Among the ranks of political cartoonists in the first half of the twentieth century, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling certainly ranks near the top. As a young man, he started drawing cartoons for the Sioux City Journal and then spent periods of time at the New York Globe, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Des Moines Register. He won two Pulitzer Prizes during his career, and he was also instrumental in the early days of the conservation movement. As part of this work, he helped establish the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in Florida in 1945. His work is held in the Cowles Library's Special Collections at Drake University, and this rather engaging digital archive contains over 5000 of his cartoons. First-time visitors can get started by browsing the collection by decade, and after a look around they may wish to use the search engine to look for specific topical illustrations. The "Advanced Search" area is quite advanced indeed, and visitors can search the text of cartoons, or look around by place name, people, year, subject terms, or events, such as the Battle of Britain or Thanksgiving.
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