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And 1940 is a Leap Year

Leap Years, in which the month of February has an extra day, occur only once every four years. On that extra day, marvelous and extraordinary things can happen.

As it turns out, the 1940 was a leap year, and also a presidential election year. In a marvelous event, Incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigned and was successfully elected to a third…

I Kinda Think 1940 is Going to be a Young Man's Year

In 1940 the Democratic presidential candidate was incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Republican party was made up of a diverse group of political hopefuls: Hoover, Vandenberg, La Guardia, Taft, Barton, Lodge, and Dewey. A photo of each is presented with the age of the candidates, the oldest being Herbert Hoover at 65 and the youngest being Dewey…

The Cup That Cheers

Straw polls, or a straw vote is an “unofficial ballot conducted as a test of public opinion. Here the Republicans and the Democrats are competing to “drink” the most straw vote results. The Democratic Party had been in power since 1932. According to Gallup polls President Roosevelt’s approval ratings steadily grew throughout…

Is There A Psychiatrist in the House

In 1948 the Democratic Party didnot stand united behind a single candidate. Truman, the incumbent, proposed several progressive reforms which committed the Democratic party to formulate a platform of explicit racial equality with “the end of state poll taxes, anti-lynching laws and the desegregation of the military.” These proposals led…

May I Peep Through This Knothole?

Looks like Herbert Hoover is trying to get a one up on the Republicans! 1936 was an election year and Republican candidate, Alfred Landon, was doing his best to attack the New Deal plans that Democratic nominee, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was putting into play as president. Herbert Hoover was still popular with the democrats at this time and was doing…

Just Who is Head Mahout Around Here?

The term “mahout” is used in South/South East Asia to refer to a person who works with or rides elephants. The symbol of the G.O.P is also an elephant. Ron A. Lewis here makes an ironic illustration on the uncertainty of who will be the “head” rider of the Republican party, as in 1940 there was not a strong candidate for the…

What Will The Harvest Be?

Seems like the Republicans are doing a great job mowing over Springfield, Illinois! In preparation for the 1936 election year, the Republican party held a “grassroots” convention in Springfield Illinois to rally the party and raise hopes for the next year. In doing this, they GOP reminded their members of both the greatness of one…

"Elections Tuesday will set political state for titanic 1940 struggle"
The elections of 1938 showed a great deal of change in certain state governments. The states shown illustrate the outcomes of several senatorial and gubernatorial elections. This cartoon illustrates those politicians who would come to influence the outcome of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was seeking his third presidential term in the 1940…

That Supreme Moment When the Photographer says "Look Pleasant"
Not too sure that the politicians are listening to the photographer. This 1840s cartoon is representative of how politicians were commonly seen as unpleasant by cartoonists of this time. As a result, they were depicted as generally angry and unapproachable.


Politics is a dirty business. The fights that the two parties get themselves into often can resemble a boxing match. In this image Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a violent tousle while the American public looks on as a cautious referee. It is not certain if there was a certain year or political campaign which the author was describing…