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Ninety years ago "Ding" Darling dedicated the first anthology of his cartoons to the "Ordinary Citizen." The long-suffering Ordinary Citizen appeared in many roles in his subsequent cartoons, sometimes as a consumer, sometimes as a voter, and sometimes as an aggrieved spouse. Most frequently, however, "Ding's" long-suffering Ordinary Citizen was the taxpayer.

As can be seen in the following pages, Darling did not always sympathize with the ordinary citizen; sometimes he was soundly critical.

The role of the Ordinary Citizen has not changed much in the past century. You are sure to recognize him or her . . .

Government, 1932
Crime, 1926
Labor, 1922
Complacency, 1929
Business Cycles, 1926

The Darling Foundation's CD-ROM containing over 6,800 of "Ding" Darling's editorial cartoons produces over 630 "hits" when searching on the keywords, "Ordinary Citizen." More Information on the Foundation's CD-ROM.

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