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Two Kinds of Leadership. . .

Lloyd Ostendorf
Ohio, Dayton
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paper, pen and ink
overall: 14 1/2 in x 11 1/2 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Fine Art


This drawing is a political cartoon featuring President Abraham Lincoln and Soviet politician Nikita Khrushchev, who is labeled "Mr. K". It was published in the Dayton, Ohio, Journal-Herald on February 12, 1962. Abraham Lincoln is depicted resting one hand on his hip and the other on the handle of a large axe. Written across the breast of his jacket is "The Rail-Splitter." There is a text box near his feet that reads "He held the nation together--destroyed slavery." Lincoln looks cooly to his left at Mr. K, whose jacket reads "The World-Splitter". Mr. K is depicted energetically jumping in the air, with one of his shoes in his right hand raised above his head, and the other hand holds a sickle that he uses to pierce a miniature globe. His hat is flying off of his head and his tie is knocked out of place as he leaps frenetically into the air, ripping the globe in two with his sickle. A text box next to him reads "He is splitting the world apart--enslaving nations!" The artist signed the drawing near the bottom edge towards the center along with the year. The year is also written in blue pencil in the bottom right corner. The title, "Two Kinds of Leadership," is written in blue pencil in the upper margin. Written above the title and crossed out is "The Rail-Splitter's Rival?" Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum