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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Wisconsin Cartoons

Dateline: Philadelphia, May 9, 1754. This week marks the 250th anniversary of the political cartoon, a genre to which Wisconsin made substantial contributions. Here the supporters of Bob LaFollette employ it as he prepares his unsuccessful 1912 run for the presidential nomination. Wisconsin artist Art Young was the first to place editorial cartoons on the front page, and Milwaukee Journal artist Ross Lewis won a Pulitzer in 1934 for his cartoon about labor disputes. Portions of Milwaukee’s history were even put into cartoon format during the Roaring Twenties. The Society owns that first, 1754, cartoon, by the way; it was created by Benjamin Franklin and appeared in his Pennsylvania Gazette. Our colleagues at the Library of Congress have put it on the Web as part of their American Memory collection.
:: Posted in Curiosities on May 6, 2004
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