Category Archives: Wasp

Bidwell as Land Monopolist

The San Francisco Wasp published this two-page cartoon on June 18, 1892. (Look below for larger versions of the pages.) On the left are farmers in Kansas, desperately fleeing tornadoes and floods. On the right, entrance to sunny, fertile California … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Mining

Here you have a cartoon showing a fat “Sacramento Farmer” beating down the poor “Hydraulic Miner” with his club of “Unreasonable Prejudice.” Uncle Sam is about to step in, saying, “See here, Rusticus, drop that [word lost in the gutter] … Continue reading

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California Wants a Canal

I like these cartoons that feature California as a goddess in all her glory, so here is another one. This one shows California looking peeved. What has her so exasperated? The caption reads: A YEAR OF PLENTY: California — What … Continue reading

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How The Wasp Saw Women

As much as I enjoy paging through the Wasp and looking at the cartoons, I have to acknowledge that it was a newspaper produced by men for men. Two cartoons from 1878 issues of the Wasp will give you a … Continue reading

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Another Cartoon from the Wasp

I am putting this one up just so you can admire the artistry of the cartoonist Charles Saalburg. It appeared in the Wasp on February 7, 1891. Sometimes the Wasp explained the cartoons, but I couldn’t find anything in this … Continue reading

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Bidwell Cartoon

John Bidwell is struggling to carry the burden of two nominations for governor of California in this cartoon by Charles W. Saalburg from The Wasp, August 23, 1890. Most of the political cartoons that appeared in the Wasp over one … Continue reading

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The Wasp — California vs. Florida

Here is another cartoon showing “California,” as she is depicted on the State Seal. The Wasp didn’t always explain its cartoons, but this seems to have reference to a short item in the paper: Word comes from Chicago that California … Continue reading

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