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The Rival Buses. English cartoon by Ernest Howard Shepard from Punch, 1947, caricaturing U. S. President Harry Truman (left) and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as rival bus drivers competing for passengers in central and southeastern Europe

The Rival Buses. English cartoon by Ernest Howard Shepard from Punch, 1947, caricaturing U. S. President Harry Truman (left) and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as rival bus drivers competing for passengers in central and southeastern Europe


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The Rival Buses. English cartoon by Ernest Howard Shepard from Punch, 1947, caricaturing U. S. President Harry Truman (left) and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as rival bus drivers competing for passengers in central and southeastern Europe

COLD WAR: BALKANS, 1947.
The Rival Buses. English cartoon by Ernest Howard Shepard from Punch, 1947, caricaturing U.S. President Harry Truman (left) and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as rival bus drivers competing for passengers in central and southeastern Europe

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1947 Austria Balkan Bulgaria Caricature Cold War D River Dictator Diplomacy Ernest Greece Harry Howard Hungary Joseph Passenger Political Punch Pushing Rival Russian Satirical Shepard Soviet Stalin Suitcase Truman Turkey Presidency


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The Rival Buses

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is a captivating English cartoon by Ernest Howard Shepard from Punch, dating back to 1947. This satirical masterpiece brilliantly captures the essence of the Cold War era, with U. S. President Harry Truman and Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin depicted as rival bus drivers vying for passengers in central and southeastern Europe. The image showcases Truman on the left side, representing American interests, while Stalin stands opposite him as the embodiment of Russian power. Both leaders are shown pushing their respective buses through countries like Hungary, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey – symbolizing their political influence in these regions during that time. Shepard's caricature cleverly portrays Truman carrying an American suitcase labeled "diplomacy" signifying his efforts to win over European nations to America's side. On the other hand, Stalin appears determined and resolute behind his wheel as he competes for control over these territories. This thought-provoking artwork not only highlights the intense rivalry between two superpowers but also serves as a commentary on how their actions impacted smaller nations caught in this geopolitical struggle. It reflects upon themes such as power dynamics and competition for dominance during this tumultuous period in history. "The Rival Buses" remains an iconic representation of mid-20th-century politics and continues to be relevant today due to its timeless message about international relations.

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