You may know Syd Hoff as the author of classic children’s books such as Danny and the Dinosaur and Sammy the Seal. Or you may know his cartoons from The New Yorker.
In addition to these more famous works, he is also the author of a little collection of political cartoons called the The Ruling Clawss published in 1935 under the pen name he used for his more radical work, A. Redfield. It is a collection of his contributions to the communist newspaper “Daily Worker.”
It satirizes the ruling class by featuring everything from a cop after a long, hard day clubbing protesters to rich old ladies praising the virtues of Nazi-occupied Berlin. Here are some of these cartoons…