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Cartoon, His Masters Voice, WW1

Cartoon, His Masters Voice, WW1


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Cartoon, His Masters Voice, WW1

Cartoon, His Masters Voice, showing Kaiser Wilhelm as a German dachshund looking back at a British bulldog inside the amplifier of a wind-up gramophone, during the early stages of the First World War. The dachshund says: I thought you were only a contemptible little talking machine. Date: October 1914

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Amplifier Bull Bulldog Dachshund Gramophone Kaiser Master Patriotic Patriotism Player Record Recording Satire Satirical Speaker Talking Technology Voice Wilhelm Wind


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His Masters Voice: A Satirical Take on the Early Stages of World War I This cartoon, titled "His Masters Voice," dates back to October 1914, and offers a humorous yet insightful commentary on the escalating tensions between Germany and Britain during the early stages of the First World War. The image features Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany depicted as a dachshund, with a surprised expression as he looks back at a British bulldog inside the amplifier of a wind-up gramophone. The bulldog, representing Britain, wears a helmet and a patriotic emblem, while the dachshund, symbolizing Germany, is seen with a German military helmet and a smug expression. The title of the cartoon is a reference to the popular record label, "His Master's Voice," which featured a dog listening intently to a gramophone. In this satirical rendition, the roles are reversed, with the German dachshund acting as the master, and the British bulldog as the recording. The use of animals as political caricatures was a common tactic during this period, allowing for a subtle yet effective commentary on the political climate. The wind-up gramophone serves as a symbol of the technological advancements of the time, with the recording of the British bulldog's voice representing the perceived power and dominance of the British Empire. The dachshund's surprise at discovering that the British bulldog was more than just a 'contemptible little talking machine' reflects the shifting dynamics of the war and the realization that the conflict would be more complex and protracted than initially anticipated. This satirical cartoon offers a unique perspective on the early stages of World War I, highlighting the role of technology, patriotism, and the unexpected twists and turns of history. The image remains a powerful reminder of the complexities and nuances of the past, and the importance of maintaining a critical and nuanced perspective on current events.

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