I thought it would be an interesting look into our nation’s political cartoon history if, this month, I took a look at a different editorial cartoon each day that won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Do note that we’re talking basically 1922-1967 here, as since then, the Committee has almost always awarded cartoonists generally for their work, not for an exemplary single cartoon. So in many ways, this is a snapshot of American politics (for better or for worse) over a forty-five year period. Here is an archive of the cartoons featured thus far.
Today we look at Vaughn Shoemaker’s 1947 award-winning cartoon.
I featured Vaughn Shoemaker (1902-1991) in the Month of Political Art Stars.
His second Pulitzer Prize was received for the following piece, which was released in 1946. As soon as the war was over, labor issues became a major issue once again, and Shoemaker expertly detailed the worry of the common man, in one of the rare Pulitzer Prize winning cartoons that one would actually place as one of the artist’s “best” works…
I especially LOVE the fact that, as Shoemaker duly notes, this race will NEVER end – it will go on forever, making this one of the most timeless cartoons featured thus far this month.