Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Holding the course 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a resolute President Harry F. Truman at the wheel of a ship. Drawn shortly after President Roosevelt's death in April 1945 as World War II came to a close, expresses the conviction that the new president will continue the policies of his predecessor.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1945
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    The fire chief arrives 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows President Truman as a fire chief racing towards a fire in the Capitol. The huge black clouds rising from the building are labeled "Government Scandals." Comments on Truman's curtailment of his Key West vacation on December 9 to return to Washington to confer with his aides on various government scandals, especially those involving tax officials.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1951
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    He seems to mean it 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a woodsman (labeled "Canada") about to launch a canoe (labeled "St. Lawrence Seaway Project") telling a disturbed Uncle Sam, "Well Sam, I'm ready to paddle it alone." The proposed seaway, a joint U.S.-Canadian project designed to make navigable the St. Lawrence River between Lake Ontario and Montreal, was opposed by American transportation interests. The cartoon reflects Canada's threats in...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    How long can he stay on? 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows President Eisenhower standing on the backs of two horses galloping in opposite directions. The horses are labeled "Drastic Budget Cuts" and "Needed Military Expenditures to Fight Communist Aggression." Comments on the contradiction between the President's desire to reduce military expenditures while maintaining the military power necessary to oppose the Communists.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    It's a nice trip if you can take it 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows an eager Senator (labeled "Senate Sub-Committee") carrying a suitcase labeled "Statehood for Hawaii?" setting off for the islands thinking of a beautiful girl dancing the hula in a grass skirt. A disgruntled Congressman (labeled "The House") wonders why he didn't think of the same thing. Pokes fun at the news that a Senate committee was considering visiting Hawaii to...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    The little feller has a point 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows an irate John Q. Public demanding that Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield provide better mail service. Summerfield had just proposed an across-the-board boost in postal rates.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Man bites dog 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a striking mine worker biting a bulldog personified as United Mine Workers President John L. Lewis. May comment on the wildcat strikes (which Lewis opposed) waged by the miners in October 1952 when the Wage Stabilization Board refused to grant part of the pay increase that Lewis had negotiated with the mine owners.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1952
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    Now to hatch it 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a dove (labeled "UN") on a nest sitting on an egg labeled "Korean Truce Pact." The dove dreams of the day when "Peace" will be hatched from the egg. Expresses the concern that the Korean Cease Fire may not provide lasting peace.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Old tanglefoot -- and he's stuck with it 1 drawing : India ink, graphite, and opaque white over blue pencil underdrawing ; 57.9 x 48.4 cm (sheet) | Cartoon shows an elephant (labeled "GOP Administration") raging as his feet stick to flypaper (labeled "McCarthyism"). A laughing Democratic donkey says "I know just how you feel, Big Boy." Comments on the frustration of President Eisenhower and members of his administration as Senator Joseph...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    The sphinx 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a small man labeled "The Public" asking General Douglas MacArthur (pictured as the Sphinx), "What do you think of the Korean Truce, General?" Questions the General's reaction to the Korean Armistice signed in July 1953. MacArthur, who had advocated all-out war, had been removed from his command as Supreme Commander by President Truman in April 1951.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Three men on a horse 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther and George Meany, three of the most powerful labor leaders in the U.S., riding on a horse with an axe head, racing in the direction of the Taft-Hartley Law. Reflects the demands of labor to amend if not repeal the Taft-Hartley labor law that had put restrictions on the rights of labor. The caption...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    And how he enjoys it 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows the GOP elephant happily shaking "Democratic Holdover Officials" through a sieve labeled "Civil Service." Comments on the enthusiasm with which the Republicans were utilizing their patronage powers after regaining the presidency for the first time in 20 years.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Too close for comfort 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a battered Mussolini with his arm in a sling, a hole in his boot, and a pillow tied to his posterior, carrying a hastily packed suitcase with the contents protruding, saying "I'm scrammin' out of here, see? I'm getting out of this place, see?" His footprints show, however, that rather than leaving, he is walking in circles. A portrait...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1943
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    United in a common cause 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey and New Jersey Governor Alfred E. Driscoll standing on a dock, shaking hands under a banner labeled "Bi-State Commission to War on Racket-Ridden New York-New Jersey Waterfront." Comments on the collaborative effort launched by the two states to combat crime and Communism in June 1953.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    The wishbone 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Korean President Syngman Rhee about to pull on a wishbone labeled "Final Korean Peace Settlement." Dulles hopes for an "honorable and lasting peace," Rhee for "unification of Korea -- or else!" Comments on the basic difference in aims of the United States and South Korea as the two countries prepared to begin...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    With one fell swoop 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a shirtsleeved President Truman knocking a well-dressed fat man (labeled "Big Steel") to the ground with a club (labeled "Presidential Order to Seize and Operate Steel Mills"). An approving man (labeled "Phil Murray's CIO Steel Workers") looks on. Expresses support for Truman's intervention in the steel strike in April 1952. The Supreme Court declared the President's actions unconstitutional in...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1952
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    The winnah 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a beaten and battered boxing referee (depicted as the Democratic donkey) in the boxing ring raising the hand of the unscathed winner, Adlai Stevenson. Reflects the fact that the Democrats, after a bitter bruising convention in 1952, had nominated as their candidate for president, Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, a man who had not even campaigned for the nomination.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1952
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    "Bring me the first two items first!" 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows President Eisenhower in a restaurant telling a surprised waiter (labeled "Congress") to first bring him "National Security" and a "Balanced Budget." The other two items on the menu, "Gov't Reorganization" and "Tax Reduction" will presumably be deferred. Comments on Eisenhower's decision to address defense problems and balancing the budget before reforming the government bureaucracy and cutting taxes, issues that...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Bringing up the giant crackers 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows the Democratic donkey, carrying "New Deal" and "Fair Deal" luggage, frightened at the sight of South Carolina Governor Jimmy Byrnes, headed for the Democratic Convention carrying two giant firecrackers labeled "Civil Rights Issue" and "Dixiecrat Revolt." Comments on the threats by Byrnes to stage a Southern walkout if the Democrats backed a strong civil rights platform.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1952
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    Can he handle both at once? 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a fat old weightlifter (labeled "83rd Congress") trying to lift two giant barbells, one labeled "Tax Cut," the other, "Balanced Budget." Uncle Sam looks on apprehensively. Questions whether Congress will be able to fulfill the conflicting Republican campaign pledges made during the 1952 presidential campaign.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Delaying the President's special 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows Secretary of Defense nominee Charles E. Wilson attempting to board a train labeled "Eisenhower Cabinet," carrying a huge dog labeled "G.M. Stock Holdings." A conductor labeled "Senate Armed Services Comm." blocks his way, saying "Not with THAT animal!" Reflects the conflict of interest controversy surrounding the appointment of Wilson who had been chairman of General Motors. Wilson was finally...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Determined to reduce him 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a determined President Eisenhower as a trainer, supervising the exercise of a large fat man (labeled "The Budget") who is vainly trying to touch his toes. Comments on the difficulties faced by the President in fulfilling the Republican promises made during the 1952 presidential campaign to reduce government spending.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    Early start on big pruning job 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows the new Republican Budget Director Joseph Dodge, holding clippers (labeled "Administration's Economy Drive") about to prune small branches (labeled "Federal Hiring," "Building Projects," and "Non- essentials") from a massive tree labeled "Gov't Spending." Reflects Dodge's announcement on February 3, freezing government hiring and the initiation of new government building projects. This was viewed as the first step in fulfilling...
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953
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    The evidence is piling up 1 drawing. | Cartoon shows a long line of "Returned UN prisoners" testifying before Uncle Sam as to "Red Brutalities to PWs." Reflects American outrage at the reports of atrocities that emerged as American prisoners of war were released following the Korean War armistice in July 1953.
    • Contributor: Roche, Leo Joseph
    • Date: 1953