Campaign speeches are useful, at that

Campaign speeches are useful, at that

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Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink comic art drawing by Rube Goldberg from 1924 features the concept of using “windy” political speeches as free energy.
Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an engineer before he was a comic artist. After receiving an engineering degree, he started his career designing sewers for the City of San Francisco, but then followed his other interest and took a job as a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. After moving to New York in 1907 Goldberg worked for several newspapers, producing a number of short-lived strips and panels—many of which were inspired by his engineering background, including his renowned invention cartoons. In the late 1930s and 1940s he switched his focus to editorial and political cartoons and in 1945 founded the National Cartoonists Society. The Reuben, comic art’s most prestigious award, is named after him.
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drawing; Pen and Ink
date made
original artist
Goldberg, Rube
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 17.2 cm x 53.8 cm; 6 3/4 in x 21 3/16 in
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Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY
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