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Visit the Old State Capitol exhibit, “Running for Election: Candidates, Campaigns, and Cartoons by Clifford Berryman,” and your eyes will automatically be drawn to the elephant on the golf course, not to mention the donkey with its own golf club. behind a bunker.

A sample of the “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman” exhibit at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol. Staff video by Robin Miller


Golf.

It is not only the game of kings but the favorite sport of American politicians.






In Clifford Berryman’s ‘Golf Session’, the Republicans aren’t the only party to succumb to division in a primary season – the Democrats faced the same problem in the 1924 presidential election. The cartoon editorial featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” runs through Sunday, July 3 at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




And this is nothing new. Clifford Berryman’s early 20th century editorial cartoons are proof of this.

It’s all there in black and white on a printed page. This is how people got their news in the early 20th century, when smartphones, virtual reality devices, and the metaverse were non-existent.

And that is how Berryman communicated his satire depicting the absurdity of American politics, which is not much different from the politics of 2022.







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When Clifford Berryman’s 1919 cartoon “The Fishin’ Season” was published, the 1920 presidential election was nearly a year and a half away. There were no clear favorites and both major parties needed a campaign platform. Berryman’s editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




Political divisions, courting taxpayers with election promises and, yes, golf, were as much a part of the political landscape as they are today. The only difference, it seems, is the lack of social media to exacerbate it.

Yet politics was a hot topic, especially around election time, which is the focus of this traveling exhibit organized by Humanities Texas.

The show runs until Monday, July 3. It was created by the National Archives with support from the National Archives Foundation, which published a book of Berryman cartoons with an introduction by American senses Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.







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Clifford Berryman often drew cartoons that showed the anxieties of candidates on the eve of important elections. In “How They Act – and How They Feel”, it shows the three presidential candidates on the eve of the controversial 1912 election: former President Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and President William Howard Taft. Berryman’s editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




The union of Republican and Democrat was surely symbolic in the writing of the piece, but the cartoons that follow — most of which are on display in the Old State Capitol show — paint a different story during election cycles.

“What I love most about this exhibit is that there is so much that we recognize in it today,” said Lauren Davis, curator of the museums division of the Secretary of State for the Louisiana. “Things haven’t necessarily changed between then and now. You look at some of these cartoons and you see the politicians who are already campaigning for the next election once they’re in power when they’re supposed to help their constituents.”







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Self-Portrait of Clifford Berryman. Berryman was chief cartoonist for the Washington Post from 1891 to 1907, when he later became the front-page cartoonist of the Washington Evening Star until his death in 1949. The Star was the most widely read newspaper in Washington in that time. Berryman’s editorial cartoons are featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3 at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




Berryman seemed to have a keen sense of the nature of politicians and government officials. He became chief cartoonist of the Washington Post in 1891, then left it in 1907 to become the front-page cartoonist of the Washington Evening Star until his death in 1949. The Star was the most read newspaper in Washington at that time.

Berryman is also credited with bringing the enduring symbol of the teddy bear into American consciousness in 1902. This happened when President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an old bear on a hunting trip, prompting critics to portray the mighty hunter as a softy.







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Clifford Berryman is credited with bringing the enduring symbol of the teddy bear into American consciousness in 1902. President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot an old bear while on a hunting trip. In his designs, Berryman transformed the old bear into a cute “teddy bear” named after its president. The bear gave rise to the popular teddy bear, and Berryman used it to represent his own point of view. The cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3 at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




In his designs, Berryman transformed the old bear into a cute “teddy bear” named after the president, resulting in the popular teddy bear.

But Berryman ultimately used the bear to represent his own point of view, allowing readers to look at the situation through his eyes.

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“What I love about Clifford Berryman is that he used all these cute little symbols to represent different things in his cartoons,” Davis said. “They were mostly animals.”

It’s true. Along with the bear, the bee also played a major role, representing political aspirations as the “buzz” in a politician’s ear.







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“Ain’t Politics Great?” by Clifford Berryman was published on October 18, 1924, with the presidential and legislative elections just two weeks away. Politicians from all parties began promising tax cuts to woo voters. In this cartoon, ‘Mr. Tax Payer’ relishes the attention, but he knows it’s just politics at work. Berryman’s editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




Of course, the donkey is always the Democrat and the elephant the Republican. Berryman also used an elderly lady he called Miss Democracy to personify the voice, will, and mood of the American people, and his depiction of Uncle Sam has always represented the United States.

One of Davis’s favorite Berryman cartoons is titled “The Post-Season Parade,” highlighting the biennial departure of members of Congress’ “lame duck” leaving Capitol Hill after losing re-election.

“Ducks are marching in this parade, and they’re all beaten up and on crutches after leaving Congress,” Davis said. “It really tells a great story.”







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In “The Post-Season Parade,” Clifford Berryman sheds light on the biennial departure of “lame” members of Congress – those who leave Capitol Hill after losing re-election. Berryman’s editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




Yet another cartoon panel shows a costumed elephant and donkey leaving Washington after the last session of Congress. This one, titled ‘They Won’t Agree on Anything’, shows how the achievements and disappointments that occur during one term impact future elections.







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Clifford Berryman’s “They Won’t Agree on Anything” shows how the accomplishments and disappointments that occur during one term impact future elections. The editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




Then there’s Berryman’s cartoon, “Ain’t Politics Grand?” which was released on October 18, 1924, with presidential and legislative elections just two weeks away. It shows how politicians of all parties started promising tax cuts to woo voters.

In this cartoon, as in every American political cycle over the years, the main character, “Mr. Tax Payer,” revels in the attention, but he knows it’s just politics at work.

And since the exhibit focuses on campaigns and elections, the cartoons are divided into sections that focus on particular aspects of the subject such as ‘Throwing Your Hat in the Ring’, ‘Narrowing the Field’ and ‘The Campaign’. .







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In “The Lady and the Tiger”, Clifford Berryman presents two big winners on Election Day 1917 in New York. New York voters passed a women’s suffrage amendment to the state constitution. On the same day, Democrat John F. Hylan defeated both Republican New York City Mayor John Purroy Mitchel and Socialist candidate Morris Hillquit. Berryman’s editorial cartoon is featured in “Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman,” which runs through Sunday, July 3, at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana.




So, you might be wondering, what does golf have to do with a presidential or congressional campaign? Well, according to Berryman, everything.

In his cartoon, “Golfing Session,” the elephant in golf attire stands with a club in his hands on the convention green, declaring, “I never left the fairway,” while the donkey hides behind “the bitter contest bunker” with his golf club.

Here, Berryman shows how the Republicans weren’t the only party to succumb to division in a primary season — the Democrats faced the same problem in the 1924 presidential election.

And in the end, it’s just politics – and golf – as usual, proving that even after a century, Berryman’s insight continues to stand the test of time.

Running for Election: Candidates, Campaigns, and Cartoons by Clifford Berryman

WHAT: A traveling exhibit organized by Humanities Texas and created by the National Archives with support from the National Archives Foundation.

WHEN: Until Sunday July 3. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

ADMISSION: Free.

INFORMATION: Call (225) 342-0500 or visit louisianaoldstatecapitol.org.

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