Victor Hugo As Apollo and Gillatt

Victor Hugo as both Apollo (the lyre) and Gilliatt (from ‘Toilers of the Sea’). Artist: G. Deloyoti. Published as front cover of “Le Hanneton” 6 June, 1867 issue no. 17.  This is not a political cartoon, but I thought it relevant given Victor Hugo’s role in the development the octopus metaphor. Image Source: bridgeman.co.uk

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The War Octopus

“The War Octopus” – “Ondanks onze beschaving (of beschavingspeil)”, via Google translate: Despite our culture (or civilisation level). Published 27 August, 1939 in Algemeen Handelsblad (Amsterdam).  Image Source: International Institute of Social History, Collection: IISG (Pieck, H.), Call # BG D55/850. (Accessed 23rd Oct 2010).

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De Groote Olie Octopus

Book cover for “De groote Olie octopus, door Truth onderzocht” (The Great Oil Octopus by Truth Examined)‎. ‎Amsterdam, L.J. Veen. Conflicting dates: first published 1910, reprinted 1925? Dutch Anti-trust/Anti-capitalism criticising oil companies including Esso and Rockefeller. References: Antiqbook, http://www.antiqbook.nl/boox/vvliet/12028.shtml Image Source: International Institute of Social History, Collection: IISG, Call # BG C12/589. (Accessed: 23rd Oct, 2010)

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La Voix du Peuple

Artist Jules Grandjouan published in La voix du Peuple on the 1st May 1907 no 341, printed by Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT). It shows Clemenceau attempting to hide the Capital octopus beneath the head of Marianne (patrie  – homeland?). I’ve been unable to find a clear enough reproduction to make out the text at the bottom, but is “Clemenceau” and […]

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Old policies! Old values! No future!

“Old policies! Old values! No future!” – 2002 via State Library of Victoria Howard Government refers to Australian Federal Government. They were re-elected. They introduced several policies such as removing student union fees (that supported a whole raft of services such as counsellors, advocacy for students etc as well as social events) while massively increasing […]

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Erkenne die Gefahr!

“Erkenne die Gefahr! Wähle Österreichische Volkspartei, Wien 1949” (Recognize the danger! Choose Austrian People’s Party, Vienna 1949) The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the dangers of Communism (1949) With a view to the parliamentary elections due to be held on 9 October 1949 in Austria, the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) warns the country’s voters against […]

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John Bull

“John Bull in Egypt”, no information for this one. However, can be compared to 1888 Punch cartoon, and is probably of a similar age. Image source: BradlyHardin.com

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Another tentacle or two and I’m done for!

The Marconi Octopus Liberal Party – “Another tentacle or two and I’m done for!” published in Punch, or the London Charivari, on June 18th 1913. The name ‘Marconi Octopus’ was derived from the Marconi Company who received a large  contract from the UK government to build six radio stations to ‘linking Britain to the Empire’ (1). […]

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Freiheit Der Meere

Another vampiric octopus. Poster circa 1917. “Freiheit Der Meere” (Freedom of the Seas), Subtitled: England Der Blutsauger Derwelt (England, The Bloodsucker of the World) (Morrow, 2005) Image Source: Hoover Institute Political Poster Database (accessed 2nd Oct 2010) Morrow, J.H., “The Great War: An Imperial History”, Routledge, 2005 p.176

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