Comics of War. Hello Buddy. Facts of Service. Remember the Unemployed War Veterans… [caption title].
C. 1931 mendicant pamphlet sold during the Great Depression by unemployed war veterans or disable servicemen.
Mendicant pamphlet sold during the Great Depression by unemployed or disabled ex-military or naval servicemen.
The text consists of humorous military and civilian anecdotes and poetry interspersed with comic illustrations. The cover of the pamphlet offers “‘Seasons Greetings’” and features Uncle Sam, Santa Claus (whose gift sack reads “For the Boys!”), Pilgrims and a plump Thanksgiving turkey along with a poignant holiday message:
Don’t forget him! Sold by Unemployed or Disabled Ex-Service Men. Credentials Shown on Request.
The pamphlet’s humor is interrupted toward the end by a serious message about labor and the industrial life of post-World War I America struggling with the effects of the Great Depression:
There is practically nothing worse than being out of a job. And the men who are suffering the worst for want of employment are the veterans of this country. This is not due to any unusual circumstance. It is the natural course of events under the present regime of the efficiency expert. This so-called “expert” is demanding faster and faster production, which carries with it bigger and bigger dividends. Conditions in the industrial life of the country have shown a great change during the years since the men of the Spanish War and the World War were mustered out of service and returned home to resume their civilian activities.
An interesting mix of patriotism, humor, and holiday cheer tempered by the realities of economic hardship and unemployment for veterans. Further an interesting juxtaposition of the idea of “comics” and military humor.
Description: Comics of War. Hello Buddy. Facts of Service. Remember the Unemployed War Veterans… [caption title].
[New York: A. W. Bryce (1931)]. pp. Pamphlet. 5¾ x 4¼ inches. Color printed wrappers; staple bound. Minor wear, creasing, and small loss to upper wrapper; vertical center fold line; very good.
Apparently unlisted on OCLC, but variant editions, of different dates, some with different paginations and/or varying text to front wrap, etc., are seen.