The Best Friend a Duck Ever Had



Newspapers a century ago didn’t look like today’s newspapers. Photographs were rare, color was nonexistent—and editorial cartoons weren’t on the editorial page. In fact, an editorial cartoon was often the paper’s most conspicuous item, usually appearing on the front page, above the fold. As Americans poured their first cup of coffee and sat down to breakfast or grabbed a copy of the newspaper on their way to work, their attention focused on the cartoon. The cartoon told a story—the background of a news item, the upshot of a political controversy, an economic or societal concern, or perhaps a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the fashions or entertainment of the day. The front-page cartoon was the window through which Americans looked at their world.

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