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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Anne Mergen (1906–1994). Giving Them Something to Think About, 1954. Published in The Miami Daily News, April 14, 1954. Ink, crayon, and graphite. Gift of Matthew Bernhardt and Christine Hoverman, 2006. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (030.01.00)

Public Health

When a polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s, Anne Mergen hailed this medical milestone in this cartoon. She strongly advocated in her work for research to find a cure and felt that she had contributed in some small way to victory over the disease. During her career at the Miami Daily News, she produced more than seven thousand editorial cartoons, many of which also ran in such other Cox company newspapers as the Atlanta Journal.