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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

R.I.P. Homer Davenport, May 2nd, 1912: Cartoons Magazine Centennial, June 1912, Part 0.2

One hundred years ago today, May 2nd, cartoonist Homer Davenport (born March 8th, 1867) died. Click here to read about him, and the annual festival honoring him, in Silverton, Oregon.

Below, a page of cartoons saluting Davenport, from the June 1912 issue of Cartoons Magazine.

Above, a portrait of Davenport and his father, from the dedication page of his 1897 published collection, Cartoons by Davenport.

Click on any picture in this post, to enlarge it and view it in greater detail.

Above, the cover of the 1897-published Cartoons by Davenport. Several cartoons from the collection follow.

Shown above and below, cartoons from the Election of 1896, featuring Republican presidential candidate William McKinley, and Republican National Chairman, Ohio Senator, and Corporate Stooge, Mark Hanna, whom Davenport constantly depicted as wearing a suit checkered with “$” symbols.

Above, No Wonder They Laugh, showing McKinley and Hanna, laughing at the campaign sign “Vote for McKinley and Prosperity“.

Below, McKinley riding the G.O.P. Elephant, and Hanna with a drum strapped to his back (broken from beating it), with the words on the drum reading “Advance Agents of Prosperity“. McKinley remarks (in the caption beneath), “Mark, it don’t look as if the rest of the procession were coming.” In the far background, on the horizon, can be seen closed factories.

Next, Now for Prosperity, depicting Maine Representative Nelson Dingley, Jr., shaking down Uncle Sam, and yielding profits and prosperity for the various monopolies/trusts, grabbing at the falling money below.

Above, the cover from Homer Davenport‘s 1900 cartoon collection The Dollar or the Man?. Hanna figures prominently in this series of cartoons, as do corporate monopolies/trusts, frequently depicted by Davenport as giant, brutish Goliaths. Shown on the cover, is Mark Hanna and the Trusts, engaged in a Tug of War against Uncle Sam and the common people.

Below, a Homer Davenport self-portrait. Davenport continued to draw cartoons in this series, depicting the struggle of the 99% against the abuses of the Corporate Goliaths 1%, until his death.

Above, A full dinner pail for Rockefeller.

Below, The full dinner pail? “Take this to father, dear. It’s light. It won’t be hard to carry. Tell him the new meat schedule of the trust had made it so I couldn’t even get chuck.”

Above & below, Mark Hanna and the Goliath of the Corporate Trusts.

Above, “Mark, do you remember how the poor cuss has worked for us? I wonder if we should cut a check off your coat tail and send it round to his widow?”

Below, “Mark, wouldn’t it be great for the Standard Oil dinner bell?”

To find prior postings of this series, click on The Dollar or the Man?

And, to find earlier posts concerning financial reforms in general, click here.

Doug Wheeler

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3 Responses to “R.I.P. Homer Davenport, May 2nd, 1912: Cartoons Magazine Centennial, June 1912, Part 0.2”

  1. Gus Frederick Says:

    Howdy Doug!

    Great piece of Davenport, (5/2/2012). But one point of correction. The caption “Below, a Homer Davenport self-portrait.” This is actually a portrait of Davenport’s boss, W.R. Hearst, from the front of “Dollar or the Man.” It is a stylized version of the Hearst portrait featured in “Cartoons.”

    Best regards,

    Gus Frederick
    The Davenport Project

  2. Doug Says:

    Hi!

    Well, darn it! And thanks for the correction! I’ll have to either change that description, or substitute in actual portrait.

    Doug

  3. Gus Frederick Says:

    Howdy Doug!

    The very top picture here is a self-portrait of Davenport. The older gentleman looking at his book to his left is his father Dr. Timothy W. Davenport, as this was from the dedication page of “Cartoons by Davenport.”

    Best regards,

    Gus Frederick
    The Davenport Project

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