Thursday, February 27, 2020

Smithsonian opens 2.8 million images online, some of which are cartoons

Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

The launch of a new open access platform ushers in a new era of accessibility for the Institution
February 25, 2020

So one might as well poke around right?

A quick search for cartoon shows over 100 images but a lot of them are cartoons in the classical sense of preparatory drawings. There are an original Winsor McCay, an original Thomas Nast (both in New York at the Cooper-Hewitt), lots of tearsheats of Nast and other cartoonists in the National Portrait Gallery, an original Oscar Cesare cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt in the Portrait Gallery, an 1812 original "John Bull Making a New Batch of Ships to Send to the Lake" in American Art and others.

Also of interest, but somewhat less useful is a list of websites generated in the same initial search. Most are for defunct exhibits and don't have any information beyond the basics left in them, although this one on Chuck Jones still has the press release.

Some other samples are

The Far Side of Science: Cartoons by Gary Larson April 9, 1987 – May 31, 1987

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