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The pioneer spirit still lives
These two cartoons compare the 1849 California Gold Rush with Lindbergh's 1927 non-stop flight across the Atlantic. The first, "1849," shows an oxen-driven Conestoga wagon labeled "California or Bust" leaving a town. Bystanders wave goodbye to the wagon's occupants. One man, finely dressed in top hat, frock coat, and elaborate vest, tells the wagon driver: "It's almost certain death - You'll either be massacred by the redskins or get lost in the desert - If you don't know any better'n to take such chances you ought to be locked up." The rifle-carrying driver replies, "Wal, I 'spose, you're right, Giddap!" The second cartoon, "1927," shows the Spirit of St. Louis marked "America to Europe," taking off from an airfield. A voice inside says "Let's go - Give 'er the gun!" A well-dressed man comments, "It's sure death! They'll either run out of gas or get lost in the fog! There ought to be a law to keep them from taking chances."
18.4 x 15.8 cm
black and white
- still image
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- The Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Image Collection
- Chicago Daily Tribune (September 8, 1927), n.p.