Edmund S. Valtman
(1914-2005) may be the only American cartoonist of the Cold War era
who experienced Soviet rule firsthand. The Pulitzer Prize winning
cartoonist was working as a draftsman in his native Estonia when
the Soviets overran the Baltic states in 1940. Russia went to
war with Germany in 1941 and subsequently mobilized Estonian men
under fifty, including Valtman's two brothers, to the Soviet Union.
Germany occupied Estonia for three years until the Soviets re-occupied
the beleaguered nation. These tumultuous events and their repercussions
marked Valtman profoundlyultimately bringing him to American
shores and sharply shaping his anti-Communist stance on Cold War
issues in his cartoons. This online collection draws primarily
upon the 340 drawings that he gave to the Library in 1999-2001.
All objects in this special presentation, unless otherwise noted,
are preserved in the Prints
and Photographs Division. This special presentation was prepared
with support from the Caroline and Erwin Swann Memorial Fund for
Caricature and Cartoon.
I Can't Believe My Eyes!, 1991
Published in: The Waterbury Republican and
The Middletown press, 1991;
The best editorial cartoons of the year, 1992, p. 21;
Edmund Valtman, Valtman:
The Editorial Cartoons of Edmund S. Valtman, 1961-1991.
Baltimore, MD: Esto, Inc., 1991, p. 15.
Ink, tonal overlay on paper.
Prints & Photographs Division