Caricatures and Humor


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399George Cruikshank, Greenwich Hospital, nautical, humor, engravingsDetailsBarker, Matthew Henry1826
Greenwich Hospital
Barker, Matthew Henry
1826
LOC:0
$400.00Barker--Matthew-HenryGreenwich-HospitalCollection of humorous nautical tales written by Matthew Barker and illustrated by George Cruikshank. Eleven etched plates and sixteen text woodcuts. Marbled boards. London: James Robins and Co., 1826
508Naval themed frontispiece for a series of Cruikshank caricaturesDetailsCruikshank, George1835
The Sailors Progress
Cruikshank, George
1835
LOC:9
$165.00Cruikshank--GeorgeThe-Sailors-ProgressNaval-themed frontispiece to a series of eight British naval caricature engravings by George Cruikshank depicting the life of Master Blockhead. Copperplate etching published by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, London. August 1, 1835. Printed on an 11"x17" sheet of heavy wove paper the etching measure 5" by 7".
473Engraved satire about French invasion by Gillray.DetailsGillray, James1851
End of the Irish Invasion
Gillray, James
1851
LOC:9
$195.00Gillray--JamesEnd-of-the-Irish-InvasionRe-strike satirical copperplate engraving from the original plate by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. This engraving by James Gillray reflects the fear of invasion from France at the end of the 18th century, just a few years after the French revolution. The prospect of invasion by sea has threatened the British Isles several times beginning in Roman times, notably during the "Invincible Armada" sent by Spain in 1588. <BR> </BR> The New York Public Library website explains the plate: <dir class="indenttextblock">"From the beginning of the conflict with France, the British feared a French invasion. In October 1796, the King warned against such a threat, which was dismissed by the Opposition as a fantasy. However, on December 15, 1796, a French force of 15,000 troops with an armada of ships, led by General Lazare Hoche, sailed from Brest and anchored in Bantry Bay off southern Ireland, assuming that their invasion would prompt a popular uprising against the British. Like the Spanish Armada two hundred years before, this plan was undone primarily by stormy weather. The winds in Gillray’s version emanate from (left to right) the mouths of Prime Minister Pitt, Secretary of War Henry Dundas, Foreign Secretary William Wyndham Grenville, and War Minister William Windham. One ship, Le Révolutionare with a Fox figurehead, is tossed by wind and waves, the L’Egalité is swamped, and the Whigs aboard The Revolutionary Jolly Boat appear doomed."</dir> <BR> Source: New York Public Library. Print Collection. No. 49.<BR> </BR> Originally published in 1797 by Hannah Humphrey this plate is from the Henry Bohn restrikes printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the other side contains another fine engraving by Gillray titled "The Lion's Share".
474Engraved satiric caricature about Admiral Horatio Nelson.DetailsGillray, James1851
The Hero of the Nile
Gillray, James
1851
LOC:9
$245.00Gillray--JamesThe-Hero-of-the-NileRe-strike caricature copperplate engraving from the original plate, by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. Gillray's topic in this plate, first published in 1798, is one of Britain's naval heros, Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). <BR> </BR> Today, without an explanation many readers would not realize that this engraving is a caricature of Nelson, generally considered to be a great naval leader. The Greenwich Royal Museum explains Gillray's point of view:<i> " In contrast to other unquestioningly adulatory prints of Nelson’s victory at the Battle of the Nile, Gillray here sardonically points to the very large material rewards heaped upon Nelson as a result. Burlesquing the genre of heroic portraiture, he presents Nelson in solitary full-length, on deck and enveloped in smoke. Gillray draws attention to the diamond chelengk in Nelson’s hat, presented to him by the Sultan of Turkey, and in the adapted coat of arms below the main image satirizes his recent baronetcy. In November Nelson was created Baron Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe and was awarded a pension of £2000 a year. Gillray substitutes for the correct arms on the original shield a bulging purse and scroll inscribed ‘£2000 pr Ann’. Placed alongside Nelson’s motto ‘Palmam qui meruit ferat’ (Let he who has earned it bear the Palm), Gillray undermines the motto’s meaning, to question whether such a large material reward really is merited.</i><BR> Source: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.Collections. <BR> </BR> Originally published in 1798 this plate is a restrike by Henry Bohn printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the other side contains another engraving, a biting satire by Gillray titled "Destruction of the French Collossus". Plate 211.
475Caricature of King George III slaying Napoleon as a dragonDetailsGillray, James1851
St. George and the Dragon
Gillray, James
1851
LOC:9
$500.00Gillray--JamesSt--George-and-the-DragonSpectacular re-strike caricature copperplate engraving from the original plate, by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. The quality of engraving and the dark impression, along with Gillray's composition, and large size make this a very striking and attractive work. <BR> </BR> The scene depicts the royal St. George (King George III) rescuing Britannia from the fangs of the Monster of France (Naploeon). The king wears the uniform of his own regiment of Guards (the Blues). <BR> Source: Wright, Thomas and Robert Harding. "Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray" Google Books. P.242 <BR> </BR> Originally published in 1805 this plate is a restrike by Henry Bohn printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the other side contains another engraving, a satire by Gillray titled "The end of the farce of Catholic Emancipation".
4801A rare 19th-century cyanotype folk-art advertisement.DetailsRathbun, Frank A.1890
Early Cyanotype Advertisement for Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches
Rathbun, Frank A.
1890
LOC:10
$560.00Rathbun--Frank-A-Early-Cyanotype-Advertisement-for-Rathbun-s-Wagon-Jack-and-WrenchesA rare 19th-century <b>cyanotype print folk-art advertisement</b> ca. 1890 for F.A. Rathbun's wagon jack and wrenches. No other copy of any advertisement for Rathbun or his equipment is found online. The blueprint (cyanotype) photographic process, invented in 1842, was not adopted widely as a business document reproduction technology until after 1880. <br></br> With two cartoon-like drawings illustrating the "Worst Way" and the "Best Way" to change a wheel on a buggy or wagon (no mention of automobiles). The best way according to the author is Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches. Compliments of F.A. Rathbun Beloit, Wisconsin. <br></br> With an additional 3" x 7" cyanotype print of a large wrench labeled "F.A. Rathbun Beloit Wis." <br></br> The ad copy reads: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Compliments of F.A. RATHBUN. BELOIT WIS. Manufactuer [sic] of his celebrated Wagon Jacks & Wrenches. By the use of which any one can grease thier [sic] wagon or buggy in less then one half the time required by the use of any other jack and wrench in the market without soiling hands or clothes. The pecular [sic] construction of the jack and manner in which it is used, recommmends its-self to all who know the trouble usually experienced with all jacks that have to be used under the buggy. This is the only jack that can be used at the end of the axle so that the wheel can be slid out on it for support. The 'wrench' also recommends itself to all who would avoid geting [sic] themselves greasy and dirty or straws and dirt on the nut to be scraped off or remain on to wear out the spindle. It is always ready. Never slips, and is quickly and easily operated. All who have used them recommed [sic] them to others. Liberal discount, to the trade and agents." </div> In April 1887 Frank A. Rathbun a machinist of Beloit Wis. assigned a patent he held on a wheeled scraper to F.W. Kimball of Milwaukee, Wis. However there is no mention of a patent on Rathbun's wagon jack.
5364 Two heart-shaped allegorical maps of the heart by gender.DetailsAnonymous1909
Pair of manuscript allegorical Maps of the Heart, anatomically correct.
Anonymous
1909
LOC:13
$1,700.00AnonymousPair-of-manuscript-allegorical-Maps-of-the-Heart--anatomically-correct-Two rare manuscript pen and ink anatomically-correct heart-shaped geographical guides or allegorical maps: "Map of Man's Heart" and "Map of Woman's Heart". Both maps are attributed within circular cartouches reading "Surveyed and Drawn by HUB. Scale 2 miles = 1". 1909." This style of anatomical heart-shaped maps and some of the traits are not found anywhere online. <br></br> After similar Victorian-era maps by D.W. Kellogg & Co. of Connecticut ca. 1840. Unlike this manuscript pair of maps, the Kellogg lithographs were based on a stylized and exaggerated bi-lobed conception of the heart- the "Valentine" heart that we know today. Despite the differences in wording of traits, the theme of negative stereotypes for women is the same. <br></br> Map of Man's Heart includes large areas devoted to patience, modesty, fidelity (twice), benevolence, humanity, knowledge and love. On the other hand, the Map of Woman's Heart largely features conceit, jealousy, scandal, duplicity, deceit, fickleness and avarice among other traits. The woman's heart is pierced by the "River Tongue" and surrounded on one side by the "kleptomaniac ocean" and on the other side, the "cantankerous ocean". <br></br> Seller attributes the provenance to India "it came from a nurses friendship book, she being based in Bangalore India - her name was probably MacDonald."
5357Humorous pictorial map of Lowry Field, outside Denver, Colorado.DetailsGrimes, George1944
Pictorial map of Lowry Field Denver Colorado
Grimes, George
1944
LOC:77
$275.00Grimes--GeorgePictorial-map-of-Lowry-Field-Denver-ColoradoA very scarce pictorial map of Lowry Field, at the eastern edge of Denver, Colorado, from the first issue of the Lowry Field Information Handbook [1] in November, 1944. Lowry field was activated in February, 1938 as the site of the Army Air Forces Training Command [2]. From the 1980’s, Lowry Air Force Base was one of Colorado’s largest employers. Lowry AFB employed nearly 10,000 military and civilian men and women, providing an economic impact annually approaching $1 billion [3]. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> [1] Earliest publication was November, 1944 with a later edition of February, 1945. On the later map a telephone icon is added and locations of the telephone shelter house and telephone lounges are colored orange.<br> [2] Information Handbook Lowry Field (AAF Training Command). Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. Denver. 1944. Online.<br> [3] https://wingsmuseum.org/about/history/. Online </div>
4845Manuscript G.I. map from World War 2 era of Vita Levu, Fiji.DetailsAnonymous1945
WWII MS Cartoon Map of Vita Levu, Fiji Islands
Anonymous
1945
LOC:200
$450.00AnonymousWWII-MS-Cartoon-Map-of-Vita-Levu--Fiji-IslandsArtistically produced manuscript G.I. pictorial map from World War 2 era of Fiji's largest island, Vita Levu. Full of small cartoonish drawings of island life, especially as related to the military with Div. HQ. Suva noted near Suva Bay and Natambua OCS (Officer Candidate School). <br></br> Some of the cartoons could suggest a feature in a specific geographic area on Vita Levu but other drawings seem to commemorate group events like a fishing expedition to the nearby Yasawa islands. Viewed as a graphical record of a trip to OCS, the map would document the group's arrival by cargo ship, their overland trip to the OCS by car and then train, passing an airbase; then their arrival and recreation at OCS including swimming and fishing. At mid right a grass-skirted long-haired native offers a G.I. a drink of Fiji's national beverage, Kava. <br></br> There was threat of Japanese invasion for the majority of 1942 and part of 1943, which resulted in a build up of military forces and defensive installations. However, World War 2 never reached Vita Levu or any Fijian Island in the South Pacific. In later years, Fiji was used as a forward base for the Allied forces, which resulted in the construction of transportation infrastructure, as well as an influx of Allied troops and supplies coming into the island. Dated as 1945 with the view that fishing expeditions would have been frowned upon in a potential combat theater, thus post-dates WWII.
4971Humorous map of the state of Texas by Withers.DetailsWithers, James Harlan1947
Humorous map of Texas from a Texan perspective
Withers, James Harlan
1947
LOC:63
$700.00Withers--James-HarlanHumorous-map-of-Texas-from-a-Texan-perspectiveScarce original blue-line, politically incorrect, map of the state of Texas from the 'humorously' distorted perspective of a Texan looking outward at the rest of the country. Believed to be the earliest recorded version of later similar 'humorous' maps of Texas inspired by Wither's design. Only one holding is found online, at the University of Texas, Arlington, where it is described: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> Map shows distortion of boundaries of the state of Texas in comparison to its U.S. neighbors with humorous bragging and derogatory relabeling. Relief shown by hachures. (Source: https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth252139/) </div> <br></br> The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1947 records a copyright for "A Texan's Map of U.S.A.", held by James Harlan Withers of San Angelo , Texas. Predates by two years the derivative but substantially different "A Texan's Map of the United States" by Frank Oliver published in 1949 for TexOak flooring. <br></br> The blue-line, or diazo process is a chemical method of document reproduction that fell out of use in the early 2000's.
5324Humorous birdseye view of the U. S. base at Johnston Island.DetailsAnonymous1947
Birdseye view of Johnston Island Atoll Pacific Ocean
Anonymous
1947
LOC:
$425.00AnonymousBirdseye-view-of-Johnston-Island-Atoll-Pacific-OceanOne of a kind humorous birdseye view of the U. S. base at Johnston Island (also Johnston Atoll) in the Pacific Ocean. The author was clearly a member of the U. S. Armed Forces, probably Navy ("X.O.","yeomen", "chief"), who created this view as a memento or souvenir for others. Focus is one the off-hour entertainment and leisure activities on the island: Johnston Island Little Theater, Officer's Club, Ear Banger's Bar and Grill, J.I. Distillery, fishing, hobby shop, etc. <br></br> The date of this item is unclear but probably from the years immediately after WWII. Shows the troops engaged in construction activities. Quonset huts, four-engine propeller driven aircraft, and an airstrip apparently not paved and requiring watering to reduce the dust. No trace of heavy armament, or mention of the enemy, which would surely have been a major concern in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Navy operated Johnston Island from 1934 to 1948 when the Air Force took over. The site was used for high-altitude nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s. <br></br> Reproduced with a diazo process.
5251Humorous map of the world explained by pictorial illustrations.DetailsHutson, H.H.1948
Humorous map of the world from a Texans perspective
Hutson, H.H.
1948
LOC:200
$125.00Hutson--H-H-Humorous-map-of-the-world-from-a-Texans-perspectiveA humorous map of the world explained by pictorial illustrations related to Texas features and exaggerations. Distributed as a paper placemat for Long Champ restaurant in Amarillo, Texas - Homer Rice, Owner. Copyright 1948 by H.H. Hutson. Only one recent sale recorded, scarce.
5290Unrecorded comical map of East Asia inspired by Al Capp.DetailsAnonymous1949
Unrecorded comical map related to the Communist Revolution in China
Anonymous
1949
LOC:9
$1,600.00AnonymousUnrecorded-comical-map-related-to-the-Communist-Revolution-in-ChinaUnrecorded, and somewhat puzzling comical map of East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) inspired by Al Capp's "Lower Slobbovia" cartoon map from Capp's Li'l Abner comic book series (1949). In crude Russian and Chinese-inflected dialect the map documents (in manuscript red ink) the exodus of American workers from Shanghai, China to the United States during the last two years of the Chinese Civil War. This is a U.S. artifact from the early establishment of the People's Republic of China after WWII with a probable connection to the U.S. military [1]. Very rare. Not found anywhere else on this planet. <br></br> After the end of WWII United States companies built lucrative businesses within China. During 1948 and 1949, it became clear that the Chinese Nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-shek (supported by the U.S.A.) would be defeated by Chinese Communist forces, led by Mao Zedong and supported by Russia. U.S. diplomats and civilian business leaders began an exodus [2] from China. By May, 1949 the stream of foreigners leaving China was concentrated in Shanghai, China where most caught ships to the U.S.A [3], [4]. <br></br> Includes a depiction of the Trans Manchuria Railway with an unknown connection to salt. The railway is shown extending from Saltport (Dalian), past Saltograd, Staffograd, past the Rad (Red) River and ending near Slobbovian Salt Mines. <br><br> Note:<br> Humerican = American<br> Pitchavich=Peretychika, Russia<br> Havaveto = Pyongyang, North Korea<br> <br> [1]"You is here you lucky dogs" = Zama, Japan, the earliest U.S. Army barracks in Japan and the former site of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy. [2] "Where Rad (Red) revolution is ending Humerican blue platt specials." [3] "Is showing route of 'Vanishink Humerican' class of 1948 and 1949." [4] Shows a sea route in MS red ink connecting Gimpo (Kimpo), Korea; Shanghai, China; and the United States.
4984Pictorial map of Washington State routes by West Coast AirlinesDetailsWest Coast Airlines1954
Pictorial Map of Washington State by West Coast Airlines
West Coast Airlines
1954
LOC:88
$300.00West-Coast-AirlinesPictorial-Map-of-Washington-State-by-West-Coast-AirlinesScarce, colorful, pictorial map of airline routes across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho flown by West Coast Airlines. Statement at bottom of the map reads: "Paul Bunyan's Empire Cut to Travel Size". <br></br> West Coast Airlines (WCA), founded in 1941, was based at Boeing Field in Seattle. WCA began scheduled passenger service in 1946 with a fleet of Douglas DC-3s. Table at upper right contains a list of Key Points of Interest across the three-state area. Dated within at 1954. Verso with text and photo images from across the region. <br></br> Apparently the map was updated and re-issued again in 1962.
5229Rare Chicago manuscript cartoon weather map from 1956 by Hoff.DetailsHoff, P. J.1956
Early Television Weather Map P. J. Hoff Chicago WBBM Channel 2
Hoff, P. J.
1956
LOC:53
$400.00Hoff--P--J-Early-Television-Weather-Map-P--J--Hoff-Chicago-WBBM-Channel-2Rare manuscript cartoon television weather map for the Chicago, Illinois area from Friday, September 14, 1956. This manuscript map was drawn during the early days of television by P. J. Hoff, one of Chicago's best known TV's personalities, at WBBM Channel 2. Hoff was known for his large weather maps drawn with a black wide-tipped marker and populated with two-dimensional cut-outs representing weather features: clouds, raindrops, umbrellas, suns, and an assortment of cartoon characters including Nanook North Wind, Susanna South Wind, and "The Vice President in Charge of Looking Out the Window." <br></br> Here the "V.P." is fashioned with two strings to permit the character to be pulled though a wringer with a bucket at the bottom labeled "H 2 0". All in fun to illustrate the forecast for rain. At right, a non-PC Chinese character promises more of the same weather in the eastern part of the weather area: "Allee Samee Okley You Sneeze." <br></br> With an ink MS dedication by Hoff to David Rowley. <br></br> Hoff (1896-1981) was born Piercy J. Hoffstrom in Mounds, Oklahoma. In 1963 Hoff was so well known locally that he patented and sold a "P.J. Hoff Weather Kit" with a printed blank map, cut-out characters, and other weather-related items based on his on-air maps as his prototype. In 1968, after a career as a columnist, cartoonist, and radio/TV personality Hoff retired to Saint Simons Island, Georgia. <br></br> WBBM-TV began as WXBK in 1940, but in 1953 was sold to CBS in a complex swap whereby CBS took over WBBM-TV. <br></br> Source </br> https://www.robertfeder.com/2014/09/10/remembering-p-j-hoff-chicagos-original-weatherman-with-character/
5343Satirical, mid 20th-century humorous blueprint of nuclear ship.DetailsKidden, R. U.1956
Humorous blueprint for a nuclear powered ship
Kidden, R. U.
1956
LOC:55
$600.00Kidden--R--U-Humorous-blueprint-for-a-nuclear-powered-shipOne-of-a-kind, striking, original humorous cyanotype or blueprint diagram of a nuclear powered ship drawn in the era immediately after WWII when two hydrogen bombs helped end the war with Japan. In 1955, the United States commissioned the world's first nuclear powered vessel, the submarine U.S.S. Nautilus. The world's first nuclear-powered surface ship, the cruiser Long beach, was not commissioned into service until September, 1961. <br></br> Almost every feature on the ship has something wrong with it such that anyone familiar with ship design would find it amusing, yet the overall structure of the engineering drawing with the title block and sections for revisions and specifications, made the drawing seem plausible from a distance. Includes humorous mis-spellings and a crazy network of piping. <br></br> One of the key features is that many of the ship's features are labeled in Russian as well as English, reflecting the Cold-war competition between the two powers. Revision E3 explains "Added Russian translation applying to complete ship to save time when prints are stolen." Other funny bits include: <br></br><div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Outhouse on the stern is piped into the crew's forward supply tanks.</li> <li>Floatplane on an upper deck has its floats mounted backwards.</li> <li>Split-level crow's next is comprised of two stacked birdhouses.</li> <li>Captains balls mounted on a upper guy wire (they belong on the compass)</li> <li>Mid 19th-cenutury cannon part of the armament mounted on the bow.</li> <li>The propeller is misshapen and dinged up.</li> <li>The vessel is 100 feet long but 75 feet wide.</li> <li>The plans are checked and approved by R. U. Kidden and I. M. Nuts.</li> <li>Large pipe for radioactive waste flows into the crew's quarters.</li> <li>Sickbay is shown stacked with caskets .</li> </ul> </div>
5097Humorous pictorial map tablecloth titled A Texan's Map of U.S.A.DetailsWithers, James Harlan1958
A Texan's Map of U.S.A.
Withers, James Harlan
1958
LOC:0
$500.00Withers--James-HarlanA-Texan-s-Map-of-U-S-A-A Texan's Map of U.S.A. A derivative edition of a classic pictorial "humorous" map with more than a whiff of the intolerance that some believe permeates the state of Texas today. Tablecloth-sized map of the United States on Indian Head cloth [1] based on a design copyrighted by J.H. Withers in 1947 and branded with the imprint of Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. <br></br> Wither's distinctive design elements include a revised shape for Texas which extends to the west coast to provide Texas with a space for a "future seaport" and the appellation "damm' Yankee territory" for most of the northeast U.S.A. <br></br> The Catalog of Copyright Entries for 1947 records a copyright for "A Texan's Map of U.S.A.", held by James Harlan Withers of San Angelo, Texas. Wither's 1947 pictorial map is the earliest documented example of a genre of pictorial map with many derivative versions that begin with the fact that Texas was, at the time, the largest state in the U.S. and extend that simple premise to exaggerate the importance and quality of the state of Texas over the every other state in the U.S.A. <br></br> Early 50's date is supported by the fact that neither Alaska nor Hawaii, which both attained statehood in 1959, are mentioned on the map. <br></br> [1] Indian Head cloth was not manufactured after 1962. Indian Head Cloth Permanent Finish Sanforized stamping on a single line is associated with cloth produced from the late 1940s to early 1950s. (Source: http://info.fabrics.net/indian-head-remembered-revisiting-an-american-institution/)
5172Original manuscript art for Reagan era "Central America Game" cartoon.DetailsCampbell1983
Original manuscript art for Reagan era Central America Game cartoon
Campbell
1983
LOC:200
$1,750.00CampbellOriginal-manuscript-art-for-Reagan-era-Central-America-Game-cartoonRare original manuscript art by Campbell for Reagan era "Central America Game" cartoon, 1983. This one-of-a-kind satirical cartoon references decades of United States involvement in attempts to overthrow Central and South American governments (Cuba, Panama, Chile, Venezuela ), some successful. <br></br> Set surrounded by sea, spanning a globe, political leaders conduct a dialog above a gameboard emulating the landmass of Central America with Pinochet and Castro as board pieces. Ronald Reagan asks Henry Kissinger about the rules for meddling in the Americas. Dialog: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <b>Ronald Reagan: </b>"How do you win this 'Central America' game Henry?"<br> <b>Henry Kissinger: </b>"I'm not sure anyone ever has, Mr. President." </div> </br> Pen and ink manuscript sketch with a few edits in white-out. Signed "Campbell Aug 11, 1983." <br></br>