Lot 186 of 435:
Cartoons promoting prohibition in Oregon, 1910  

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Two original political cartoons in support of prohibition, plus another unrelated cartoon

Bingham, George Ernest






  • "They Are Off" - cartoon showing hornets emerging from an Oregon hive, chasing after and stinging a man labeled "Saloon Interests". 35.5x25.5 cm. Signed by Bingham.
  • "The Liquor Traffic His Web" - cartoon depicting a spider at the center of a well labeled "the Greater Oregon Home Rule Association Web," in which is caught a fly labeled "Voter Misinformed." 36.5x57.5 cm.
  • Drawing, perhaps for an advertisement, "'Strength and Protection.' Western Union Life."19x17 cm. Signed by Bingham.

Pen-&-ink drawings on thin card stock.

George Ernest Bingham (1884-1957) was a student in the first class of the Portland Museum Art School in 1910, and was a member of two early art groups in Portland, The Society of Oregon Artists and The Mutual Art Association. The cartoons were created for a prohibition campaign in 1910, when the Oregon Prohibition of Liquor Bill, a.k.a. Measure 23, was on the ballot as an initiated state statute, but was defeated. The measure would have prohibited and suppressed the production, sale, exchange and possession of intoxicating liquors in Oregon. The Greater Oregon Home Rule Association, mentioned in the spider cartoon, opposed statewide prohibition.

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