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Gold Rush cartoons and comics
California Gold Rush Comic Strip Storyboard by r_guzman17
GOLD RUSH COMIC STRIP ACTIVITY!!! FUN, ENGAGING, INTERACTIVE
The gold mania of and inspired a number of satirical cartoons such as this comical print. The gold hunter is loaded down with every conceivable appliance much of which would be useless in California. The prospector wryly states: "I am sorry I did not follow the advice of Granny and go around the Horn, through the Straights, or by Chagres [Panama]. The caption for this humorous drawing reads: "An accurate drawing of the famous hill of gold, which has been put into a scow by the owner, and attached to a Sperm Whale who is now engaged in towing it around the Horn for New York. The subtitle of this humorous work reads: "Fun from the Hatlantic to the Specific Oceans.
It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books. There is something funny about the California Gold Rush. The sequence of events, real though they are, have all the makings of a tall tale — or a grim joke.