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I have an original 1915 International News Service political newspaper cartoon by Winsor McCay that I found in my grandmother's attic several years ago. The cartoon is titled, "When Uncle Sam was Young" and shows a young Uncle Sam standing by George Washington who is sitting and is giving young Uncle Sam the following advice.
"I CANNOT RECOMMEND TO YOUR NOTICE MEASURES FOR THE FULLFILLMENT OF OUR DUTIES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, WITHOUT AGAIN PRESSING UPON YOU THE NECESSITY OF PLACING OURSELVES IN A CONDITION OF COMPLETE DEFENSE AND OF EXACTING FROM THEM THE FULLFILLMENT OF THEIR DUTIES TOWARDS US. YOU OUGHT NOT TO INDULGE A PERSUAION THAT CONTRARY TO THE ORDER OF HUMAN EVENTS THEY WILL FOREVER KEEP A DISTANCE THOSE PAINFUL APPEALS TO ARMS WITH WHICH THE HISTORY OF EVERY OTHER NATION ABOUNDS. THERE IS A RANK DUE TO YOU AMONG NATIOINS WHICH WILL BE WITHHELD, IF NOT ABSOLUTELY LOST BY THE REPUTATION OF WEAKNESS. IF WE DESIRE TO AVOID INSULT, WE MUST BE ABLE TO REPEL IT'. IF WE DESIRE TO SECURE PEACE, ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL INSRUMENTS OF OUR RISING PROSPERITY, IT MUST BE KNOWN THAT WE ARE AT ALL TIME READY FOR WAR." You will note that persuasion, nations and instruments are misspelled and the quotation marks are incorrect. Has anyone seen this before?
Thanks intended for providing like wonderful write-up.
Thanks for a wonderful article. For years I've looked with amazement and wonder at not just Nemo, but others from Popeye to Katzenjamer Kids to Popeye to many, many more. An entire American art form come and gone, largely unrecognized, awaiting to be discovered. I would urge readers to buy a book of these classics.
As you mentioned, it's absurd that quality, full-size, accurate, complete reprints of all of his works haven't been released in the golden period of reprints. Those would go a long way to attracting non-comics/animation fans.

At least Little Nemo In Slumberland got decent, semi-complete treatment. The reprints of his less significant works are abysmal.