learned that there is a Constitution Day in Poland. (Thanks, Wikipedia! And Polish lawmakers.)

A while back, while wondering around Los Angeles, I saw posters for a film festival that looked vaguely mappy:

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These turned out to be advertisements for — maybe you guessed? — the 15th annual Polish Film Festival. As far as I can tell, this is the only poster they have used to date that is in the shape of Poland.

For interested parties, here is the shape of Poland (and yes, I did have to double check):

polandIn conclusion, maps are all around us! Even when we aren’t 100% sure what the shape of Poland looks like.

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Monsters, Part 4: Dismemberment & Bugs

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Gable, The Globe and Mail, as seen in Porfoolio 22

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Dolighan, Sun Media, 5 October 2009

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Grip, Toronto, 1880, via the Begbie Society Contest

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Rick McKee, Augusta Chronicle, 25 April 2010

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Monsters, Part 3: Just your standard anthropomorphic snake post

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“Persues and Andromeda Up-to-Date,” A.G. Racey, Halifax Herald, 2 January 1917, via G. Bruce Retallack’s dissertation, “Drawing the Lines”

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“The Great Disunion Serpent,” seen in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature, 1904, page 158

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“A Sign of the Times,” Punch in Canada, Montreal, 23 February 1850

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“The Great American WHAT IS IT? Chased By Copperheads,” 1863

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“Gladstone the Liberator,” from Judge, seen at Dubliner’s restaurant in Washington, DC

 

1856

“The Presidential Campaign of ’56,” 1856, as seen in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature and Abraham Lincoln: His Path to the Presidency by Albert Shaw, page 190, at the Newberry Library

1920

“The Trail of the Snake,” 13 February 1920, The Labor Leader, Toronto, via Begbie Society Contest

1848

“The Great Sea Serpent of 1848″ as seen in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature

Snakes also seem to be a favo(u)rite theme of Berryman’s on St. Patrick’s Day:

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3-17-1918 Berryman

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3-17-1922 Berryman

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Monsters, Part 2: Two-headed Creatures (and more!)

Other than the Two-Headed Monster on Sesame Street, this wasn’t exactly a search that resulted in light-hearted Google image results. I leave you with some cartoons that I collected that I don’t think quite qualify as hydra or dragons, although some of them have more than two heads (or one head with two bodies):

Abe Lincoln vol 2- Newberry NEH 2014 p 70

In Abraham Lincoln: His Path to the Presidency by Albert Shaw, page 70, via the Newberry Library

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Damien Giez, 17 December 2010

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Edd Uluschak, Edmonton Journal, 13 May 1970

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“A Four-sided face,” Serge Chapleau, 1992

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Nate Beeler, 12 May 2011

Mike Keefe,

Mike Keefe, 15 May 2011

John Collins, The Gazette,  Montreal, 30 November 1943, via the McCord Museum (as seen in Great Canadian Political Cartoons, Volume 2)

John Collins, The Gazette, Montreal, 30 November 1943, via the McCord Museum (as seen in Hou & Hou’s Great Canadian Political Cartoons, Vol. 2)

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“Split crow in the Crimea,” Punch, in The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature, p 126

 Review of Reviews and World's Work: An International Magazine, Volume 3

Review of Reviews and World’s Work: An International Magazine, Volume 3, 1891

"The Man with Six Heads," caricature of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1815

“The Man with Six Heads,” caricature of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1815

1904, Chicagoans as we see em, page 366

1904, Chicagoans as we see ’em, page 366

Bob Chambers, Chronicle Herald, Halifax, 9 June 1972, as seen in Hou & Hou's Great Canadian Political Cartoons Vol. 3

Bob Chambers, Chronicle Herald, Halifax, 9 June 1972, seen in Hou & Hou’s Great Canadian Political Cartoons, Volume 3

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Monsters, Part 1: Hydra Round-up

Adding to last week’s collection of hydras and other many-headed monsters, I give you some more hydras, along with dragons and sundry beasts:

c1906, Californians as we see 'em

c1906, Californians as we see ’em

"Dealing with the Dragon," 1926, Donald McRitchie

“Dealing with the Dragon,” 1926, Donald McRitchie, Halifax Herald

This one is punny:

"A Hydro-Headed Monster," Donald McRitchie - Halifax Herald - 1921

“A Hydro-Headed Monster,” 1921,
Donald McRitchie, Halifax Herald

Two more cartoons from Canadian collections:

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“Quebec Hydra,” c 1944, John Collins, via McCord Museum

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“Nazi Hydra Made in Germany,” c 1930s, George Racey, via McCord Museum

 

Another World War II item:

"Neville and the Hydra, or Nearly through," 29 June 1938, Punch

“Neville and the Hydra, or Nearly through,” 29 June 1938, Punch

Fast-forwarding a bit to more recent history:

25 March 2004, Tim Dolighan

25 March 2004, Tim Dolighan

There are more images here:

– “Mormon Hydra (1 of 2),” The Juvenile Instructor, by Edje Jeter (21 July 2013)

– “Mormon Hydra (2 of 2),” The Juvenile Instructor, by Edje Jeter (28 July 2013)

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