“Es kommt der Tag!” (The day comes!), circa 1941, shows an octopus with only four limbs (and no eyes) in the shape of a swastika. The image appeared on a gummed perforated label to be used much as stickers are used now. To appear on street posts, tables, letter boxes etc. This one in particular […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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Landlordism: a vampiric octopus (Northrop, circa 1910) This postcard copyright by W B Northrop shows the octopus of “Landlordism” – renting out a property (or absent landlord) –  with its arms enclosing parts of London. In the enclosures are the names of the landlords and their earnings from rent. An interesting aspect to this, is according […]

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“The English Octopus: It feeds on nothing but gold” by (or published by) William “Coin” Hope Harvey was published in Coin’s Financial School 1894. It shows the “Rothschild” octopus either squatting on or replacing the UK. It has dendritic limbs that stretch over the globe/map1 into gold producing areas which also show national debts amongst […]

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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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This is a fairly standard take on octoprop by the UK Independent Party (UKIP) for the 2005 General Elections in the UK. The UKIP is a right-wing party, and was originally a single issue party. That issue was UK independence from the EU. Hence the following ad. In summary: monologue at the start in the […]

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