Cartoon -- With the Jawbone of an Ass.
Dart, Harry Grant (1869 – 1938)
Periodicals -- Illustrations.
Caricatures and cartoons.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Most issues of Life had a theme that was introduced by the cover and reflected throughout the issue. This issue was the "Navy Number."
Harry Grant Dart was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1869. His worked for a time creating crayon portraits for the National Crayon Company brochures. He drew for the Boston Herald and the New York World. The World sent Dart to Cuba as a sketch artist for important events. Eventually, he became the art editor of the World. Around the same time, he started his cartoon strip, the Explorigator. The strip only ran for 14 weeks in 1908. Dart went on to become a very prolific cartoonist for Life and Judge during the 1920s. He is best known for his futuristic and aviation-oriented cartoons and comic strips. His detailed cartoons featured complicated perspectives and futuristic speculations. He died in New Hampshire in 1938.
Half page cartoon. In this cartoon, President Woodrow Wilson is wielding a weapon labeled Democracy against the economic corruption of the time. The symbolism is Biblical, from the story in Judges where Samson slew 1000 Philistines with the Jawbone of an Ass. The word Philistine has come to mean a crass materialistic person or one who does not value intellect and Wilson had the reputation of being an intellectual, so the cartoon has meaning on several different levels.
Volume 62, number 1622, page 925.
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9 1/2 x 11 inches
Print on paper
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