Given that Canada just had a memorable election and the U.S. is still in the throes of its year-plus presidential campaign marathon, this seems to be a good opportunity to interject a smidgen of politics into the mix. But not too heavy — so let’s look at some early pop culture.
Political cartoons depicting relations between Canada and the U.S. extend back to the founding days of both countries. The images depicted here, from the late 1890s through early 1900s, mostly play on a recurrent theme of the U.S. being attentive or aligned with Canada for reasons that were alternately virtuous or of a more self-interested intention. With Canada then still firmly part of the British Empire, Britain also figured prominently in many such scenes from this period.
These are so cool!! Thanks.
Your post is a real educational fun! Thanks for sharing!
Just think…in another 100 years people will be laughing at today’s “dated” cartoons. 🙂
The artwork is stunning.
Yes our continual problem since 1776. The USA should have remained British and hanged that gang Washington and all.
These are great Brett. I wish we had something better to help us endure this extended season down here.
As an artist I agree, the artwork is great. As a Canadian our recent election was epic. I voted for Mr. Trudeau. My father voted for Mr. Trudeau ‘ s father when Pierre Elliot was PM. I saw on TV Justin Trudeau speaking of his father during his father’s eulogy. I remember looking at my husband and saying that man will one day be PM. Thank you for posting these political cartoons. 😊
Joanna, thanks for sharing this.
These were a hoot! All of them were new to me …. thanks very much for digging them out and sharing them!