Icon Feb 14, 2010

Corporate Greed (1882)

Cartoon published 27th June 1882 shows a large bulbous octopus sitting on top of a pile of crates and bales. The caption apparently reads: “Corporate greed octopus gobbles up freight for Great Railroad while unemployed handlers look on”1. Octopus head reads: “Corporate Greed. All for ourselves, nothing for the public”. The tentacles have the names of railway companies on them.

Unfortunately image quality is too low to make out the artists signature or the name on the building behind the octopus.


  1. Corbis http://tinyurl.com/cl8voh (Accessed 4th April 2009)