This double-page image from Judge magazine satirizes American politics in the wake of the Spanish-American War.
It centers on a stare-down between the United States as a big turkey and a small duck with bristled hair and a furrowed brow, representing the Philippines.
Treaty of Paris
In 1898, the Treaty of Paris gave the US control over the former Spanish colony (the Phillipines ~ after paying $20 million to Spain), but the country's revolutionaries did not easily acquiesce.
The ensuing conflict complicated the United States' rise to world power--a status the cartoon suggests the country was not used to--by drawing its attention away from its other new ducklings: Alaska, Samoa, Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Danish West Indies.
Further trouble can be seen brewing behind the "United States Old Hen," where a breach in the "Canadian Fence" references ongoing territorial disputes between the neighboring nations brought on by the Yukon gold rush.
The is a historical print in very good condition, a worthy collectible.
Frederick Victor Gillam
Its creator, Frederick Victor Gillam (1858-1920), was a political cartoonist who emigrated from England to the US, eventually settling in Brooklyn.
He learned from his older brother, the famed cartoonist Bernhard Gillam, but developed a notable style of his own.
His best work dates from the turn of the century and addresses both national and international politics of the era.
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