Sunday, March 17, 2013

On the 17th - The Irishman's idea of Atlas (1911)

Here's another charming cover from Puck Magazine, dated March 15th, 1911. By 1911 the magazine had toned down its anti-Irishness a tad, so that this illustration, although critical of an aspect of the Irish psyche, doesn't quite plumb the depths of racism that the magazine once had. It's also notable that they felt the need to mark the occasion at all considering the magazine's provenance as a German-American publication. This Irish Atlas holds a globe in one hand, with a badly realised but obviously much enlarged Ireland on it, and, never too far from the stereotypes of yore, a cudgel in his other hand. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

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