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A Rose by Any Other Name
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36.5 x 29 cm
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Original two-panel political/editorial cartoon, 1947, by American editorial cartoonist Max P. Milians (1908-2005), probably for the Jewish Standard, with which he was associated for most of his life, although his work was also syndicated across America from the 1930s to the 1970s. Milians signed his cartoons with nine zeros as a punning underline. The cartoon has President Harry Truman turning his nose up at the proposed labor law submitted in 1947 by two Republicans, Senator Robert A. Taft and Congressman Fred A. Hartley, which would severely curtail the power of trade unions, e.g. by limiting their right to call strikes. The lower panel seems to suggest that once the name of the bill was changed to ‘Administration Labor Law’ it would be acceptable to Truman. It was in fact officially titled the Labor Management Relations Act, and Truman disliked it so much he vetoed the bill, although this was in turn overridden by a large Congress majority and the bill became law, and is still in force today. Produced in ink and crayon over graphite on textured card; image area 31 x 25.5 cm, card size 36.5 x 29 cm. Title in pencil in upper margin. Signed lower right. Some light soiling, otherwise in very good condition