Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gregory d'Alessio: Mocking the Third Reich

If wartime despots have one thing in common, it's a disregard for the well-being of those they command. American illustrator Gregory d'Alessio does his patriotic duty in this cartoon from the second World War and mocks the Third Reich for its supposed concern for and benevolence toward its troops. Note the impossibly rigid stance of the jackbooted officer as compared with the physical condition of the soldiers, one an above-knee amputee and the other an above-elbow amputee.

"Here are your papers, my brave soldiers. Der Fuehrer has seen fit,
out of the kindness of his heart, to grant you a furlough."
Gregory d'Alessio

Press photo dated February 13, 1941
Quoted in The Daily Mail, Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, August 1, 1942, page 4

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The Daily Mail, Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, August 1, 1942, page 4

Note:  Before it was used in a press photo, this cartoon was no doubt published somewhere. But exactly where? Someone may know...

The page of the Daily Mail of Hagerstown, MD, which quotes this cartoon is hidden behind a paywall. Can anyone tell me the context in which this cartoon was cited more than a year after its first publication?

Stop me if you've heard this one. Attempted Bloggery is eager to publish scans or photographs of original cartoon art by Gregory d'Alessio and, for that matter, other New Yorker artists of the past 92 years. Clippings of rare, published cartoons and illustrations from other publications are always eagerly received here. Wartime propaganda is also welcome.

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