The Old Print Shop

Our Rising Generation.

  • ARTIST: Thomas Nast

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. October 14, 1871.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving,

    DATE: 1871.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 9 1/8 x 13 7/8" (232 x 352 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: The age old comment - the young are lazy, rude and destroying the good nation their elders have worked hard to create. This is precisely what Thomas Nast is portraying in this cartoon, and is further discussed in the article printed on the back.<br><br> At the of the cartoon "The Lost Trades. An honest days work, for an honest days pay" two young men stand around doing nothing as they smoke their cigars and try to look tough. Behind them are middle aged men, hard at work editing and carving wood engraving plates. <br><br> On the left "The Road to Gentility" shows the young fighting each other to get to the "Vanity Fair" while below the older generation calmly walks "The Road to Duty and Labor." On the left the young are at war with each other and the police in "Competition Lively." In the background is a book store, which has put out a sign advertising "A clerk and a bookkeeper wanted." Meanwhile, the older generation calmly enjoys the day and searches for work in in the newspaper in "Competition Nowhere." <br><br> The sentiment, as print in the article on the back, is that the "rising generation is largely infected with the fallacy that money must be made by short-cuts to fortune, instead of by the surer but longer road of patient industry. The example of the Tammany Ring has been very pernicious in this respect. Their success has helped to fill young men with the notion that money, however acquired, will secure social positions." Tammany Hall is this part of American history was corrupt and had made off with millions in tax payers money. The article suggests that training young men in a trade would remedy this growing ill-minded through process.


  • CONDITION: Good condition.