Berge’s Cartoon Blog: Kid Things


I have no distinct cause for the subject matter of present-day Graphical Heritage Tour other than I occurred to find a handful of editorial cartoons from Could, 1922, that showcased young children. That, and it has been a terribly major May perhaps of 2022, and I am just not in the mood for something terribly really serious on a Saturday. 

“No Place to Go” by Clifford Berryman in Washington (DC) Evening Star, May 5, 1922

The moment on a time, if you have been a town kid with time to go participate in outdoors, your only true alternative could possibly be to play in the street. (I’ve famous ahead of the phenomenon of fenced houses to keep the youngsters out of the yard.) But the streets, the moment public spaces, had been taken around as the distinctive property of the automobile and road baseball and Wonderful Gatsby driving did not blend perfectly.

Evidently, Pierre Charles l’Enfant had not delivered for playgrounds when he created Washington DC. By 1907, The will need for areas for young children to engage in was identified by President Theodore Roosevelt:

“Metropolis streets are unsatisfactory playgrounds for children since of the danger, mainly because most excellent video games are against the law, since they are far too very hot in summertime, and mainly because in crowded sections of the city they are apt to be schools of criminal offense. Neither do little back again yards nor decorative grass plots fulfill the requirements of any but the really little children. More mature small children who would enjoy vigorous game titles must have sites primarily set apart for them and, considering that enjoy is a basic require, playgrounds ought to be supplied for every boy or girl as a lot as educational institutions. This implies that they have to be distributed around the metropolitan areas in such a way as to be in just walking length of just about every boy and female, as most kids can not afford to pay for to pay carfare.”

Nevertheless, right here we have been, 15 years afterwards, and Clifford Berryman still accused the Town Fathers of ignoring the little ones.

“According to Gamaliel” by Roy James in St. Louis Star, May 7, 1922

Roy James accuses President Harding of ignoring the young children on an entirely diverse issue. (And proves that this misinterpretation of Matthew 19:14 is more mature than any cartoonist alive right now. At minimum he regarded the need to have to include punctuation to change the indicating.)

Wives and young children of prisoners convicted of wartime offenses — largely pacifists, Wobblies, and socialists arrested under the Espionage and Sedition Functions of 1917 and 1918 — picketed the White Property, Senate, and Justice Office in May possibly, 2022. The children “crusaders,” as they ended up called, carried indications reading “I never saw my daddy,” “No cost all political prisoners,” and “Is cost-free speech a crime?”

The Harding administration responded that though the President may well sympathize with children deprived of their fathers, no “method of picketing or parading [should] at any time impact the impression of the govt.” 

“A Strategically Located Remnant” by Roy James in St. Louis Star, May 17, 1922

Yet another cartoon from Roy James illustrates the problem in passing laws to ban little one labor — like reckless driving, at issue for a number of several years at this position — by way of the Congress and courts. One more parallel challenge below is that of “states legal rights,” the refuge of scoundrels defending boy or girl labor, later segregation, and now control more than women’s reproductive legal rights.

Any time somebody brings up “states legal rights,” you can rest assured that they appear at the expense of the person.

“Whoa, Monthly bill” by Charles H. “Bill” Sykes in Philadelphia Night Ledger, May 24, 1922

Right here we see California’s Republican Senator William Borah proposing that the U.S. formally acknowledge the Soviet Union as the respectable —

Er, maintain on a moment.

That’s not a cartoon about little ones. It just depicts a grown person as a single.

I guess it won’t essentially belong in this submit.

Under no circumstances thoughts.

“Is Your Kid Normal?” by Gustavo Bronstrup in San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 1922

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