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Jan. 5th, 2012 | 07:54 pm

While looking though The Boston Public Library's Flickr account, I found this picture, and decided to share with you all the reasons I find it funny. Just for fun. I see a lot of these sorts of pictures! Everything is symbolic sure, but let's do this anyway.




OK:
The title is "News from America, or the patriots in the dumps", so if you were wondering how old the phrase "in the dumps" is, the answer is At Least 1776 Old.

The summary reads, "Lord North shows a letter from General Howe, whose victory at Long Island had just recently been announced. A dowdy, bare-breasted woman with a liberty cap falls down weeping and American ships sink in the background."

Where to begin?


Who is this jolly fellow?? Why it's the Prime Minister, Lord Frederick North. He certainly looks a lot more jovial here than in his glum official portrait-

Though perhaps that was painted after his side had lost the Revolution.

Speaking of Prime Ministers, yes, we are in Britain! That is where this cartoon is taking place. The Brits have won a victory at Long Island and everyone has shown up at the Vague Town Steps to hear the news. And by everyone, of course I mean:


A bunch of Americans! Yes, they took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up on an English beach (damn this wartime geographic confusion!) just in time to have their noses shoved in the latest reports by the Prime Minister himself. Ho ho! They are displeased!

This person is especially displeased.


And what's this? Lady Liberty herself, sitting on the ground, tits out, weeping, too sad to even blow on her vuvuzela (remember those?). God it's like my prom all over again! But don't be too sad, American Liberty Woman, as Delacroix immortalized years later, if you're going to fight for Liberty, tits out is the way to go.


But let's look at the British folks gathered for the news.


Is that the king in the upper right corner? He's got that fishy-face weak-chinned Georgian King look. He's not gloating as much as the rest, he just bumped into everyone on his morning stroll. But here is what cannot be missed-

When, when is this gesture coming back as a big Fuck You? If someone did that to me I'd be confused but also sort of angry, like I know it's a dickish thing to gesture even though it's completely ridiculous.

And in the background, naturally,

A bunch of American ships are, first of all, there (what?) and second of all, sinking. Probably because they were foolish enough to sail to England! But also possibly because of those icebergs.

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like jazz on a summer's day

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from: thrives
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
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The saddest boobs.

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killer_spoons

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from: killer_spoons
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
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Hard to say, I've seen a lot of sad-boobs.


http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com

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Elanya

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from: elanya
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
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This just made my day! <3

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Tokai

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from: queenalex
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the chap behind Lord North is stealing his wallet. Or maybe pooping.

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aelibia

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from: aelibia
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
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I like the half-formed heads in the VERY background. They're so angry they're poorly drawn!

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hosekisama

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from: hosekisama
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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I really enjoyed this post! It'd be great if you did funny historical document analysis more often; your breezy writing style lends itself to informative but not overbearing prose.

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The boss of TigerBot Hesh

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from: cassielsander
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Exactly this.

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Philip

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from: philaros
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
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Those "icebergs" are perhaps supposed to be the White Cliffs of Dover Long Island, where the naval battle was won. 'Cause everyone knows that Long Island is ringed by cliffs. Just like Dover.

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KBR

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from: gezellig_girl
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
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Man, if "if you're going to fight for Liberty, tits out is the way to go" doesn't belong on an embroidered pillow, I don't know what DOES.

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Fumu

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from: foolish_m0rtal
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
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Tits-First Lady Liberty seems to be a meme here. Maybe this is how rebellions are won. "Tits out, gents. We're fighting for freedom."

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ASH

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from: galerian_ash
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the laugh!

I must say, the artist did a pretty good job on capturing Lord North's likeness. My favorite, however, is the guy standing in the shadows behind him -- with his dashing hat(?) all crooked, like a true rake. Love him!

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Cate

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from: sheafrotherdon
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
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The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught - by Paul Revere, 1773. (Digital copy available at the National Archives website). Check out the pesky merchant looking up America's skirt while the French and Spanish look on and Britannia facepalms.

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A Goat with a Warning

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from: meleth
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
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This picture is amazing.

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Duncan

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from: dunco
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
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You have the best historical art analysis. Also, "tits out" made me laugh far more than it should. I blame becoming acquainted with the phrase "tits up" earlier today as a Briticism for "broken." I'm in England studying abroad and this kind of silly phraseology that we can exchange is priceless.

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still waters run deep

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from: sfaith
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
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God it's like my prom all over again!

BWAHAHA. I almost spit out my tea onto my computer.

American Liberty Woman, as Delacroix immortalized years later

Well, 'cept she's French Liberty Woman... :-)

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Hark!  A Vagrant

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from: beatonna
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
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well, yes, I don't think I indicated she was otherwise!

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Marvin Choi

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from: Marvin Choi
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
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Many, Lady Liberty loves showin' off them tits.

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crabofdoom

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from: crabofdoom
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
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Um... in the tits-out painting, why has someone stolen a fallen solider's pants?! I see bush. This is most undignified.

edit: and the live guy farthest to the left is checking out said fallen soldier's exposed crotch. WHAT THE HELL, DELACROIX.

Edited at 2012-01-06 02:00 am (UTC)

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The Cynical Romantic

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from: agentclaudia
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
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...I HAD NEVER NOTICED THAT BEFORE

OMFG

I am so skeeved out now. o.O

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tamago

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from: tamago
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
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Let's all go Tits Out For Liberty! Can't you see the campaign posters?

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breltard95

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from: breltard95
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
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I'll buy the T-shirt!

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louise danger

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from: alethiometric
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
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The thing on the end of Liberty's "vuvuzela" (I'm really not sure what the horn/staff itself is) is a liberty cap! They've been around since Roman (or maybe pre-Roman?) times and they're this great symbol of freedom that skateboarding hooligans subverted for their own nefarious purposes after the Masons subverted it first.

Liberty caps are everywhere!

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Sarah

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from: r05km
date: Jan. 7th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Also the other name for magic mushrooms, which are also nipple shaped.

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A Goat with a Warning

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from: meleth
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
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While discussing this post on Facebook with my college 18th-c. lit professor, I just used the phrase "the infinite complexities of boobies." Does this make me a real grownup?

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that crazy jew

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from: fujiappletan
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
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LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED

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♬ 謝健新 in B♯ Major

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from: graphite
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
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I just want to know what Lord North's outrageous bodily proportions symbolize!

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nude on the moon

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from: brandywine28
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
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None of the Georgian kings had chins. Maybe that's why they felt they had so much to prove.

I'm just throwing that theory out there...

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Motto Place Holder

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from: rohmie
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
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The colonists had sympathizers in Parliament. But none of these unhappy fellows look like Charles James Fox or anyone I recognize. Fox was the slightly tubby fellow in The Madness of King George who wanted to dump the monarchy. Early on in the film, he asks, "If a few ramshackle colonists in America can send him packing, why can't we?"

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Motto Place Holder

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from: rohmie
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
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Needless to say, I did a Google image search for Charles James Fox just after posting this.

Edited at 2012-01-06 04:42 am (UTC)

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Lisa

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from: taeha
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
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"tits out is the way to go."

Oh Kate, I love you so much.

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SQUEEE!!!

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from: drivebyluna
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
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You should do more posts like this :)

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Bier de Stone

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from: slavezombie
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
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I won't compliment ur charming wit. Would like to add though, your constructive criticism has helped me to reach the realization that I am a dolt calligrapher; thank god I haven't plunged into the college degree certificate project yet. I always knew that a cursive letter, previously thought to be "u", contained an open starting loop. I just couldn't remember if it was the "v" or the "u", so I've been writing parts of the "v" in my "u"'s, and never considered the reason for my confusion was that the double "u" has that same loop attributed to "v"'s. This really does mean a lot to me. And your quick wit made seeing my mistake so much more pleasant than looking up the alphabet on a cheat sheet of Spencerian font faces.

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breltard95

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from: breltard95
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
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The original draft for the Statue of Liberty probably had al fresco tits, but they were deemed to distracting for sailors trying to bring the ships into harbor.

We hold these boobs to be self-evident...

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The boss of TigerBot Hesh

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from: cassielsander
date: Jan. 6th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Mostly we just hold 'em.

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