Thursday, June 2, 2011

Uncle Sam Eats Cuba: A Political Cartoon Attributed to Jose Guadalupe Posada

During our research related to the documentary film about the collaboration between publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo and Jose Guadalupe Posada we have found a variety of political cartoons which although apparently unsigned have been attributed to Posada by several authors. In this image Tio Sam "aka" Uncle Sam is portrayed with an evil look in his eyes as he is about to devour a little head representing Cuba. We suspect the cartoon was made some time after 1898, post the Spanish - American War, when Cuba was newly under US military rule. We hope to find the original published source of the image and anyone reading this is welcomed to help! Note also that Mexico is also on the plate!