Canada: America’s Hat?

Most of my favo(u)rite variations on perspective are the funny ones:

america's hatcanada's shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of my favo(u)rite tweets of all time may suggest, I really like using these images in talks:

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13 July 2012 tweet from San Diego Comic-Con after my talk about Alpha Flight fan letters, “So that’s what an angry Canadian sounds like!”

For quite a while (since 2010ish), I thought these carto-caricature pieces were INSPIRED GENIUS. Now, I still think they are inspired genius, but I have also managed to trace the trajectory of “Canada: America’s Hat” back a bit:

"Another little touch of store throat" by Paul Plaschke, Louisville Times, 1924, as seen in  Latin America in Caricature (1980: 61).

“Another little touch of store throat” by Paul Plaschke, Louisville Times, 1924, as seen in Latin America in Caricature (1980: 61).

"The trouble is as close to him as his own coat tails" by Billy Ireland, Columbus Dispatch, 1927, as seen in 231

“The trouble is as close to him as his own coat tails” by Billy Ireland, Columbus Dispatch, 1927, as seen in Latin America in Caricature (1980: 231).

"New Map of the United States" by John Collins, Montreal Gazette, 1964, via the McCord Museum.

“New Map of the United States” by John Collins, Montreal Gazette, 1964, via the McCord Museum.

There are also some new-fangled variations on the hat theme:

america's hat2 america's tuque canada americas hat2

 

 

 

 

And some take-offs (tehe) on Canada’s pants:

canada's underwear canadas-pants

 

 

 

 

 

And, sometimes, America is Canada’s hat:

"Free Trade" by Serge Chapleau, 1985, via McCord Museum

“Free Trade” by Serge Chapleau, 1985, via the McCord Museum.

Plus there’s this image file that I found in the same folder called “foster parents,” which I don’t understand particularly well (and I’ve managed to misplace the citation, so I may remain ignorant about its provenance):

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There’s also Colbert’s take on North America:

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And here’s Lillian Lancaster’s more (equally?) colo(u)rful “Cartoon Map of North America,” featuring a few more hats:

cartoon map of north america by lillian lancaster

I haven’t found “America: Mexico’s [Hateful?] Hat” or other variations on that theme, but if you’ve come across such a thing, I’d really like to see it!

In preparing this post, I did come across “Mexico: America’s Beard.”

america's beard

That seems to match up with this “Map of the United States” (citation needed / much sought after), where Mexico seems to be Uncle Sam’s beard / lower lip as he goes after Cuba:

ND2In conclusion, as ever, there’s not really a conclusion – just food for thought (poor Cuba) and lots of graphic aids for thinking about North American politics, policies, and attitudes.

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  1. Pingback: Thanks, Canada. You’re pretty great, too. | Ephemereality

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