Don’t shoot! I’ll let go!

Udo J. Keppler, Don’t shoot! I’ll let go!, Januaury 31 1914, Illus. in: Puck, v. 75, no. 1926. Reproduced from: The Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011649666/ (Accessed: 9th March 2013) The cartoon refers to the Clayton Act of 1914, which was an attempt by the Wilson Administration to tighten antitrust laws. Part of the act was to prevent corporations merging that had […]

Continue Reading Icon

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)

Continue Reading Icon

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

Continue Reading Icon

The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) January 06, 1918, FINAL EDITION Don’t Allow This Octopus To Get a Strangle Hold Upon the Public Domain. Kill the “Relief” Provisions of Senate Bill No. 2812 “A Bill To Encourage and Promote the Mining of Coal and Phosphate, Oil, Gas, Potassium and Sodium on the Public Domain.” The “Relief” […]

Continue Reading Icon

Cartoon by Pashtanika circa 1919. “Lavoratori! Diamo ancor forza al braccio!” (Arm reference to human arm, not any of the octopuses). Octopus is ‘Capitalism’, its arms are ‘poverty’, prostitution’, ‘war’, ‘child labor’ and ‘wage slavery’. Label on human arm refers to Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W).  The note at the bottom says: “Il Proletario, an […]

Continue Reading Icon

“What the Socialist Prime Minister aims at by his Referenda scheme.”Brisbane Courier, Friday May 23rd 1913 p4. Octopus with the head of Andrew Fisher. Cartoon was published about a week prior to the general election on May 31 in which the newly renamed Labor party lost by one seat.  The “Referenda scheme” refers to the […]

Continue Reading Icon

The Octopus Speaks

The following is from: Los Angeles herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) October 27, 1910, p. 6 I am afraid there is no cartoon with this one. But, I thought it important for giving more context to who Standard Oil is, or was seen as, and why it was considered an octopus. Can’t you just hear the […]

Continue Reading Icon

John T. McCrutcheon “Mr. La Follette’s Strongest Card”, Chicago Daily Tribune on December 29, 1911 La Follette served as Governor of Wisconsin (1901-1906) and senator (1906-1925), and championed railroad reforms. (Also, I have seen photos, that is an accurate representation of his wonderful hair.)

Continue Reading Icon

A fairly standard anti-catholic cartoon. It is titled: “The Papal Octopus – The Pope-Antichrist”, by HE Fowler, and was published in 1913 in an anti-catholic screed. The arms are titled: ‘ignorance’ (‘dupe’), ‘superstition’, ‘subversion’, ‘bigotry’ (‘public school’), ‘evil’, ‘tyranny’ (‘infalibility’ [sic]), ‘greed’ (‘public money’), ‘corruption’ (document labelled ‘civil laws’). The text beneath the cartoon reads: […]

Continue Reading Icon

In 1910 the Standard Oil Company published a pamphlet with a design that suggested an octopus: Standard Oil Company, Roycroft Cover (1910) The following is from Jackson, P., ‘Dard Hunter Stylized Octopus‘ (Accessed: 1st June 2009). In 1910, John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company was battling efforts by the government to break up the huge […]

Continue Reading Icon