Dating back to the days of Thomas Nast, editorial cartoonists have often been the individuals who have most accurately depicted (or parodied) the political climate and culture of the United States. This recent online collection from the Digital Library of Georgia pays tribute to one of their own, Clifford "Baldy" Baldowski, who spent most of his career drawing editorial cartoons for the Atlanta Constitution. Baldowski was born in 1917 in Augusta, and after a career as a navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he joined the Augusta Chronicle as a part-time cartoonist. In 1950, he joined the editorial department of the Atlanta Constitution, where he remained until he retired in 1983. Baldowski received numerous accolades during his career, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his 1964 cartoon, Goldwaterloo, which commented on the presidential campaign of US Senator Barry Goldwater. This cartoon, along with approximately 2500 others, may be viewed at this site. Users may utilize the embedded search engine to browse by keywords.
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