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The dance of death
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The dance of death


Library of Congress Prints and Photographs


In a banner across the top, men and women dance at a dance or nightclub. The banner breaks at the center and the women fall into prostitution, separating the bottom of the cartoon into two halves. On the left, a woman with clawed feet holds up a "Red Light" lantern with a skull-shaped bulb in her left hand while holding back dogs labeled "Disease," "Insanity," and "Suicide" with her right hand. Behind her is "The Potters Field" cemetery. On the right are two business establishments that appear to serve as fronts for illicit activities, as a line of patrons file out of a "Chinese Rest[aurant]" and into a waiting "Police Patrol" wagon. Caption: Small wonder there are protests against "The Grizzly Bear" and "The Turkey Trot."

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Ross, Gordon, 1873-1946

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The dance of death. Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. Dickinson State University.
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