Long before the anti Chinese demonstrations of the 1880s, there was a rise in anxiety and perplexity about Chinese immigration to the United States, as manifested by this amazing cartoon published in the Harper's Weekly of 1869 and called "the Chinese Puzzle".
Like Aladdin, Uncle Sam is taken back by the formidable "Genie" that came out of his lamp, not sure if this means help or threat.
The Genie in that case is a 19th Century Chinese giant with a Qing Dynasty queue, and the lamp, the boats that reach the coast of California to the left, and Oregon to the right.
A fantastic historical piece, with genuine artistic value, which gives the exact measure of the debate, 20 years before the actual massacres of Chinese workers in Oregon and Wyoming.
The cartoon will come with the other part of the Harper's page with details of subscriptions for 1869.
Originals documenting 19th Century anti-Chinese sentiment, are nearly impossible to find today, as most are now owned by libraries or Museums.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 8 1/2" Width: 5 1/2"
CONDITION: Tear at midsize on approximately 2". Not visible when the piece is flat.
Will be shipped Registered Airmail from Paris (very safe) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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