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May 2, 1996
Exhibition of Cold War Cartoons Opens May 23
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, the Library of Congress will open "Drawing the Iron Curtain: Cold War Cartoons, 1946-1960," an exhibition of 35 cartoon drawings, on Thursday, May 23 in the Oval Gallery, Sixth Floor, Madison Building. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill publicly proclaimed the opening of the Cold War with his famous "Iron Curtain" speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on March 6, 1946. The cartoons on exhibition in honor of this anniversary address such topics as the atom bomb, McCarthyism, Eisenhower, the Korean War, Joseph Stalin, and Communism. Most of the cartoons are from the Library's collections and include the work of Pulitzer Prize winners such as Herblock, Bill Mauldin, Rube Goldberg, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Reg Manning and others.
Exhibitions in the Library's Oval Gallery are supported by the Caroline and Erwin Swann Memorial Fund.
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