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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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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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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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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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