Saturday, June 23, 2012

How about one more try? - May 29, 1963

In spring 1962, President John F. Kennedy, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union were wrestling with a formula for a nuclear test ban agreement. Kennedy told a press conference that if an accord were not reached soon, "the genie might be out of the bottle."

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

1943 Warrner Brothers/Merrie Melodies

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (working title: So White and de Sebben Dwarfs) is a Merrie Melodies animated cartoon released to theatres on January 16, 1943 by Warner Bros.  The film is notable for being an all-black parody of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White.  The film relies on strong stereotypes of African American culture that are considered offensive by todays standards.  However, it has been cited  as number 21  of The 50 Greatest Cartoons ever made in part for its culturally rich  jazz and swing music.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mushrooming Cloud - April 1, 1965

Communist China exploded its first atomic bomb in October 1964, and the State Department warned in February 1965 that the Chinese, under Mao Zedong, were preparing another nuclear test. Although the Soviet Union insisted that the Chinese tests did not pose a threat, Herb Block's menacing, blossoming caricature of leader Mao Zedong suggests that China's emergence as an unbridled nuclear power was, and continues to be, a world-wide concern.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Make Mine Freedom


A cold war era anti communism piece. The pieces details the Bill of Rights and shamelessly evokes what makes America great. It then outlines the communist threat it uses visuals and sound effects that we would expect to see in a Tom & Jerry Cartoon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Have a care, sir - March 4, 1954

Throughout his political career, Dwight Eisenhower refused to take a public stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's aggressive anti-communist campaign. Eisenhower even struck from a 1952 campaign speech in Wisconsin a defense of his mentor, George C. Marshall, a McCarthy target. Half a dozen Republican senators, including Ralph Flanders, joined Margaret Chase Smith in a "declaration of conscience" against McCarthy. Eisenhower, however, continued to speak of "justice and fair play" in fighting communism, and it was a long time before they prevailed.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line


In 1942 Walt Disney made this short film for the US War Production Board. Walt Disney through the full weight of its production expertise and it characters behind the war effort. The film stresses the importance of saving waste fats, which are made into explosives for the war effort

Friday, June 8, 2012

Read me what it says, Dad - June 8, 1977

June 8, 1977
In Herblock on All Fronts, the cartoonist wrote: "Depreciation in dollars, in products, and in entertainment has also extended to education. Here it is not a case of the fast buck but of the fast bucking-the-kid-along-to-the-next-grade. It produces graduates who can hardly make their way through a phone book or figure the cost of four twenty-five-cent items in a grocery store."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Jack Davis, 18th Hole - 1962

Go ahead and putt, it'll be a few minutes before the shock wave reaches us
Jack Davis September 1962

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Punch  - Aug 25 1908

Prehistoric Maud Allens
It would be the greatest of Mistakes to imagine that this kind of thing was not all the rage in primeval time.

For over a century we have been recognizing thr folly of fads.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ron Moody, No Vacancy - 1969

How Not To Elect A President, 1969
Neon sign advertizing no vacancy at the White House