We’ll have to make do with a description rather than an image file again- The scanner is buried beneath a pile of books, and I am not sure I can scan this one without harming the scrapbook my grandfather pasted it in. It’s from the editorial page of The Chicago Tribune in 1933. In general, I agree with the overall point (Western Civilization is a wonderful thing), but there’s a side theme that makes me twitchy.
Teaching Our Youth
illustration:- young people doing the ‘hot cha cha’ to discordant sounds (illustrated by broken notes) coming from the radio, which bears the label ‘Jazz imported from the Congo.’
text: If we teach our youth that this is music
illustration: young man looking confused as he looks at a wild eyed artist presenting to him a framed, scribbled mess and a bizarre sculpture. The framed scribbling is labeled “modern art swiped from the Eskimo and the Liberian”
Text: …and this is art
illustration: Young man seated in a room with a shelf full of books labeled ‘filth,’ he is looking shocked as he reads another one also labeled ‘filth.’
text: … and this is literature
Panel Four (my favorite):
illustration: young man looks dismayed as a professorial type smiling indicates to him a primitive ox drawn cart. The peasant driving the cart looks tired. The oxen look tired. The cart is labeled ‘Russia.’
text: …and this is progress
illustration: Uncle Sam and Miss Columbia are dressed in furs and feathers, holding stona ge tools, in front of a grass hut on stilts, looking like traditional depictions of cavemen. A dodo bird is labeled “American Eagle.”
text: – we ought to develop a great civilization in a couple of generations.
Cartoon is by Orro or Orrd- it’s hard to read his signature.