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William Charles (artist and engraver) / [Samuel Kennedy (publisher)], The Hartford Convention or LEAP NO LEAP. [Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1814.]

War of 1812 political cartoon skewering the Hartford Convention

A scarce and striking political cartoon satirizing the 1814 Hartford Convention, at which delegates from New England states contemplated secession from the Union. Background: The War of 1812 Following the ratification of the Constitution and against the hopes of the Founders, American politics rapidly organized into a two-party system that approximately mirrored sectional differences: Roughly […]

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Mr. Radiation, NRC TOURS presents… THREE MILE ISLAND VACATION PACKAGE. Mechanicsburg, PA: Mr. Radiation Products[!], 1979.

A send-up of the Three Mile Island disaster

An unrecorded poster by “Mr. Radiation”, sending up the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. The worst nuclear accident in American history began at 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979 at the Three Mile Island (TMI) plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A routine maintenance procedure led to a stuck coolant valve, and […]

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[After Benjamin Wilson], THE REPEAL OR THE FUNERAL OF MISS AME[RICAN]=STAMP [No place, no date, but London, 1766].

Iconic 1766 political cartoon celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act

Important and scarce political cartoon satirizing the repeal of the Stamp Act and broader commentary on the administration of George Grenville, Prime Minister from 1763 to 1765. “One of the most famous and popular political satires commenting on the Stamp Act”. (Dolmetsch) Background Of the many events that precipitated the American Revolution, few are more […]

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18th-century political cartoon with a West Coast map!

A rare and wonderful political cartoon featuring great whaling content and a map of the West Coast of North America. British and Spanish claims to the Pacific Northwest had overlapped since the 16th century, though conflict developed only after voyages to the region by Cook, Dixon, Meares and others. Things came to a head in the […]

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Rare plate etched by an American satirist

An etched copper plate by American artist David Claypoole Johnston, produced for his Scraps series of satires. NB: The images below the image of the plate itself are recent impressions taken of the recto and verso. Johnston (1797?-1865) was a multi-talented artist specializing in caricature and satire. Born and trained in Philadelphia, he moved to Boston […]

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Rare and crudely-racist “Bobalition” broadside

A rare broadside lampooning Boston’s annual Abolition Day celebration in crudely racist language.

 This broadside was one of several “bobalition” texts issued in Boston between 1816 and 1828, all of which are now rare. These used a crude simulacrum of African-American speech patterns to mock the annual celebration held by the black residents of Boston commemorating […]

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Anti-Catholic cartographic cartoon from Puck

A vivid anti-Catholic cartoon map from Puck, showing Papal Delegate Francesco Satolli casting a malevolent shadow across the United States. Satolli (1839-1910) was an eminent Catholic theologian, who from 1893-96 served as the first Papal Delegate to the United States. Unlike most ambassadors, whose roles were properly confined to diplomatic matters, Satolli wielded a great deal […]

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KHS, The World According to Ronald Reagan. NP: Orange Coast Intelligence, 1987.

Unrecorded 1987 map of The World According to Ronald Reagan

An entertaining and entirely unrecorded 1987 cartographic satire offering a liberal caricature of the world according to Ronald Reagan. The map depicts the United States and Soviet Union wildly out of scale with the rest of the world. Reagan in full gunfighter regalia stands astride a hypertrophied California, while Leonid Brezhnev, teeth bared and wearing […]

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Vivid cartographic cartoon from Puck

A vivid anti-Catholic map cartoon from Puck, showing Papal Delegate Francesco Satolli casting a malevolent shadow across the United States. Satolli (1839-1910) was an eminent Catholic theologian, who from 1893-96 served as the first Papal Delegate to the United States. Unlike most ambassadors, whose roles were properly confined to diplomatic matters, Satolli wielded a great deal of […]

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War of 1812 political cartoon celebrating American victories on the Lakes

A terrific and rather rare political cartoon mocking the British for Perry’s famous victory on Lake Erie in September 1813 and Macdonough’s triumph in Plattsburg Bay on Lake Champlain the following year. In a region of few roads, these victories ensured American control of its northern frontiers at the end of the War of 1812. The image […]

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