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Now Debts Belong to the Ages

Creator:
Lloyd Ostendorf
Location:
Dayton, Ohio
Origin Date:
1965
Materials:
paper, pen and ink
Measurements:
overall: 14 in x 11 1/4 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0658
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This drawing is a political cartoon published in the February 12, 1965, issue of the Dayton, Ohio, Journal Herald. President Lyndon B. Johnson is depicted driving a rickety horse-drawn covered wagon filled with sacks and barrels down a dirt road. The tarp over the wagon is labeled "To the Great Society (or Bust)". There are signs on the side of the road--one leading to "Government Spending" and the other to "The Old Way--Root Hog or Die." Johnson follows the "Government Spending" sign which is notably newer and more attractive than "The Old Way" sign, which is broken and covered with cobwebs. Johnson's happily naive expression gives the impression that he may not know exactly where he is headed. Above this scene, an apparition of President Abraham Lincoln's face appears in the clouds. Lincoln's expression is one of horror as he observes Johnson's course of action below. The artist signed his name and the year in the bottom right corner of the drawing. The title is handwritten in blue pencil in the upper left corner. "592" is handwritten in pencil in the bottom right corner. A sticker pasted to the reverse gives the cartoon's publication information. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum