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Experts estimate that J. N. "Ding" Darling (18761962) drew 15,000 editorial cartoons chronicling the history, trends, thoughts, and politics of the United States for the half-century from 1912 to 1962. "Ding" was famous for these editorial cartoons, which appeared in approximately 150 major daily newspapers throughout the United States and earned him two Pulitzer Prizes.

From two magnificent archives of Darling's drawings, 75 of his most representative cartoons have been selected and are presented below. They provide a painless inoculation of common sense, an insight into history as experienced by those who lived it, and a better understanding of our lives today.

In late 1999, the J. N. "Ding" Darling Foundation completed a ten-year project to digitize over 6,800 of the "Ding" Darling editorial cartoons and place them onto a single CD-ROM. The Collection chronicles the trends, thoughts, and politics of the United States from 1912 to 1962.

Additionally, Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries maintains a searchable archive of nearly 12,000 of "Ding" Darling's original editorial cartoons that are viewable online.

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