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The War Years - 1942

The cartoons of 1942 reveal the portrait of a nation at war. Teachers and students looking for cartoons based on naval strategy or land battles will find none. Censorship was the rule. Even a nationwide tour by FDR was kept secret until he returned to Washington. The major themes found in the 1942 cartoons are patriotism, production and productivity. Freedom would be won by an all-out war production effort. 1942's cartoons begin with the fall of Manila bay and end with a familiar political theme. There are 36 cartoons representing the best of 1942. Thirty-six is a very small number of cartoons. Of all the years included in the O'Connor Collection at Hyde Park no other year has so fewer cartoons. Perhaps the nation was still reeling after Pearl Harbor. Maybe the cartoonists were being cautious and giving the war-time President the nation's total support.

Date: 42010301.GIF (60K)

Caption: Clearing Up His Office To Get Down To A Real V Job
Content: FDR rids government of incompetent advisors.
Artist: Jerry Doyle in the Philadelphia Record
Date: 42013001.GIF (77K)

Caption: Look Who's Here Again
Content: Doom & gloom boys blaim FDR for Pearl Harbor.
Artist: Daniel Bishop (?) in the St. Louis Star Times
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Estimated deaths in the United Kingdom during WWII are placed at 60,595.

Date: 42021601.GIF (50K)

Caption: Get It, F.D.R.? S.O.S. Now!
Content: Public wants discipline nowl
Artist: Keith Temple in the New Orleans Times Picayune
Date: 42022402.GIF (52K)

Caption: Keep The Home Fire Burning
Content: FDR inspires patriotism.
Artist: Alexauder (?) in the Philadelphia Bulletin
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Civilian casualties in the USSR have been placed at 2,500,000.

Date: 42022403.GIF (37K)

Caption: Roosevelt Calls For More Monkey Wrench, And Less Monkey Business
Content: Nation needs more hard work and less monkey business.
Artist: Chase in the New Orleans Item Tribune
Date: 42022502.GIF (49K)

Caption: Take Notice
Content: No special privileges for labor, farm or capital.
Artist: Halladay in the Providence Journal
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Air raids against Germany killed approximately 300,000.

Date: 42031102.GIF (74K)

Caption: Get Busy With Those Oars
Content: Inflation is a real danger.
Artist: Alexauder (?) in the Philadelphia Bulletin
Date: 42031902.GIF (77K)

Caption: Check!
Content: FDR advances MacArthur to check Japan.
Artist: Alexauder (?) in the Philadelphia Bulletin
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Japanese civilian casualties approached 500,000.

Date: 42032502.GIF (61K)

Caption: Now Let's See A Practical Demonstration
Content: Labor promises a Herculean effort.
Artist: Coakley in the Washington Post
Date: 42032503.GIF (86K)

Caption: Divided We Fall
Content: Victory means freedom instead of slave labor.
Artist: Jerry Doyle in the Philadelphia Record
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Chinese civilian losses probably numbered several million.

Date: 42041501.GIF (79K)

Caption: About Time He Was Broken
Content: FDR will tame inflation.
Artist: Coakley in the Washington Post
Date: 42042803.GIF (82K)

Caption: Doctor's Orders
Content: American dollar needs anti-inflation medicine.
Artist: Alexauder (?) in the Philadelphia Bulletin
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World War II was largely won due to Allied technological superiority.

Date: 42043004.GIF (76K)

Caption: Taking Another Notch In Our Belt
Content: Fiscal control needed to choke Hitler.
Artist: Talburt in the Rocky Mountain News (Denver)
Date: 42051901.GIF (60K)

Caption: FDR's 7 Point Program
Content: FDR's 7 point program will defeat Nazis.
Artist: Grouper (?) in the New Masses (NYC)
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During WWII the US expended 4,072,000,000 rounds of .45 caliber ammo.

Date: 42061501.GIF (47K)

Caption: You'll Find Out, Dearie!
Content: Allied planning will cook the Nazi goose.
Artist: Herblock in the Clearfield Progress (PA)
Date: 42062005.GIF (43K)

Caption: Mein Hot Foot
Content: Allied cooperation make life hot for Hitler.
Artist: Bruce Russell in the Los Angeles Times
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During WWII the US purchased 56,000 tons of peanut butter.

Date: 42062702.GIF (68K)

Caption: The Skeptic
Content: Public skeptical about leader's assurances.
Artist: Arthur Poinier in the Detroit Free Press
Date: 42062902.GIF (69K)

Caption: It Won't Be A Hit With Adolf And His Friends
Content: A second front will open soon.
Artist: Berryman in the Columbus State Journal
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3,898 B-29 bombers were built during WWII.

Date: 42071701.GIF (90K)

Caption: It's No Protecton Unless You Stake It Down
Content: Seven point program can protect against rising living costs.
Artist: Arthur Poinier in the Detroit Free Press
Date: 42080301.GIF (58K)

Caption: Working On Him
Content: Shipping needs help against U-Boats.
Artist: Herblock in the Honolulu Str. Bulletin
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During the war the allies lost 5,150 merchant vessels.

Date: 42082703.GIF (60K)

Caption: Anti-Inflation Program
Content: Wage and farm controls needed.
Artist: Berryman in the Washington Star
Date: 42082801.GIF (77K)

Caption: We Can't Equal Their Sacrifices, But We Might Try
Content: Buy Bonds.
Artist: Unknown Cartoonist in the New York Herald Tribune
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2,828 merchant vessels were sunk by German submarines.

Date: 42090803.GIF (106K)

Caption: Get In And Help
Content: Wage and farm controls needed to contain inflation.
Artist: Coakley in the Washington Post
Date: 42090905.GIF (60K)

Caption: And That's Not His Intuition Talking
Content: An invasion is in the works.
Artist: Berryman in the Washington Star
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The Germans lost 785 submarines during WWII.

Date: 42091703.GIF (70K)

Caption: Get In The Scrap
Content: Social programs are being scrapped.
Artist: Berryman in the Washington Star
Date: 42091803.GIF (63K)

Caption: Too Much Is Enough
Content: War boom causing too much inflation.
Artist: Unknown Cartoonist in the Portland Oregonian
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World War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939.

Date: 42092603.GIF (70K)

Caption: I'll Head You Off Or Else
Content: Farm prices need control.
Artist: Gregg in the Denver Post
Date: 42100201.GIF (49K)

Caption: Right Out Of The Blue
Content: FDR returns to Washington.
Artist: Talburt in the Memphis Press Scimitar
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The German cruiser Admiral Grap Spee was scuttled off Uruguay.

Date: 42100202.GIF (77K)

Caption: Guess Who?
Content: FDR's travel news was censored.
Artist: Sue Berryman (?) in the Washington Star
Date: 42101403.GIF (77K)

Caption: We Must Win
Content: Now is the time to draft 18 year olds.
Artist: Vaughn Shoemaker in the Chicago News
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Manila falls to the Japanese. (January 2, 1942).

Date: 42101406.GIF (41K)

Caption: You Gotta Get Up, You Gotta Get Up
Content: Time for Congress to pass age 18 draft.
Artist: Fred O. Seibel in the Richmond Times Dispatch
Date: 42101502.GIF (57K)

Caption: The Go Ahead Signal
Content: Congress has signal for drafting 18 year-olds.
Artist: Unknown Cartoonist in the Washington Times Herald
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Enlisted strength of Navy is increased to 500,000 (January 12, 1942).

Date: 42102901.GIF (48K)

Caption: Stretched Around The Globe
Content: Atlantic Charter covers the world.
Artist: Fred O. Seibel in the Richmond Times Dispatch
Date: 42111202.GIF (61K)

Caption: Rout Of The Typewriter Strategists
Content: The second front has arrived.
Artist: Berryman in the Washington Star
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Japanese land at Singapore (February 9, 1942).

Date: 42122604.GIF (51K)

Caption: Mostly Wrapping Paper
Content: New Deal promises have not been kept.
Artist: Orr in the Chicago Tribune
Date: 42122702.GIF (95K)

Caption: November Election Marriage License
Content: Labor movement hurt by November elections.
Artist: Jerry Doyle in the Philadelphia Record
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Japanese occupy Rangoon, Burma (March 8, 1942).
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