John Tinney McCutcheon Collection

MU Ellis Special Collections Comic Collection 7

368 original cartoons; 25 reproductions

Scope and Contents

The majority of the items in this collection are original pen and ink cartoons drawn for the Chicago Tribune from 1903 to 1944. These editorial cartoons focus on social issues, economics, politics, and both World Wars. The collection includes cartoons on the Great Depression and several presidential races, as well as a number of cartoons that are of particular interest to the history of Missouri. The collection also contains illustrations drawn for Cosmopolitan from 1912 to 1926, many of which accompanied the humorous stories by George Ade in his collection entitled Fables in Slang. Reproductions of some of McCutcheon’s more popular cartoons, and some original pen and ink drawings painted with watercolor are also included in the collection.

The collection will be of interest to researchers of American political history, early twentieth-century social attitudes, the World Wars, economic concerns, the history of American journalism, and related topics.

Provenance

The collection was donated by McCutcheon’s widow, Evelyn Shaw McCutcheon, in 1955. Past University President Elmer Ellis was instrumental in acquiring the collection.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is not catalogued. The collection is available to all researchers, although in their present state, the cartoons are fragile and offer only limited access. Permission to publish or reproduce any of these image files must be received from the Head of Special Collections, and in cases in which copyright still applies, from the estate of John Tinney McCutcheon and the Chicago Tribune.

Biographical Note

John Tinney McCutcheon (1870-1949) is often referred to as “the Dean of Cartoonists” and is best known for his political and satirical work. Born on a small farm near Lafayette, Indiana, McCutcheon went on to graduate from Purdue University in 1889. His career as a cartoonist and journalist began at the Chicago Morning News in 1895, but the bulk of his career (1903-1946) was spent at the Chicago Tribune. McCutcheon traveled widely, often serving as a correspondent during his journeys. He was embedded with the U.S.S. McCulloch in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War and witnessed the Battle of Manila, and he also reported on events in South Africa and Europe during World War I.

McCutcheon’s cartoons provided commentary on presidential races, national politics, societal changes and economic hardships. He was particularly strong in his support for Theodore Roosevelt’s attempt at a third term as President and found in him an ample supply of material for his work in the Tribune. McCutcheon also published illustrations for several books by George Ade, a fellow Indianan and Purdue graduate whose humorous “fables” were widely popular from the turn of the century through the 1930s. In addition to lecturing throughout the U.S., McCutcheon was a speaker at MU during Journalism Week in 1939. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1931 for the cartoon “A Wise Economist Asks a Question.”

McCutcheon married Evelyn Shaw in 1917. After his death in 1949, Mrs. McCutcheon distributed his original drawings to several institutions in the Midwest, and also helped to publish his autobiography, Drawn from Memory (New York, 1950).

Collection Inventory and Key

Except for the Miscellaneous group, each drawing and reproduction has been assigned a unique number. There are four series of numbers:

All numbered cartoons except the Cosmopolitan series have been assigned a broad subject code. They are:

  • ECONOMICS – Business, monetary, labor/management issues and problems, and other economic situations
  • NATURE – Usually weather conditions or seasons of the year
  • SOCIETY – Scenes or opinions about purely social events and issues. Personal and family relationships, social commentary. Includes the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904.
  • WORLD – International events and world politics not directly related to the World Wars.
  • WWI – Events and comments about the events leading up to and during World War I
  • POST-WWI – Depictions of and opinions about the direct political, economic and social aftermath of World War I.
  • PRE-WWII – Events directly related to the outbreak of World War II
  • WWII – Events during WWII directly related to the war
  • MIXED – These have more than one panel, with the subjects of the panels falling into more than one of the other categories

Original Pen and Ink Drawings for the Chicago Tribune

ID M D Y Subject Caption Description
1 Columbus Day 4 scenes of Columbus in modern-day Chicago
2 Universal Military
Training… Huskiness
Thin men admire husky shoulders,
are told they would be too, if trained
3 Economics none Man amazed by long Christmas
list of “Victims… Oil… Swindle”
4 Economics How the Milk Trust… Poor Consumer Milk-shippers raise price 3/8
cent; trust raises one cent, gives thanks
5 Economics Why Cotton Goods are so High Southern Dems approve wheat
price fixing during war, oppose cotton fixing
6 Economics none Three scenes involving Henry
Ford
7 Economics none “The Unemployed” man
is ignored by passers-by
8 Economics none 3 scenes of men buying, then
wishing they had waited
9 Economics A week with a great wheat
speculator
Man corners wheat market, is
besieged by crowd, has to leave town
10 Economics Why the dividend was cut Labor demands dividend cut in
return for wage cut
11 Economics If we don’t look… without coal
and railroads
Railroad and coal strikers see
busy highways, hydro-powered machines
12 Mixed Some idle thoughts on the law 6 unrelated panels, one depicts
T. Roosevelt
13 Mixed The changing world German defeat didn’ t bring
peace, marching through Arc d’Triomphe
14 2 2 Nature Mr. Ground Hog — His Day Groundhog comes out of hole, is
scared back by shadow from car headlight
15 Politics How the election returns look 16 panels, Taft reads
unfavorable headlines
16 Politics “Vote, Brother, Vote” poem 3 men, drawn with all right
angles, at mail box with “post card” vote
17 Politics none 3 panels about political
convention; cheering, roll call, KKK
18 12 24 Politics The honorable mentionables for
President…
Parade of contenders named in
alphabetical rhyme
19 Politics none Elephant and donkey read
Minnesota election returns: Farm/Labor won
20 Politics none Pollster asks “Ohio”
which of her favorite sons she loves best
21 Politics Mr. American
Reactionary… Opinion… Europe
Europeans praise T. Roosevelt to
the dismay of biased Americans
22 Politics How we have changed! Pinckney said not a cent for
tribute, now Pol. Says none for defense
23 Politics Before and After Congress very interested as they
pass raise, sessions ignored afterwards
24 Politics The controlled newspaper… News
doctor
Baised editor charges copy of T.
Roosevelt story to distort content
25 Politics Presidential nominees… Leap year 2 panels: “Nomination”
woman proposes; is chased up tree by pursuers
26 Politics none Congress proud of 70% naval
efficiency; Uncle Sam & Hughes shocked
27 Politics none Wedding of “Brooklyn”
woman and “New York” man, almost all are unhappy
28 Politics none 3 scenes of people hopelessly
deadlocked calling for Judge Landis
29 Politics Just before election Wilson, Marshall campaign
against trusts, gambling except in home states
30 Politics The chaffeur gives a
demonstration
Democratic Party donkey wants to
run country after crashing convention car
31 Politics Nailing it up to stay Uncle Sam nails “Ship
Subsidy” flag to “Adequate Merchant Marine” ship
32 Politics none Stock jugglers threaten man on
way to good government with “panic” sword
33 Politics At the ringside T.R. talks to man in center of
roped-off area, reporters strain to hear
34 Politics Missouri loves company but not
that one
Missouri kicks “New York
Life Insurance Co.” out door
35 Politics none Democrats unimpressed when
G.O.P. wins Maine; rejoice when they do
36 Politics Hearst is going to read… Tonight Unhappy men in circle make inane
comments, read paper upside down, etc.
37 Politics none Groups cheer for Charles W.
Bryan or John W. Davis
38 Politics none President happy when both horses
(houses) Republican; unhappy when Senate is Democratic
39 Politics none After radio speech, politician
is overheard; “radio vote” defeats him
40 Politics none Man holds “Financial
Plan,” other man holds “Tariff Revision,” tips hat
41 Politics none Group led by Napoleon-like
“Hearst of N.Y.” trudges through mud
42 Politics none 5 scenes of Chicago aldermanic
stunts, etc.
43 Post-WWI none Uncle Sam, Wilson as Policeman
of Europe, Monroe Doctrine signs
44 Society none Man dates girl from escort
service, they don’t have the same interests
45 Society Babe Ruth’s at the bat! Man in open roadster is hit by
baseball from World Series park
46 Society The country set to music Outline of U.S. with musical
notes for cities
47 Society The onward march of civilization Hand tallies battles, men
engaged, losses from Waterloo to Shakhe River
48 Society none Couple rents fake expensive
furniture for moving day
49 8 28 Society Sentiment during office hours Chief accountant daydreams while
clerk works; they end up switched places
50 Society As bad as the muck rake man Man crawls in trench filling
bags with money, is on way to cemetery
51 7 3 Society Important News… Front (Lake
Front)
Vignette of soldier on guard
duty halting girlfriend, officer observes
52 Society Waiting for relief Poor woman shields children from
hot sun, looks out at water
53 2 22 Society As he would have looked in
modern garb
Portrait of George Washington in
early 20th century suit
54 Society The teacher of militarism Old man tells boys about good
old days of 1915, women scold him
55 Society When the old homestead, etc. House gets smaller and smaller
compared to people, trees, outbuildings
56 Society The wide tire ordinance Early autos shared streets with
horses, now wide tires are required
57 Society Last call for Leap Year
proposals!
8 panels: woman plays wedding
march, pretends to talk to other man
58 Society The “Hobo” test On way to Salvation Army lodge,
some turn back rather than bathe
59 Society The spirit of the times Scenes of people disregarding
signs: keep off grass, no smoking, etc.
60 Society A political discussion Man and woman sit at table in
conversation
61 Society none 6 panels: people shoot each
other for little reason
62 Society none Man leaves farm for city, has
huge food bill due to farm/crop shortages
63 8 10 Society When parents begin to wonder At 10:30, couple discusses where
Willie is tonight
64 Society Have you ever noticed – Foreign ambassadors to U.S.
unaffected by flattery, American ones are
65 Society Our present divorce laws Couple sits apart or together
depending on what state train passes through
66 Society How to raise more taxes Duty on Mexican divorces;
Heiress/nobleman marriage; exchange rate
67 Society none Policeman interrupts meeting of
ladies league of anti-vice crusaders
68 Society The steel trust millionaire… 5 panels: man succeeds in
business, steps out on wife, loses respect
69 Society none Rich man approaches, is embraced
by, 4 other men
70 Society The remorse that got sidetracked 4 panels: woman with candle, man
carries shoes, darkness, unhappy morning
71 Society none Man loses hat, misses train;
becomes rich and is admired
72 Society none 6 panels: old-fashioned
weddings, “modern” ones where vows are temporary
73 Society none 4 panels: billiards, theatre,
bar, tree
74 Society Showing… People… Don’t… Mean… What… Say Visitor dismays family by
“making himself at home”; smokes, gambles, etc.
75 World The polite arts of diplomacy Baron Uschida, President Taft
face each other with secret treaties in pocket
76 World Britain’s Black Friday Huge fist (“miners”,
“railway men”) is held over England
77 World none Uniformed man is shocked reading
history of French Revolution
78 World none Uncle Sam tried to keep out
undesirable immigrants
79 World A good New Year’s resolution Hand writes out check to Italian
relief fund
80 World School is about to open in the
far east
Japan teaches modern military
methods to Korea and China
81 World One of the little father’s busy
days
Paranoid czar goes through day
behind guards and walls
82 World The siren “Conquest” whispers
into ear of “France” while world is dismayed
83 World Some expert advice… Panama Canal Farmer, woman editor, man
editor, scientist offer silly advice on canal
84 World none Britannia boasts about sbsidized
merchant marine, Uncle Sam frowns
85 World The war
department… ladrones… insurgents
Military man puzzled by special
dispatch about fighting in Manila
86 World The captain and crew… William P.
Frye
Prinz Eitel Friederich ship
sinks the Wm. P. Frye
87 World Undisputed sovereignty Uncle Sam proudly views Panama
Canal as U.S. flag flies above it
88 WWI Another case of hyphenitis Uncle Sam watches
Italian-Americans board ships to fight for Italy
89 WWI Cartoons of the day Gen. Crowder, Pellegrini’s Raid;
U.S. builds 10,000 tons of shipping a day
90 Politics none Sideshow barkers call McKinley
largest man in world, smallest in U.S.
91 Society none Various displays in Museum of
U.S. Wealth (gold statue of McKinley)
92 Economics none 3 panels: 3 scenes of government
and individual greed
93 Politics Sen. Aldrich’s… Troupe… Senators Tiny senators surround chair and
agree with Sen. Aldrich
94 Economics none 3 panels at the “Harriman
Rex Railroads”
95 1903 Society It’s easy… help when you don’t
need it
Man down on luck is shunned,
later when prosperous has many friends
96 1903 Society Some people… believe… bad things Man in club is talked about,
negative aspects get emphasized
97 1904 Society Colorado at the St. Louis
World’s Fair
Colorado groups and exhibits,
such as grizzly bear, miners, etc.
98 2 13 1904 World Strategic War Map… Port
Arthur… Tiger’s Tail
Map of “tiger’s tail”
part of Korea
99 5 23 1904 Society Texas at the St. Louis World’s
Fair
Parade of Texas entries wind
through picture
100 7 8 1904 Politics Two scenes in St. Louis 2 scenes: Demo. Delegates cheer
for Philippine independence, see hunt
101 9 9 1904 Society Mississippi Day at the St. Louis
World’s Fair
Parade of entries from
Mississippi winds across page
102 9 6 1904 Society New Jersey at the St. Louis Fair Parade of entries from New
Jersey winds across page
103 10 6 1904 Society Dropping down to the Fair for
Chicago Day
Crowd drops from sky onto St.
Louis
104 11 28 1904 Politics Pres. Roosevelt… Chicago Trip “Missouri” and
“Reception Comm.” sleep in rockers at retirement home
105 12 2 1904 Society Scene in St. Louis yesterday “Francis” (Pres.of
fair) is showered with flowers from cannon
106 1905 World Two ways… Peace… Russia a kopeck Rockefeller and Carnegie give
loads of money to Komura and Dewitte
107 1 21 1905 Politics Missouri loves company but not a
crowd
Politician sits between
“Kerens” and “Niedringhaus”
108 1 11 1905 Society If… weather continues… Russian
costume
Women in national costumes
shiver, envy warm Russian costume
109 1 3 1905 World “Well, General,
you… magnificent fight!”
Surrender scene: Nogi gives
Stoessel peace laurel, receives sword
110 3 20 1905 Politics Exciting finish… Mo. Senatorial
race
“Missouri” hangs onto
tail of running elephant
111 8 30 1905 World One sun that hasn’t been
eclipsed
Japanese soldier waves Japanese
flag
112 1906 Politics The “ayes” had it… N.Y.
Rep. Convention
Bosses and machine men don’t
want Hughes; people shout them down
113 2 7 1906 World Our daily hint from Paris… “Count B. de C.” sits
unhappily on steps, has lost his meal ticket
114 2 13 1906 Society Cut out and send Wedding congratulations card to
send to Nicholas Longworth in Washington
115 3 13 1906 Politics Missouri and Mr. Rockefeller 4 panels: Missouri, Subpoena in
hand, and dog chase barrel
116 3 6 1906 Politics Missouri and Mr. Rockefeller Missouri, subpoena in hand, and
dog follow footprints to Wash. Monument
117 3 9 1903 Politics Missouri and Mr. Rockefeller Missouri and dog jump from
Washington Monument following footprints
118 3 21 1906 Nature The last day of Mr. Winter Chicago hands hat to old man
winter, sitting in icy chair
119 3 18 1906 Politics Missouri and Mr. Rockefeller 4 panels: Missouri, subpoena in
hand, and dog chase barrel to cave
120 1 22 1907 World The governor of Jamaica 2 panels: U.S. friendly to
Jamaica; John Bull extends fist across ocean
121 8 22 1907 Economics Come on in, boys Good men, sheltered by law, call
to unhappy criminals outside in rain
122 11 22 1907 Economics The Trust Conference in a
nutshell
3 panels: meeting adjourns after
one brief statement about obeying law
123 1908 Politics Some schemes… Interest in the
campaigns
3 scenes of mixing politics with
baseball to increase public interest
124 1908 Politics Map of the U.S… .Finance… Senate Distorted U.S. map emphasizes
Eastern cities, all else wrong/misspelled
125 1908 Politics When Uncle Adlai goes a-wooing Man calls on Miss Illinois, is
followed by “Adlai’s War Record”, etc.
126 2 1 1908 Politics Where Gov. Hughes launched his
boom…
At convention, crowd ignores
speaker to read “President’s message”
127 1910 Mixed The changing world Coal threatened by oil; Wm. J.
Bryan; mandate now subjugates people
128 1910 Politics Taft — “Shake hands with
… Canadian… “
Taft introduces Middle West to
Canadian reciprocity
129 1910 Politics Will it be conservative or
progressive?
Taft writes message while
interested parties peer in windows
130 1910 Politics Pres. Taft — “Hello… Coroner?” Taft sits on squished “Jap
warscare” man
131 1910 Politics Sen. Ballinger… White Christmas Repub. Majority brings
whitewash, minority report angry in background
132 8 12 1910 World Fifty years from now Elderly couple
“Albruzzi” and “Miss Elkins” wait for consent
133 10 6 1910 World 3 captions suggested Manuel, deposed king of
Portugal, watches joyous Portuguese republic
134 6 16 1911 Politics Adkins commanding… Waters to stop Adkins tries to hold back tide
for waterways legislation
135 9 29 1911 Economics Busy days for… stock trader 6 panels: man confused over
stock implications of news stories
136 12 19 1911 World Adjusting the Russian treaty
difficulty
3 panels: Uncle Sam changes
wording of Sulzer resolution
137 1912 Politics none 3 scenes of T.R., Taft, Harding
in primaries, convention
138 1912 Politics “Well, Gentlemen” said
the President…
Taft and 8 men sit in cabinet
room, one (Ballinger) sweats under stares
139 1912 Politics For chairman of convention “Gavel rule” wins even
thought TR had many more primary delegates than Taft
140 1912 Politics Proposed solution… problem Man suggests preferential
primaries as a solution to fraudulent delegates
141 1912 Nature The great spring take-off Hot man writes letter asking
Taft, Roosevelt views on wool underwear
142 1912 Society Political methods — old and new Old-style backroom boys politics
compared to new family-oriented way
143 1912 Politics Awkward mistake in the date Taft writes out 1912 because the
numerals look too much like T.R.
144 1912 Mixed Each panel has own caption Capital/labor argue, U.S. asked
to mediate war unrest, G.O.P. internal argument
145 8 13 1912 Politics The Senate passes a parcels post
bill
Senators pleased with parcels
post legislation, express cos. Upset
146 10 24 1912 World The troubles of Turkey 2 panels: Turkey bemoans weak
navy, strong army; army is defeated
147 11 9 1912 World Swimming the Hellespont In Constantinople,
“sultan” and others jump into sea, head for Asia
148 1913 World Japan objects to the weapon… Japanese soldier and Calif. Man
face each other across ocean
149 1913 Politics none “States Rights” girl
abandoned by W.J.B.; Californians sell land to Japanese
150 1913 Economics none U.S. businessman reluctant to
sell to Japanese man, sells at $6000
151 4 9 1913 Politics The President is working on his
message
Wilson writes message to
Congress on poorly built “1913 Cabinet”
152 4 5 1913 Politics Make the punishment fit the
crime
3 panels: while Aldrich buys
antiques in Paris, tax is passed on them
153 5 9 1913 World If he finds one… St. Helena John Bull looks fearfully under
his bed
154 10 25 1913 World Huerta and Felix Diaz 2 panels: Huerta and Diaz laugh
over deaths, then Huerta betrays Diaz
155 1914 World Madame Caillaux… help over here Americans watch uproar in Paris,
offer help to Mme. Caillaux
156 11 26 1914 WWI There will be… vacant
chairs… meeting
Few nations at meeting to
negotiate armistice on all belligerent frons
157 11 16 1914 WWI “Bobs” Taken Battle rages in backgroun das
death leads away Lord Roberts
158 1915 Politics The President… business in
Massachusetts
President carries axe “For
Theodore”, runs out of White House towards Massachusetts
159 1915 Politics none William Jennings Bryan,
Secretary of State, and miner can’t meet expenses; take second jobs
160 1915 WWI The Christmas Carol… not
rehearsed
Wilson sings “Peace”
while Lansing sings “war”
161 1915 WWI The refining influence… war
stocks
Family deplores war until they
buy war stocks, then look for profit
162 1915 WWI Why the U.S. must be strictly
neutral…
Stars of U.S. flag are labeled
with many different nationalities
163 1 13 1915 Politics Suggestion… new seating… Illinois
legis.
House is divided to wet and dry
sides, regardless of party
164 2 4 1915 WWI Will there be enough to go
around?
Nations crowd around Uncle Sam
preparing to slice “U.S. Bread”
165 4 31 1915 WWI The great temperance worker “War” chops head of
Liquor as European countries watch
166 4 25 1915 WWI Two unpopular Europeans 2 panels: Man won’t enlist, man
doesn’t worry for his country after war
167 5 12 1915 WWI Two crimes Sub attacks ocean liner;
mercenary ammo is stored in it
168 1916 Politics Long distance driving From White House porch, Wilson
holds reigns of donkey in San Francisco
169 1916 Politics He kept us out of war! Behind proud Dem. Speaker, other
nationals say he wouldn’t have if…
170 1916 Politics Getting scareder and scareder! Wilson increased campaign
activities as Hughes gains ground
171 1916 WWI none 5 panels of bi-plane dogfight
scenes
172 1916 Politics The N.Y. “Suffs” and
the “Anti’s”
As suffragette parade passes, it
gets larger, anti’s get smaller
173 5 20 1916 WWI National defense 2 panels: defense sentiment
speeds along, man hates taxes, fears invasion
174 6 13 1916 Politics All about politics 5 scens about Democratic
convention in St. Louis; Wilson, Bryan appear
175 8 10 1916 Politics Don’t let him go, whatever you
do
Said by Uncle Sam to Wilson as
“Arbitration” leaves ship of state
176 11 5 1916 Politics The daily bread line 1913 Men stand in 1913 bread line,
one has sign: he kept us out of work
177 1917 WWI Winning the war 5 panels: words, wishes, etc.
won’t win war, rifles will
178 1917 WWI Pan-Germany is… Panicy Germany German says they’ll win before
U.S. can arrive, is covered by losses
179 1917 WWI There are some
Congressmen… Germans
Uncle Sam’s arms are weak or
held back by Congressional ropes
180 1917 WWI In the national army parade
today…
People watch parade, wonder who
will be “the Grant of this war”
181 1917 WWI Long speeches by those pictured Patrick Henry, Stephen Decatur,
and Private Sammy Jones on patriotism
182 5 10 1917 WWI The new income tax 6 panels: men decide giving mere
money not so bad as soldiers march by
183 6 1 1917 Mixed Cartoonical miscellany 3 panels: war scene; draft;
spring scene
184 9 27 1917 WWI Peace talk 3 panels: soldier drags public;
Reichstag talks peace; tickertape is down
185 11 15 1917 WWI Tag Day 2 oval scenes: man gives to
“Tag Day”, is asked to give to “Liberty Loan”
186 9 2 1918 Mixed 3 stories, 3 captions Threat of Union/Strike;
Pro-prohibition; labor party
187 1919 Politics Political 3 scenes about Wilson, his
political “punch”, and the League of Nations
188 1919 Politics New members of the club League amendments, daylight
savings join political issues club
189 1919 Post-WWI Compromises Wilson compromised at Versailles
for treaty, now won’t with Congress
190 1919 Post-WWI America would like to know Uncle Sam asks Wilson when
“America” gave its word to the world
191 8 14 1916 Politics Mr. Wilson — “Hey, don’t
wreck that car… “
Railroad labor and management
argue, almost drive car across tracks
192 1919 Post-WWI Nope! Wilson, carrying League
covenant, can’t bring Uncle Sam with him
193 1919 Post-WWI If things… according… prospectus Wilson and League meet openly,
then hold secret meetings
194 1919 Post-WWI none Ben Franklin in Paris as U.S.
envoy; Wilson in victory parade in Paris
195 3 8 1919 World Bolshevism 3 panels: Allies in rear are
unrest, etc.; army marches; invades
196 1920 Post-WWI none Thin “war level
profits” admonishes fat “war level wages” to reduce
197 1920 Post-WWI none Man upset with taxes caused by
war costs, upset with Democrats
198 1920 Politics Congress is all out
investigatin’
2 men on porch watch groups
scurrying around looking into “Teapot Dome,” etc.
199 1920 World none Shipping trust wants to go
through Panama Canal free, Uncle Sam refuses
200 1920 Post-WWI Our foreign relations… after the
war
Uncle Sam eats big meal as poor
people, deposed kings look in windows
201 1920 Economics Making a bad situation worse Undesirable immigrants pour off
ship as unemployed Americans watch
202 1920 Mixed Cartoons of the day Delaware halts women’s vote;
Germany loses hope; Irish revolt interferes
203 1920 Mixed Big bills Reparations caused by war; crime
wave in Chicago; Taft friendly with Wilson
204 1920 Post-WWI As Uncle Sam Prepares… European
Game
Uncle Sam joins Europe in
reparation inquiry, Congress worried
205 1920 Politics none In 1912, Lafollette snubbed
T.R., now he leads Progressive Party
206 1920 Society none 3 panels: 3 scenes of hypocrisy
207 1920 World Will they come to an agreement? “Irish” asks for
U.S.-style independence, John Bull offers commonwealth
208 1920 Society A busy day at the county jail 4 panels: Prisoners break out of
jail under guards’ noses
209 2 1 1921 Nature City pigeons Pigeon escapes car wheels, sits
on ledge of building.Has sketch on
back
210 10 8 1921 Economics 3 scenes, 3 captions 3 panels showing possible
consequences of impending railroad strike
211 11 30 1921 World none 3 panels: Uncle Sam threatens
Japanese diplomat over fair naval ratios
212 12 2 1921 Post-WWI Movies for the conference Winners and losers all crushed
under debt and suffering, war discredited
213 12 1 1921 Politics New set of teeth 2 scenes: Prohibition violators
and dog, who is fierce because of Landis
214 1922 Economics We hope he wins the hole Harding golfs as rail execs and
labor squabble
215 1922 Mixed none Why Beveridge won; Chinese
battle scene; Soviets don’t recognize Kerensky
216 1922 World And so they may go to war about
it
Kamel, John Bull both declare
they’re for freedom of the straits
217 8 19 1922 Politics Next on the program… Juggling act Backstage, GOP and Democratic
tariff orators prepare to debate/wrestle
218 9 12 1922 World The Turkish Victory 2 panels: France, England ride
in sedan chairs, are shaken up
219 9 24 1922 Nature Jack Frost Elf sits on leaf, paints other
leaves
220 10 16 1922 Post-WWI If… referendum on war debt
cancellation
New York and Chicago vote yes,
map of country bulges with people shouting no
221 1923 Politics none Democratic Convention to be held
in New York; Ford drives west and south ladies
222 1 20 1923 Society Have you… had this happen to you? 3 panels: At busy city
intersection, car turns right into pedestrians
223 8 8 1923 Politics The changing world Harding lays wreath on casket of
unknown soldier; he lies in state
224 9 20 1923 Mixed none 3 panels: constitution, arms
limitation, Germany on trial
225 1924 Politics none Dawes/Lafollette fight; hot
campaign/cool weather; Davis/Bryan clash
226 1924 Politics They’re off! Davis, Coolidge, Lafollette ride
animals in “Grand Eighty-Day Race”
227 1924 Politics none Dawes gives acceptance speech as
if selling bottles of remedy
228 8 1924 Politics All aboard for the grand
experiment
Lafollette drives bandwagon
pulled by bobcat, calls farmers to join it
229 1924 Politics That So. Dakota breeze and
Coolidge’s hat
Coolidge’s hat is blown into
ring by South Dakota press, primary result
230 1924 Politics none Crowd cheers, “Ford for
President” but Ford drives off cheering for Coolidge
231 1925 Politics A new sign at the White House Coolidge changes administration
from Harding’s to his own
232 1925 Politics none “Battleship” in
outrage as Admiral Sims courts “The Air Plane”
233 8 10 1925 Society on back: Mysteries of Golf 6 scenes of golfers swinging,
observer comments in Chinese
234 10 28 1925 Post-WWI When the League has to justify
itself
League tries to discipline
fighting Bulgaria and Greece
235 12 5 1925 World Goshki! … Must be terrible… in
U.S.-ski
In Moscow, Russians drink and
smoke, read Izvestia
236 1926 Society Maybe that’s why he’s getting
busy
“Death” looks at
ledger book, tells “poison moonshine” to get busy
237 1926 Economics Labor Day Man watching Labor Day parade
says American labor is envy of world
238 1926 Post-WWI How many friends… world court? Uncle Sam looks unhappily at
world court, composed of non-Americans
239 1926 World Filipino Independence Filipino wants independence but
won’t give it to the Moros
240 1926 Politics Page Dr. Dawes or Dr. Sowden Sick farmer, attended by Dr.
Coolidge, wants a western doctor
241 1927 Politics none William Randolph Hearst is
chased by lion, visits royalty, is hypnotized
242 1927 Politics Chairman Butler reports to his
chief
In oval office, Coolidge hears
election sentiment report
243 1927 World They’re teaching him to be hard
boiled
Uncle Sam, British negotiate
naval limitations in Geneva
244 1927 Mixed Cartoons of the day Comet is sighted; New York to
Paris flight delayed; Poincare fans war hate
245 1927 Mixed Cartoons of the day Supreme Court/Tea Pot Dome; U.S.
tourists in the U.K.; “War” likes war talk
246 1927 Politics Design for a summer White House… Coolidge shakes hands with
farmers from White House-like train
247 1927 Society none 3 panels: beauty pageant;
entertainment; college
248 1 23 1927 A languishing profession… War propagandists observe how
people no longer trust propaganda
249 8 4 1927 Politics The President chooses Coolidge decides to use the word
“choose” when declining to run in 1928
250 9 10 1927 Society Cartoons of the day 3 panels: Soldier’s field;
porter refuses tips; “Dis and dat boys”
251 12 22 1927 Mixed Cartoons of the day Will Rogers; Lindbergh
popularity; Sen. Reed tells Missouri he won’t run
252 1928 Politics The nation will be all ears
tonight
Nation of donkeys and elephants
listens to Hoover’s acceptance speech
253 1928 Politics none Hoover’s hat is in ring, others
run toward it
254 1928 Politics Cornerstones of the full
dinnerpail
Tariff, restrictive immigration,
farm relief, defense hold up dinnerpail
255 1928 Society And yet he wondered… not feeling
well
6 panels: Man complains to
doctor after reading news of death, tragedy
256 1928 Politics U.S. Supreme Court reversed… Lower court finds no fraud in
Teapot Dome oil deal, Supreme Court aghast
257 1928 Politics Both equally to
blame… religion… politics
Uncle Sam says men for/against
Smith because Catholic both intolerant
258 6 11 1928 Mixed Cartoons of the day U.S. and Australia; convention
on radio; woman pleads in court
259 6 12 1928 Politics Keynoter… convention looked… like
Hoover
Large scene of a full convention
hall
260 6 11 1928 Politics The probable starter as seen
today
Men and an elephant watch horses
prepare for race
261 6 12 1928 Politics The mysterious stranger
greets… old friend
Missouri greets G.O.P. with open
arms; solid Democratic South horrifed
262 6 11 1928 Politics Marathon race between two
sphinxes
Men watch 2 sphinxes — one is
Coolidge, one is Mellon
263 6 12 1928 Politics none 2 scenes at convention: Mellon,
Vare, Curtis mentioned
264 6 14 1928 Economics According to the autopsy… meant
well
“Farm Relief forces”
crowd around grave of “Equalization Fee”
265 6 12 1928 Politics So it’s Hoover G.O.P. elephant gets word from
PA delegation that it’s Hoover
266 8 3 1928 Politics Confidence Hoover leads elephant across
“Bridge to the Presidency”
267 1929 Pre-WWII none Uncle Sam asks if people oppose
war; will defend themselves; will prepare
268 7 8 1929 Post-WWI Supposing American tourists in
France…
American says he’ll pay Parisian
waiter after others pay him, is kicked out
269 9 1 1929 Society The changing world Changing styles of heroes’
statues: portraits, beach wear
270 9 10 1929 World The inquiring reporter Reporter asks various people who
is aggressor in China/Russia row
271 1930 World none Battleships of Japan, U.S., U.K.
head for rocks of bankruptcy revolt
272 1930 Pre-WWII Make him show his cards Germany, playing poker with
Allies, offers to divide the pot, then quit
273 1930 World China’s place in the sun China caught in spiderweb of
Japan
274 1930 Mixed Guiding hands Radio guides plane; British
officer beats Indian; Hoover calls extra session
275 2 9 1930 Society The rich farm and the spreading
thistles
Uncle Sam complacent as
“dishonesty” grows in “U.S.” fields
276 6 23 1930 World Cartoons of the day Mexico cheers Col. Fierro ; King
Carol of Romania arms; Stimson and Navy treaty
277 7 6 1930 Economics The changing world Before 1929, people bought all
stocks, now no one will buy even good deals
278 12 3 1930 Economics Sure he can! Hoover asks Uncle Sam if he can
lick unemployment hardships
279 1931 Economics Politicians
idea… unemployment… taxation
Politician suggests to Uncle Sam
that unemployed collect new taxes
280 1 31 1931 Nature none Crowd blocks shadow of
groundhog; men pull down shades in sausage mill
281 4 26 1931 Politics This will be a race worth
watching
Race between stork carrying 1932
campaign and “Dr. Hoover”
282 6 9 1931 Pre-WWII The interrupted merger Wedding of Austria and Germany
stopped by France
283 7 12 1931 Society Why not… sprouting… marriage & divorce Crowds watch marriage/divorce
scoreboard with great interest
284 8 15 1931 Society Another state they will avoid Criminals flee from Michigan’s
“quick and summary justice”
285 9 6 1931 Economics We hope his judgment is as poor
today…
Man weeps, “Prosperity
won’t return”; has said it was here to stay before
286 1932 Society The changing world 3 scenes of old-fashioned values
and fashions now being replaced
287 1934 Politics Uncle Sam… recovery
diet… digestion
Uncle Sam bloated by huge output
of legislation by 73rd Congress
288 11 20 1934 Mixed Cartoons of the day Cardinal Mundalein; Economic
recovery; DuPont supports munitions control
289 5 8 1934 Pre-WWII Dancing to the spring song Nations dance around
“war” organ grinder, League is helpless
290 1935 Society Death’s new favorite “Speed Mania” totals
up more deaths than wars
291 1935 Mixed The changing world Robot replaces aviator; donkey
and elephant; British Cubs warn against war
292 1935 Pre-WWII Putting a premium on aggression… Italy, France, Britain pledge to
help Ethiopia, then carve it up
293 1936 Economics Light and dark… mottoes… business
man…
Two walls with old- and
new-style business mottoes
294 1937 Economics The deadlock… stand patterns… sit
downers
General Motors and strikers
refuse to come to conference table
295 1937 Pre-WWII Sunken ships… historic
trouble-breeders
Group, including FDR, examine
sinking of U.S. gunboat Panay
296 2 28 1937 Post-WWI Would… be as short-sighted
in… next war?
Greedy businessmen profited from
WWI, costs to nation not worth it
297 4 29 1937 Society Ambassador Gerard’s rash promise 5 panels: Man wears the dress of
his hosts in various world locations
298 4 3 1938 Pre-WWII All treaties are not sanctified Huge “Versailles
Treaty” monster leaves footprints of hate, greed, etc.
299 6 30 1938 Society War hatreds are… as religious
hatreds
Rude carpetbagger after Civil
War; elderly veterans fraternize
300 1939 Pre-WWII In time we may get used to these
crises
Uncle Sam reads about Ethiopia,
Spain, etc., vows non-involvement
301 5 29 1939 Pre-WWII If the… haves… have
nots… conference
Hitler asks how much land
Britain has given to promote peace
302 6 29 1939 Pre-WWII A three-sided fight in
Washington
Isolationist Congress and
pro-League of Nations White House argue
303 6 8 1939 Politics none Crooks protest against Dewey,
“N.Y.’s Racket Busting D.A.”
304 9 3 1939 Politics none 12 portraits of Dewey with
different hair and moustache styles
305 1 16 1940 Politics Trying… prove… all things… him who
waits
9 men wait outside FDR’s door
306 7 11 1940 Politics G.O.P. conspires to sabotage
Democratic…
3 panels: Elephant suggests
British resource-sharing plan to Democrats
307 8 4 1940 WWII The anti-war
Americans… majority… heard
Uncle Sam and majority oppose
war, peace rally is held at Soldier Field
308 9 22 1940 Pre-WWII Human reasons versus human
nature
League of Nations futile; arms
help prosperity; ghost of Edmund Burke
309 1 26 1941 Politics none Uncle Sam proud of freedoms,
suggests national referendums
310 2 20 1941 WWII Mother’s Day in the White House FDR pledges not to send draftees
overseas; Congress doesn’t pass it
311 3 2 1941 WWII Every one… own national interests
first
View of Earth from space, all
countries say “Me First”
312 8 31 1941 Pre-WWII The changing world 3 scenes of U.S. military and
problems caused by foreign states
313 2 20 1942 WWII What beautiful winter weather… FDR announces shake-up of
Churchill’s cabinet to U.S. cabinet
314 6 17 1942 WWII Victories and defeat 2 panels: U.S. wins battles in
Pacific, loses them in Atlantic
315 6 21 1942 WWII Storm clouds on the Axis front Mussolini, Hitler, Hirohito see
powerful U.S. fists
316 7 12 1942 Nature The enquiring reporter Reporter hears from various
people how cool the weather is
317 9 11 1942 Politics Those purge
tactics… awful… kickback
Man reads primary results: purge
politics not patriotic
318 10 16 1942 WWII Our east front… west front Government strategists look out
windows to Stalingrad and Guadalcanal
319 10 28 1942 Mixed Cartoons of the day 3 panels: taxpayer complains;
Senate votes on draftees; war action
320 7 4 1943 Politics Mr. One World Wilkie interrupts Willkie interrupts Fourth of
July ceremony to introduce “Superstate”
321 12 12 1943 WWII The ideal ally After WWI, U.S. got 1 island,
now Japan holds most strategic islands
322 1 9 1944 Politics These
signs… President… embarrassment
Painter shows Mr. Early signs
nixing 4th term questions in oval office
323 6 11 1944 WWII The bonds of matrimony… war bonds People rush to get married, are
unsure whether to invest in war bonds
324 8 27 1944 WWII Is peace really as popular as
war?
Coffin of “War” is
carried by Big Four in graveyard of hope

Original Pen and Ink Drawings for Cosmopolitan

ID M D Y Size Caption Description
C1 11 25 1912 15×20 Ade fables, Feb. “The First
Night… “
Man thinks his play’s opening
will be a big success
C2 11 25 1912 15×20 Ade fables, Feb. “The First
Night… Really”
Nearly empty house receives play
poorly
C3 11 25 1912 15×23 Ade fables, Feb. issue Man’s play is hit with family,
his agent is not impressed
C4 5 25 1915 13.5×19 Ade fables, Sept. issue Inside movie theatre, a western
plays to a full house
C5 3 13 1916 12×18 June issue “Sisters of Ruth” in
car speeding down country road toward “S.O.S.”
C6 6 12 1917 14.5×21 Ade fables, Sept. issue Human figure with intestines
exposed is inside circle of months/foods
C7 7 16 1917 19×14.5 Fables in slang, Oct. issue,
Fable #6
At football game crowd cheers
wildly, except for one man doing nails
C8 7 16 1917 19×14.5 Fables in slang, Oct. issue,
Fable #7
Scene at railroad station, main
street in background
C9 10 15 1917 18×12.5 Fables in slang, Feb. issue Couple head for theatre where
“Hearts Aflame” is playing
C10 12 20 1917 18.5×15 Ade fables, May issue Victorian woman horrified at
“Ouida” book; flapper shows sex book to man
C11 7 15 1920 19×14.5 Ade fables In music room, man is annoyed
with woman and another man
C12 12 29 1922 17×11.5 none Crowd snickers as man paints on
store window, “Fine imported ciggars… “
C13 12 20 1923 17×12 Mar. issue Couple on secluded tropical
beach watch sunset
C14 2 19 1924 12×15.5 The wrong girl, May 1924 Woman watches from backstage as
man addresses crowd
C15 2 20 1924 12×15.5 The wrong girl, May issue Three women in old-style derss
talk to flapper smoking cigarette
C16 2 19 1924 12×15.5 The wrong girl, May 1924 Woman speaks from podium to
group of women
C17 2 19 1924 12×15.5 The wrong girl, May issue Woman looks sadly into mirror,
newspaper at side
C18 11 12 1926 18×12 Feb. issue Seated couple: woman speaks
forcefully with clenched fists, man slumps
C19 11 12 1926 18×12 Feb. issue Three flappers watch rich man
walk by

Original Pen and Ink Drawings with Watercolor

ID Y Size Subject Caption Description
W1 8×10 Politics none Elephant stands for U.S. first;
donkey has reds, New Dealism on his back
W2 6.5×2.5 Pre-WWII none Uncle Sam chides Easterners for
taunting Midwest to get into the war
W3 1918 10×12 Great Lakes as it was/now Annapolis used to look down on
Great Lakes, now is overshadowed by it
W4 1941 8×10.5 Society none Chicagoans feel good about
giving to the coummunity fund
W5 1942 11×14.5 We’re getting… astronomical
figures
Man writes and figures huge
numbers on blackboard while other man watches
W6 1942 11×12 WWII U.S. Flag Day in every
continent…
FDR points to world map with
U.S. men and supplies everywhere
W7 1942 12×9 WWII They all belong to the same
union
“Women”,
“Labor”, “Capital”, “Fighting Men” reach up to
American flag
W8 1942 7.2×8.7 WWII The onward march of civilization “War” totals up
battles/men engaged/losses from Waterloo to Nazi battles
W9 1942 Pre-WWII none Uncle Sam chides Easterners for
taunting Midwest to get into the war
W10 1942 6.5×7.7 WWII King Solomon… never dreamed of it Man tells Solomon about war over
islands bearing his name in future
W11 1942 6.5×8 WWII Before and after; you hate to
see them go…
Parents worry about idle son;
are proud when he enlists
W12 1942 10×12 WWII Trying to sign… international
unity…
Men try to sell woman federal
union and world union, soldier approaches
W13 1942 7.2×8.7 WWII “Say! Is this the old
U.S.A.?”
Soldiers look at hotel lobby
scene, includes Laguardia, band plays
W14 1942 12×10 WWII [has been covered up] 10 Santas salute, family (dad in
uniform) stand by Christmas tree
W15 1943 8×5 none At international food
conference, press is not admitted to much
W16 1943 8×10 Economics none Morgenthau and International
Food Conference clouds float over Fort Knox
W17 1943 8×10 Economics I’ll have to tighten your belt,
Uncle
“New Deal” in
mortarboard squeezes protesting Uncle Sam’s belt
W18 1943 8×10 Economics none Uncle Sam works feverishly at
desk with math books
W19 1943 8.5×11 Politics “I had ‘em eating out o’ my
hand… “
FDR speaks to Churchill on phone
while sweating out “Independence” folks
W20 1943 8×9 Politics Why not cut out the
“un”… “written law”
Uncle Sam points to “corner
stone” against more than 2 terms for President
W21 1943 8×10 WWII The flying v’s down
where… spring…
Soldiers march by southern
scene, pants on clothesline spell V
W22 1943 8×10 WWII After you, my dear Air Force Uncle Sam looks at map, Italian
islands where soldier is stepping
W23 1943 8×10 WWII none H. Ford gets news that they have
produced the 120,000th bomber, all happy
W24 1943 WWII In the Allied camp [above top
panel]
Churchill, FDR look at map;
Hitler, Togo, Mussolini worry about U.S.
W25 1943 8×10 WWII The straws show… wind is blowing… Hitler, 2 others watch as Berlin
monument falls

Reproductions

ID M D Y Subject Caption Description
R1 Society The Colors “The Fields” in peace
(green), war (red), post-war (black; white crosses)
R2 General MacArthur and Major
Bradley strong
Two men in Army uniform (ca.
1900?) stand on railroad tracks
R3 Society none Parade of people and animals
toward circus tent and cedar lake (2 copies)
R4 The cruise of the sun dog Story and illustrations by
McCutcheon
R5 11 10 1904 Politics The mysterious stranger Missouri moves solid South
Democratic group to Republican group
R6 1907 Society Two ways of looking at things Man who looks for beautiful
things; man who looks for sordid things
R7 1909 Economics Mr.
Harriman’s… reorganizing… railways
Harriman, at desk, gives orders
to various other tycoons (Morgan, Gould, etc.)
R8 1 8 1911 Society His friends Man in study is joined by many
small figures from history, literature, etc.
R9 1912 Nature Injun summer Old man tells story to boy,
haystacks turn into teepees in their minds
R10 1925 Society …City real estate… I might have
bought
As same corner increases in
value, men bemoan not buying it earlier
R11 1929 Society 120 years ago Pioneer couple wonders how Mrs.
Lincoln will feed another child
R12 1930 Society none Woman screams out of window of
burning building, men below hesitate to help
R13 11 12 1930 Post-WWI Last will… of all great wars Dead “war” slumps in
chair; his will bequeaths debts, unrest, hatred, etc.
R14 1931 Nature Jack Frost Elf sits on leaf stem, painted
leaves red, yellow, gold, etc.
R15 1931 Nature The Hunter’s Moon Man and dog sit outside cabin on
lake shore while huge harvest moon rises
R16 4 19 1931 Society Inventions throughout the ages 6 panels: each has display of
amazing inventions of that era
R17 8 19 1931 Economics none Squirrel asks bank failure
victim why he didn’t save, he says “I did!”
R18 1 10 1921 Post-WWI The Big Parade War and its aftermath (carnage,
money madness, etc.) parade across page
R19 8 30 1933 Society Waiting for the doctor Worried parents call in doctor
at night; delay their own payment to him
R20 8 30 1936 Society Why not make… cemeteries
interesting?
Gravestones engraved with
humorous rhymes about traffic fatalities
R21 1937 Nature The rivals Fairy paints spring trees in
pastel colors; elf waits for fall to do bright colors
R22 7 2 1937 Society Which has had the greatest
influence on humanity?
3 panels: Marconi, Edison, Ford
and a world full of cars
R23 1938 Society Cross-examining Junior about his
travels
Parents try to get information
from squirming boy
R24 1942 WWII One of the hardships of war Solider who didn’t get letter
from home sits with head in hands