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Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Shoemaker, Vaughn, 1902-
Title: Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons
Inclusive Dates: 1956-1967
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Abstract: 30 original editorial cartoons by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Vaughn Shoemaker (1902-1991) was an American cartoonist. Shoemaker served as editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News from 1922-1952, where he created his famous character, John Q. Public. Also during his tenure with the Daily News, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice—once in 1938 for his cartoon "The Road Back", and again in 1947 for his cartoon "Still Racing His Shadow". Later in his career, Shoemaker worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago American and Chicago Today. Vaughn Shoemaker retired in 1972.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons collection contains 30 editorial cartoons published between the years 1956-1967. The cartoons cover a range of Cold War themes including the nuclear arms race, world communism, relations with the Soviet Union and Castro's Cuba. Shoemaker's signature John Q. Public character appears in several of the cartoons.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings


Shoemaker, Vaughn, 1902-


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Cold War -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
World politics -- Caricatures and cartoons.


United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vaughn Shoemaker, 1969.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MD
Date: 4 Nov 2008
Revision history: 4 Nov 2008 - converted to EAD (MD); 27 Jan 2009 - revised (MD)

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Editorial Cartoons (30 items)
(crayon, pen and ink on paper, approx. 13 ½ x 17 in.)
Box 1 "All in Favor Say, 'I'!" 1956
Box 1 "Annual Lip Service" 1961 Oct 18
Box 1 "Chef's Special - Russian Bear Steak" 1958
Box 1 "Election Year Chivalry" 1960 April 12
Box 1 "Good News for Vietnam, No Steel Strike!" 1965
Box 1 "Halftime" 1958
Box 1 "Hee, Hee, How You Doin' Comrades?" 1965
Box 1 "Highway Courtesy on the Road to Freedom" 1959
Box 1 "In This War, We Shoot First" 1961 Sept 18
Box 1 "Just Who's Side are We On" 1963
Box 1 "Keeping Our Powder Dry" 1966 Aug 18
Box 1 "Khrushchev's Chickens" 1961 June 15
Box 1 "Let's Start Being Careful What We Sow" 1966
Box 1 "Life of a Census Taker Wasn't Always So Complicated" 1960 Mar 29
Box 1 "New Jet Age" 1962 May 28
Box 1 "Notice Any Family Resemblance?" 1967
Box 1 "Praise Allah and Pass the Ammunition" 1958
Box 1 "68 Fashions?" 1967
Box 1 "Still Behind the Eight Ball" 1965
Box 1 "Temporarily Safe?" 1966
Box 1 "Those Golden Eggs" 1961 Jul 12
Box 1 "Those Macmillan-Kennedy Talks" 1962 April 25
Box 1 "Trick or Treat" 1961 Oct 18
Box 1 "The Trouble With Kittens - They Grow Up" 1967 Jul 14
Box 1 "Turning Up the Gas?" 1958 Jul 15
Box 1 "Uncle Gets Blamed for Everything" 1958
Box 1 "We Forget We were Kids Once" 1963 Oct 21
Box 1 "Will the Real Communist Please Stand Up" 1963 June 26
Box 1 "Won't Stay Buried" 1959 Oct 26
Box 1 "Yes, Past Time to Have It Out" 1961 April 5

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