THE NEW YORKER ON THE MONEY // The Economy in Cartoons
As I mentioned in my previous post, there were about a million books to choose from at Bart's Books. Some that caught my eye couldn't be found in your typical book store- a children's book about the Getty Museum in LA for instance, or an illustrated copy of the Book of Jeremiah. However, I finally settled on a collection of New Yorker cartoons from 1925-2009. I like buying used books when I can; and since I love The New Yorker and wish I understood the economy and American history better, I couldn't think of a better way to learn and laugh at the same time, than through historical cartoons.
Below are some images from the book depicting the aftermath of the stock market crash in 1929, and some cartoons poking fun at everyone's frenzied obsession with buying homes to turn a profit during the real estate bubble in the early 2000s. The kids in the cartoon who are talking about "flipping" their sand castle are so eerily self assured and as totally clueless as I was in those days, to the fact that the economy was going to tank a few short years later.