By Tony Langley
Lustige Blätter ("comic pages") was a satirical weekly published in Berlin that featured artwork by some of accomplished commercial artists of the day. The content of these satirical pages could be pro-military, anti-Allied, just plain social commentary, or something charming and saccharine.
In the images on this page, there are sniveling Allied generals and politicians, a commentary about the the Central Powers at long last turning John Bull into a mummy; a sentimental cartoon of German guards on the Belgian-Dutch border flirting with some improbable Dutch maidens anachronistically dressed as in the cheapest postcard; and a rather vicious caricature of President Wilson speaking with a serpent's "forked tongue."
It was a quality publication, featuring many full color pages. Lustige Blätter was similar to the cultural magazine Jugend published in Munich, though Jugend was more artistically inclined in its content.
Is there a print or digital edition of this? preferably with some English language commentary?ReplyDelete
Don't know of any with English language commentary, but the University of Heidelberg has it scanned at http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/lb.Delete
The only archive online features all the issues but no English language. Try and read with a dictionary, which is how i have managed myself.Delete
Thank you, Jonathan. That's a rich archive.ReplyDelete