Vintage 1927 Punch Cartoon - President Coolidge Not Running For President/geneva
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Vintage 1927 Punch Cartoon - President Coolidge Not Running For President/geneva:
It is hard to escape the legacy of the Punch Magazine. From 1841 to 2002, the magazine cast a satirical eye on life in Britain. It charted the interests, concerns and frustrations of the country and today it stands as an invaluable resource not just as cartoon art and satire, but for social historians.
THE PILOT THAT DROPPED HIMSELF Voice from the aeroplane"Gee-neva! What's Taken Calvin?" ["I do not choose to run for President in 1928" -- President Calvin Coolidge]
--This political cartoon combines two events; 1) the surprisedecision by Coolidge not to seek reelection the following year, 1928 (initially issued in a statementconsidered ambiguous, quoted in the cartoon) even though he was very likely his to win given the robust-but soon to fail- economy. 2)The issue of the Geneva conference (see below for details) iscleverlyadded by the expression "Gee-Neva!" [replacing thetraditionalexpression of "Geronimo" when jumping from anairplane], parachutingfrom an airplaine labeled"Republican Party." In this case however, it is the pilot who states this and adds "What's Taken Calvin" again indicating Coolidge's surprise decision to "bail out" of the Republican party candidate for president.
"The Geneva Naval Conference was a conference held to discuss naval arms limitation, held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1927. The aim of the Conference was to extend the existing limits on naval construction which had been agreed in the Washington Naval Treaty. The Washington Treaty had limited the construction of battleships and aircraft carriers, but had not limited the construction of cruisers, destroyers or submarines. In February 1927, President Calvin Coolidge issued a call to the Big Five Powers to meet in Geneva to confront the issue of naval rivalries, as a result of discussions about naval arms limitations at League of Nations disarmament meetings".
Note: this cartoon is not signed and there is no listing in the Index pages (although unnumbered, this page is number 155). However, it looks like Bernard Partridge's work.
Full size: 8 x 10 1/2 inches, including margins. Image shown is slightly cropped.
Source:PUNCH Magazine, August 10, 1927
Condition: still bright paper, clean, verso is blank. Vintage not a modern reproduction. For framing.
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