Caricatures and cartoons
have existed in a variety of formats for decades and offer a glimpse into the
art and humor of yesteryear. The Library of Congress's Swann Collection of
Caricature and Cartoon contains over 2,000 works of art spanning three centuries.
Over 750 of these items have been digitized and made available on the LOC's
website. Visitors can browse this collection by date, location, contributor, or
subject (including editorial cartoons, periodical illustrations, and
caricatures). A few of the (many) highlights in this eclectic collection
include: "A Corporation Meeting," a 1790 piece by British cartoonist
G.M. Woodward that pokes fun at a municipal meeting; Otto Lang's vivid
"The Country Store," which the artist created with India ink and
watercolor around the turn of the twentieth century; and a 1932 caricature by
painter Miguel Covarrubias that imagines a meeting between John Rockefeller Sr.
and Josef Stalin