This collection consists of "Norman" cartoons from 1917-1923, specifically focusing on the modernizing of Magazine Beach in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1917, the Cambridge city government began talks to build a new bridge connecting Cambridge to Brookline, which would be built over the Charles River and right through Magazine Beach, a popular playground for children. Many opposed the bridge, as depicted in these cartoons, originally printed in the Boston Post. Despite public opinion, the Cottage Farm Bridge was built in 1928 and has since been renamed the Boston University Bridge. These cartoons additionally highlight public concerns over the outdated buildings and amenities present on Magazine Beach.
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William Norman Ritchie, known for signing his work simply as "Norman," was a political cartoonist throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On July 16, 1892, he began working at the Boston Post, one of the most popular New England publications during this time period, where he stayed for over fifty years. His work was nationally celebrated for bringing humor to the political climate in the United States. Before shifting his focus to politics, he was well known for his coverage of murder trials such as the Lizzie Borden case in 1893. Throughout his lifetime, he became well versed in politics and was often approached for advice by local politicians. He was a close friend of former President Theodore Roosevelt and was acquaintances with former President Calvin Coolidge. Although many politicans were often the subject of his cartoons, many respected and admired his work at the Post.
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