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Group of 23 pen-and-ink satirical cartoons relating to training camp life during the First World War
1 Group of 23 pen-and-ink satirical cartoons relating to training camp life during the First World War
1917 or 1918 NA Very Good 
The illustrations are done by a confident, proficient hand, with a balance of economy and detail. We assume an amateur did these drawings, but they could certainly pass for the work of a professional. The piquancy of the humor is somewhat blunted by our not knowing the officers who are being lampooned, but we can still appreciate the intended gentle levity and esprit, and additionally, the snapshots into the past. While the drawings are cartoons, the people depicted are recognizable types, and the imagery is generally vivid. Here one would scarcely have a sense of the perils that lie ahead for the recruits, and pranks, minor infractions and all around high jinks are very much the rule. The cards generally measure 112 by 138 mm, oblong, (a few are slightly smaller) and they were once mounted in an album, as evidenced by the abrasion the the center of each card's back. The cards are of a heavy stock, with ruled borders and a band of blindstamped veined lines providing something of a frame to each of the images. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Satan Abdicates in Favor of Wilhelm.  From the Cradle to the Mad House.  The Boa Constrictor of Modern Times.  Walk with Me Through the Valley of Death.  God Deliver Us from Premature Peace, Syberkrop, Louis
2 Syberkrop, Louis Satan Abdicates in Favor of Wilhelm. From the Cradle to the Mad House. The Boa Constrictor of Modern Times. Walk with Me Through the Valley of Death. God Deliver Us from Premature Peace
Des Moines, Iowa Louis Syberkrop 1918 Louis Syberkrop Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 15 by 23 cm. 31 pp. A screed against Wilhelm II by an impassioned Midwesterner. Starts with a slanted but recognizable brief history of German militarism from Frederick the Great to the First World War, and a dissection of the psyche of Kaiser Wilhelm -- his religiousity, his worship of Frederick the Great, his pontifications, his wildly contradictory pronouncements, etc. Following comes more imaginative pieces, such as a letter from Satan in which the devil expresses obeisance to Wilhelm, and then a polemic likening Wilhelm and Germany to a boa constrictor. The final piece in the publication is a series of damning quotes by the Kaiser over the years, all of which are meant to reveal his blatant hypocrisies and convict him for his martial actions by using his own words against himself. This self-published brochure perfectly reflects the strong jingoistic and anti-German strain in America at the onset of the American entry into the First World War. Scarce, with only a single copy found on OCLC First Search, and that copy, curiously in a French Library (Nanterre). Not without interest is a long note dated Oct. 28th 1926 written in long-hand by someone to whom Syberkrop apparently gave a copy of this. The note fills the entire first blank. This unknown recipient describes Syberkrop as "about the most intelligent person in Miami" and having "some good practical experience with Spiritualism . . . " and with original ideas on the subconscious, the latter topic not inconsequential in this particular screed. Then the note's writer speaks of Syberkrop's preparedness to take his own life when feeling old and useless and how a doctor gave him "stuff" marked "FINAL" on the bottle to accomplish this end. Yet another point mentioned is how Syberkrop, who would seem to have aspired to be a mouthpiece for American anti-German propaganda when this booklet was issued, decried the materialism of Americans. Moderate wear to the wraps. 
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