Readers of my other blog about Ohio State’s Manga collection know that we have a large collection of Jiji Manga 時事漫画, published 1921~1931, in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Together with a graduate student assistant, Hyejeong Choi, and other student assistants, I have been working on an index to the issues as part of a wiki project which we call: The Jiji Manga Wiki.
Today we were looking at No. 244, published on December 21, 1925. The full newspaper-sized political cartoon by Kitazawa Rakuten 北澤楽天 (1876-1955) shows a puzzled Santa Claus, wondering how he can possibly fill his bag with the presents that people are requesting. Continue reading