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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Democracy and Bolshevism

“Democracy and Bolshevism” by Louis Raemaekers, published June 28th, 1919 in “The Graphic” p875 (London). Borrowed (or if you’d prefer, blantantly stolen) from China Mieville’s rejectamentalist manifesto: “The water’s fine.”

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Crime Octopus

A serving of propaganda and popular culture. Here, in terse pictorial form, the panorama of Big Business in Modern Crime is presented in all its unvarnished truth. The adage “Crime does not pay” becomes a dubious slogan in the light of the authentic revelations which trace the growth of the crime octopus from petty larceny […]

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“A Horrible Monster”, published in Daily Graphic, July 19th, 1880, New York. (This has been on Vulgar Army previously; this is a clearer, more detailed from Super I.T.C.H.) Cartoon criticising ‘the pollution of New York’s air by the Standard Oil plant at Hunters Point, New York. The caption reads “A Horrible Monster, whose tentacles spread poverty, disease, […]

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“The Standard Oil Octopus”, Daily Graphic, Tues 4th Feb 1879, New York. Vol LXVIII, No.1. Octopus constructed of pipes and barrels, and capitalist harpies in a wasteland. Very early (1879) octopus political cartoon. “$10,000,000 Profits in 4 Months.” “Railroad monopolist & stock market manipulator William Vanderbilt is the top right vulture flying overhead. The other two vultures, are brothers William (left) […]

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