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Will the government take him seriously?
This cartoon lampoons Chicago Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson's trip to Washington to press for flood control. Thompson, dressed in a polka-dot Pagliacci-style clown costume labeled "Big Bill's Political Clowning" follows a "To Washington" directional sign. His left arm shoulders an East Asian paper umbrella. Tucked under his right arm is a trumpet marked "Ballyhoo." He carries a briefcase labeled "The Serious Problem of Flood Control." In the background a somber man marked "Mid-West" stands behind a picket fence and says "I hope he doesn't make a joke out of that, too!" A small lion labeled "British History Farce" stands In front of the picket fence.
18.4 x 15.8 cm
black and white
- still image
- These materials are either in the public domain, according to U.S. copyright law, or permission has been obtained from rights owners. The digital version and supplementary materials are available for all educational uses worldwide.
- The Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Image Collection
- Chicago Daily Tribune (November 7, 1927), n.p.