Cartoon Articles Archive

The Time Has Come
This cartoon appeared in the Winter 1963 issue of Junior Farmer and 4-H Quarterly. It depicts examples of young women coming up with ideas to streamline and spice up their Junior Farmer annual meeting. It’s purpose was to encourage Junior Farmers to “Keep up to date with new ideas.” Ironically, this idea was not new to the Junior Farmers or 4-H Clubs, which were originally founded to make sure that their parent’s farms and local communities were doing just...
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Kin I Sow Oats
This cartoon originally appeared in the May 1934 issue of The Farmer. It was intended to be a humorous satire of the proposed National Products Marketing Act, which was introduced that year by R.B. Bennett’s Conservative government to help farmers suffering through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The Farmer and many actual farmers in Canada feared that such a move was a prelude to a comprehensive “controlled production” program that would dictate what crops farmers...
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Eat More
This cartoon appeared in the September 13, 1924 issue of the Canadian Countryman. It was intended to be a humorous take on the Canadian government’s nutritional policy, which often took the form of public information campaigns urging citizens to “Eat More” foods with high nutritional value. These public health campaigns took place in the context of vitamins research during the interwar years which increasingly linked vitamin deficiencies with various diseases such as...
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Jupe Pluvius
This cartoon appeared in the March 1955 issue of Better Farming Magazine. It depicts Jupe Pluvius - a shorthand name for the Roman God Jupiter, the “Rain Giver” - sleeping on the job. It refers to him as the “old Hired Hand” who can’t be depended on as reliably as a mechanical sprinkler system in watering crops. This cartoon is indicative of the great changes and improvements that technological progress brought to farming, particularly in the Post-War period....
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Ada the Ayrshire
This cartoon appeared in the February 1955 edition of Better Farming magazine. It was drawn by the cartoonist Walt Wetterberg who made a career using humour and cartoons to capture many aspects of farm life. ‘Ada the Ayrshire’ was one of his earliest and most popular characters, and the title-character of the two collections of his works. His work would become most widely known ten years after this cartoon appeared in Better Farming when he started working on the comic strip Out...
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