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A Statue for Our Harbor

A Statue for Our Harbor

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George Frederick Keller


The Wasp 

Publication Date:

November 11, 1881


Because of its geographic position and the economic opportunities California offered, San Francisco received many Chinese immigrants. This image of San Francisco harbor includes a new addition: a mockery of the Statue of Liberty, then under construction [she wasn't brought to NYC until 1886]. The suggested statue for San Francisco is a stereotypical Chinese man, with vices emanating from his head, an opium pipe in his hand, and rats at his feet.


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University