Last December political cartoonist Andy Davey posted a modern-day caricature map that hearkens back to the eve of the First World War, when such “serio-comic” cartographic portraits were common, but fully up-to-date and relevant to the Trump-Putin era. [Maps on the Web]
New York Times graphics editor Tim Wallace stumbled across a 1908 Chicago Tribune cartoon by John T. McCutcheon that’s older than other examples of “perception-based” maps he was aware of.
(Though my previous entry contained a link to a 1922 McCutcheon cartoon, which only moves the clock back only 14 years.)
Three years ago, the Newberry Library posted a note about a 1922 cartoon from the Chicago Tribune: “The New Yorker’s Idea of the Map of the United States” by John T. McCutcheon bears a strong resemblance to Saul Steinberg’s famous 29 March 1976 New Yorker cover, whose inspiration is often traced to Daniel K. Wallingford’s A New Yorker’s Idea of the United States (1937). See the gallery below.
John T. McCutcheon, The New Yorker’s Idea of the Map of the United States, 1922. Newberry Library.
Saul Steinberg, cover for The New Yorker, 29 March 1976.
Daniel K. Wallingford, A New Yorker’s Idea of the United States of America, 1937. David Rumsey Map Collection.