Thursday, October 24, 2013

What a difference a century makes

U.S. Steel in the news of late: US Steel new CEO expected to slash more costs. .... it has been for some time. Circa 1911: 

I still am dying to know the story behind the raccoon (it is a raccoon?), an editorial motif of the time.


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I'm guessing some kind of nod to rough-hewn and independent Appalachia. Davey Crockett. Woods-wise rascals. Some consider them varmints, but he's hanging out there with Mr. White Burgher in his fine ruffled shirt, smart shoes and stockings, and a hammer, presiding over many good jobs.

Friday, October 25, 2013 4:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The signature says "Shiras" I wonder if Lt. Briem could tell us which newspaper this is from.

The only Google image results link back to other postings on this blog, so would be interested to see if we can get a date and name of paper for this image.

Farrell headed US Steel from circa 1927 until 1932 but no Google News results for any speeches or proclamations by Farrell on US Steel committing to Pittsburgh, tho there are some nice news stories from that period of Farrell.

The Raccoon thing is a cute addition, maybe it was a Shiras motif in all his cartoons?

Friday, October 25, 2013 5:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

update! seems that Shiras is a "O.C. Shiras" for the old Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph. Would be nice if there was a collection someplace of his works, and Cy Hungerfords too!

Friday, October 25, 2013 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Friday, October 25, 2013 7:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool! Thanks CB! I see that O.C. Shiras did do Chronicle Telegraph things apparently in the early 1900s (A Theodore Roosevelt cartoon is on google).

I found this from around the same time:
Under "Browse this Newspaper"
Seems the Raccoon made an appearance even without "Pa Pitt", in the case above about geopolitics with Turkey. Might have just been a Shiras thing.

Friday, October 25, 2013 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

There are books of Cy Hungerford's works are there not?

Friday, October 25, 2013 8:39:00 PM  

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