“Locataires ne vous laissez plus etouffer. Oui a la loi contre la speculation fonciere.” A 2000 poster urging tenants “to vote for a law against property speculation.” From an article on the use (and abuse) of animals in political poster campaigns (“Exploiting the animals we love to hate“, 6th Feb 2009, swissinfo.ch). Related to late 1800s/early […]

Continue Reading Icon

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 […]

Continue Reading Icon

The cephalopod – terrestrial devil fish – a monster of centralization (?) (1873) This is the earliest cartoon (1873) in my collection of the octopus as a metaphor for an industry. The presence of the cave, and the timing1 would suggest an Victor Hugo influence. It also precedes the ‘burst’ of octopus cartoons in the1880s […]

Continue Reading Icon

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 […]

Continue Reading Icon

Well, Brother, will you let the beast have your vote, too? (Bowles, 1894) Agricultural monopoly. Relates to the Alabama gubernatorial election in 1894. According to the image source (Alabama Department of Archives and History) this was run for Reuben Kolb who ran for the Populist Party. Kolb was defeated due to electoral fraud by the Democrats […]

Continue Reading Icon

Japan Menances World Trade pamplet (1944) The following very pretty pamphlet cover was printed in 1944 by the ‘Ministry Of Information’. It shows a black Japanese octopus with rising sun behind it with the caption: “Japan Menaces World Trade”. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives list it as a “leaflet on raw materials made unobtainable […]

Continue Reading Icon

Octopus of ‘Monopoly’ by John Tenniel published in Punch, or the London Charivai, November 3rd,1888. The octopus of “Monopoly” attempts to upset the boat of oar-wielding ‘Commerce’ (wearing the winged hat of Hermes or Mercury?). The octopus’s limbs are: ’salt’, ‘iron’, ‘copper’, and ‘cotton’. The boat is called: “Free Competition” (A case of ‘bad’ versus […]

Continue Reading Icon

‘The Irish Devil-Fish’ by Sir John Tenniel, published in Punch, or the London Charivai,  June 18th 1881. The captions read: ’ “The creature is formidable, but there is a way of resisting it, *** The Devil-fish, in fact, is only vulnerable through the head” Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea, Book IV., Ch. iii.’1. The […]

Continue Reading Icon

Capitialism in a new hat (Grandjouan)

Jules Grandjouan:“qu’elle ait un bonnet de république ou une couronne, c’est toujours la même bête, et il n’y a que le syndicat pour la tuer” (it has a Republic cap or a crown it  is still the same beast, and there is the union to kill)1. I have no context or dates (at the moment). […]

Continue Reading Icon

Les Monopoles (Carrère, P. ~1919, Published by: Chachoin for Union des interets economiques) The return of the red pieuvre: l’Etat monopole (state monopolies) or Etatiste (statist). I have included “l’Etat Monopole” beneath “Les Monopoles” to compare the two. Both with the red octopus, most of the figures are represented in both, they are, essential the same image. “LES MONOPOLES […]

Continue Reading Icon