Victor Hugo’s Devil-Fish

An article on the impact of Victor Hugo’s representation of the octopus in “Les Travailleurs de la Mer” (Toilers of the Sea). This article was published a few years after Travaillieurs was published in French in 1866 and later that year in English (in New York). “THE OCTOPUS—DEVIL-FISH—OR MAN-SUCKER." Kapunda Herald and Northern Intelligencer (SA : 1864 – 1878) 19 […]

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A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia

This was sent in by Johan. I think I posted a low resolution version of this a long time ago (2010); In a post on octopuses and maps. But as this is a much clearer version and shows all the wonderful details, I have no problem in reposting it. “A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe […]

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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 […]

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Not Even-Handed Justice

“NOT EVEN-HANDED JUSTICE: Crushing the scorpion of anarchy but sparing the octopus of monopoly”, Artist William A. Rogers, published in Harper’s Weekly, January 21, 1888. (Snark: Seems kind of apt, given the Occupy movement and response to it. Some things don’t change.) Image source: Railroad Cartoons Home, http://sophia.smith.edu/~maldrich/topics/political_influence/1888harpersjan21.htm (accessed 12-11-2011)

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Union-busting

“Union-busting, 1950s (or early 1960s)” [VA: I have no words] [VA: I’ve lost who submitted this, I thought the information would be ‘stuck’ to the post, but apparently I was wrong. If it was you, and you want your name/website associated, please contact me via “Ask” button.]

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Know your communist enemy

“I was amazed when I discovered your website because it reminded me of a picture that I found campy–but still evocative–even when I was in high school.  It is something that /should/ be shared with the world, and where better than a website devoted to octopodes in politics.” [VA: …snip…] [Submitted by: Kevin Deegan-Krause (http://www.pozorblog.com)] […]

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“Shanghai Trader”

“Found this an old issue of Dragon Magazine (#136, August 1988). Don’t know anything about the actual game, alas.” Submitted by: Richard Pilbeam [VA: see The Mongolian Octopus – Phil May and “Yellow Peril”]

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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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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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