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Ben Strange Cartoon Collection

About This Collection

Ben Strange was Western Australia's most popular political cartoonist between 1900 and 1930. His cartoons, which appeared in the Western Mail, covered everything from local issues and politics through to international events including the First World War. This is a collection of both printed cartoons and original drawings by Ben Strange and provide an insight into what issues and stories were of interest and importance to the Western Australian community in the early 1900s. His most famous cartoon 'East is East and West is West' published in 1918 and commenting on the recent referendum on conscription was reprinted around the world.

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Cartoon of President Woodrow Wilson in a ballet tutu. He is holding a dove in each hand. In the background is the figure of Uncle Sam looking at the President in a disapproving way.
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