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Icon Feb 14, 2010

C.P Hunting as an Octopus (1896) by Jimmy Swinnerton was published in the San Francisco Examiner, December 14th 18961. The cartoon show an octopoid with trunk like limbs as a head of a bearded man, with C.P. Hunting (Collis Potter) written across its forehead. Huntington was a railway magnate and one of the “big four”2.

Each of its limbs holds either a person: “farmer”, “merchant”, “orange raiser”, “manufacturer” or an object: a piece of paper saying “honest vote” and a building with “San Francisco” flag. It has a small wound on one limb with “Johnson Defeat” written next to it.

Image Source: California State Library, Accessed: 22nd May 2009.

  1. California State Library, Accessed: 22nd May 2009 []
  2. Wikipedia (2009), “Collis Potter Huntington”,, Accessed: 22nd May 2009 []

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