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This broadside by John W. Barber, “The Drunkard’s Progress, or the Direct Road to Poverty, Wretchedness & Ruin,” was created in 1826 to be displayed in homes, shops, and public spaces to remind people about the dangers of drinking.
In the years leading up to the American Revolution, both the British and the colonists used broadsides to influence public opinion. This broadside, “The Bostonian’s Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring & Feathering,” printed in London in 1774, is a British depiction of the Bostonians’ treatment of a British customs officer, John Malcom.
Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) worked for the US government during World War II designing posters such as this one, encouraging patriotism and investment.
These cartoons illustrate the growing hostility toward the practices of big business.