Saturday, June 26, 2004

Cartoon Museum

After getting settled into my hotel here in lovely San Francisco, I decided to take in a bit of culture. So, I stopped by the Cartoon Museum. On display was a fascinating collection of political cartoons from a local San Francisco political cartoon weekly called "The Wasp" which was published from 1876 to 1897. A number of these drawings where overtly racist. There were a number of them that portrayed chinese immigrants as filthy, opium smoking, opportunists. Of course this publication seemed to have equal distaste for european immigrants as well. It's amazing what passed as mainstream media back then. The rest of the collection was pretty balanced between underground comics, animation cells from feature films and television, magazine and newspaper cartoons. I highly recommend a visit.

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