Political Cartoons, Do They Have Secret Meanings?

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics. Today is December 20th, 2007, I’m Melanie, and I am here to explain some secret meanings of the very popular in newspapers, political cartoons.

Political Cartoons are well, what they are! They are cartoons about current events in the world. Many artists draw insults to great leaders or dictators of other countries. At our future school, we learned about how to identify the secret meanings of these creative comics.

The first step in identifying the current event the comic relates to is to look at everything in the picture. Then think about what currently is happening in the world. Once you have done that, all you have to do is match up! Usually, these comics express the artists feelings about the events.

“I love to look at really old political cartoons, like ones from the World Wars. I just love to see what some of the sides the people took back then.” says Royce, a writer here at the Modern Typewriter.

Dr. Seuss was an artist of some of the political cartoons during World War 2. He drew very often. Here is a link to a website filled with his drawings. Over to the right is a drawing of a political cartoon that Dr. Seuss himself drew during World War two. First, you identify all that is in the picture, then you think about what is happening or what had happened, in this case, what happened. Then you connect. The meaning behind this picture is that the Nazis worked hard to take over other countries. And the United States did nothing to help. The United States resulted in isolation from the war. They decided it was a European problem, instead of an American problem. So it shows the bird as an American because of its hat, the known hat for July fourth. It is very patriotic. Anyway, they showed the patriotic bird turning its back to the Nazi bird with the little wristband, that is cutting down the tree. So that is a way to show that Dr. Seuss did not like the isolation that America did.

Do you have a question? A good website for political cartoons? Leave us a comment telling us! But for now, I’m Melanie, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

Picture Retrieved From: http://tinyurl.com/2hjh4z



  1. it’s cool to see what some people were thinking back then and how they creatively put it in cartoons!

  2. you don’t suck

  3. nice picture!!!!!!!!

  4. coolo person

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  7. Luv this!! it helped me soooo much on a report on political cartoons! you rock!

  8. thats ausome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. sweeetalicious !


  11. this helped me with a huge project that i am currently finishing up, i thank you for taking the time to do all this,

  12. moderntypewriter · · Reply

    No problem. We are just ecstatic to know that we help people with their projects. A few people have looked at the Modern Typewriter and have used the information for projects. This is what we’re here for!


  13. WolfSister · · Reply

    That’s just bad….


  15. daaniieeliithaa · · Reply

    hey its kool

  16. Its not just a bird its an ostrich. It symbolizes how ostriches put there head under the sand and ignore their surroundings. He is comparing the U.S to an ostrich for ignoring the rest of the world.

  17. ckfreeeeeeeeeeeee · · Reply

    thank you this really helped me for my us history class

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