The Forty T—-s (Rogers, 1888) Another octopus antitrust cartoon from Harper’s Weekly. Proof that octopus cartoons can be more imaginative than just putting an octopus on a building or map and tattooing it with whomever you want it to represent. “The Forty T—-s: Baba Jonathon: I don’t like your looks, Mr. Merchant, you had better move […]

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Richard Croker (Pughe, 1901) Richard “Boss” Croker as an octopus on top of N.Y. City Hall. The arms are labelled ‘Ramapo job’, ‘fire dept.’, ‘tax department’, ‘building dept.’, ‘dock dept.’, ‘ice trust’, and ‘blackmail’. (Library of Congress, Accessed 4th Jan 2009). “An English country seat and racing stable cost a lot of money – and he […]

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Will It Hurt The Octopus? (Walker, 1904) Artist: Ryan Walker, SOURCE (image altered from) July 1904: “Will it Hurt the Octopus?”/”Anxious Teddy”, The Comrade, vol. 3, no. 10, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University,http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/photoneg/oneITEM.asp?pid=39002053601226&iid=5360122&srchtype= (Accessed 04 Jan 2009). Via ZPi

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Rescue Us: John Musgrove Wood (Emmwood), published in The Daily Mail 3rd Sept 1973. SOURCE: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/25022 (Accessed 15th Jan 2009). “I wish I could think of something that could rescue US at a stroke!”. According to the British Cartoon Archive1 the people represented are: Edward Heath, and Anthony Barber (1920-2005) in the submariner, and Victor Feather(1908-1976). Feather is […]

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TUC: Leslie Gilbert Illingworth, published in the Daily Mail 14th April 1969. SOURCE: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/record/15222 (Accessed 15th Jan 2009). Yacht being sunk by TUC octopus. Relates to the Industrial Relations Bill initiated in the UK in 1969. The people in it are: Harold Wilson (1916- 1995), Barbara Castle(1910- 2002), Reginald Maudling (1917- 1979), Edward Heath(1916- 2005)1. Castle and Wilson (Labour party) are […]

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President Obama? Your First Appointment is Waiting… (Beele, 2009) Obama and the Economic Octopus (Beele, 2009) “President Obama? Your first appointment is waiting…” Illustration by Nate Beeler. Published in the Washington Examiner 22nd Jan 2009. Two days after the inauguration of Barack Obama as US President. The gift of a (giant rampaging) economic octopus left to […]

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The Wire Devils by MacDougall

MacDougall, Robert. “The Wire Devils: Pulp Thrillers, the Telephone, and Action at a Distance in the Wiring of a Nation.”American Quarterly 58, no. 3 (2006): 715-41. Note: I apologise, the following is disjointed. It is more what I thought were the salient points of the article. There is a copy of the article online (ah, abusing […]

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La Pieuvre by R. Lewis (circa 1900) “Tous les ideals etant admis, si l’epouvante est un but, la pieuvre est un chef-d’oeuvre.” Victor-Hugo (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) Provenance of La Pieuvre I thought a few people might find this interesting. The following is process of trying to find the provenance for an postcard, ‘La Pieuvre’. […]

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“l’Etat Monopole” (The State Monopoly) by G. Richards. Octopus is labelled Etat Collectiviste (State Collectivist) and is gathering to it tobacco, alcohol, transport.

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Spanish postcard of El Pulpo Rey (King Octopus) by J. Llaverias. The postcard is written on and appears – so far as I can make out – dated to 1917 (though could also be 1977). When I first saw it I thought it was relatively contemporary i.e James Jean and ilk.

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