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Hindenburg's Day by Gluyas Williams (Life Magazine, 1918)

With his characteristic wit and economy of line, the American cartoonist Gluyas Williams once again sticks it to the Kaiser!


Who Won World War One? (Life Magazine, 1927)

"Who won the war?" asks the satirist Herb Roth (1887 - 1953) in this cartoon that appeared in print ten years after America's entry into the war.

By the time 1927 rolled around, the popular opinion across the Western world was that the war of 1914 - 1918, and the subsequent peace treaty that followed, was a big mistake that left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Although there was paper work indicating that World War One was victoriously brought to a close by the collective strength of the French, British, and American armies (among other nations) - by the time 1927 rolled around it didn't feel like anyone's victory.

Click here if you would like to read about the 1918 Armistice Day celebrations in Paris.
Click here to read about W.W. I art.


Five French Cartoons (La Baionnette, 1916)

Five remarkable color cartoons from France. Modern Satirical art at this time was exceptional. TOPIC INDEX: La Baionette 1914-1918,Cartoons 1916,French Cartoon 1916,Modern Satirical Art 1914-1918,Satiric Art 1916,Crown-Prince Wilhelm Cartoon 1916.

Click here to see how weird the first car radios looked.


The Returning Doughboys (Vanity Fair Magazine, 1919)

A piece of VANITY FAIR social satire concerning the returning American veterans of the World War I and how the industrial slaughter had changed them (as if such a thing could!).


Crown Prince Wilhelm Cartoon (Life Magazine, 1919)

Attached is a caroon created in response to the memoir of Crown Prince Wilhelm (1882-1951), which came out earlier that same year (the review is posted on this site), this cartoon was drawn by Gluyas Williams (1888-1982) a cartoonist who is largely remembered by current generations for his contributions to THE NEW YORKER as well as his illustrations for a series of books by humorist Robert Benchley. In 1910, Williams served as Editor of 'The Harvard Lampoon' and upon graduation a year later began a brilliant freelance career as a cartoonist for 'The Century Magazine', 'Collier's' and 'Judge' among others.

Click here to read about the woman who entertained the U.S. troops during the First World War.


Manhattan Servant Problems (Vanity Fair, 1918)

The attached cartoon depicted one of the unintended consequences of German aggression during the First World War: the creation of what was known as "the servant problem". It should be understood that the difficulty in question caused no particular hardship for those who were supposed to be the servants; they were simply delighted to vacate the collective domiciles of Mr. & Mrs. Got-Rocks in order to pull down a living wage in a nice, cozy smoke-spewing armament factory some place - leaving their former employers to fix their own meals and diaper junior.

Click here to read about the New York fashions of 1916.


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