Liberator Magazine Art












Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No 1, pg 27
"An East Indian Dancer"
Liberator Magazine was a early American Leftist, socialist, communist publication. The art represented here is strangely different, almost foreign.  Billed as "the only popular magazine of revolutionary socialism in America.."  It leaves the sense that American Communism was a different brand then the Russian counterpart.
It is interesting to note that the first months of this publication virtually ignores the raging war on the European continent (World War I) and narrowly focuses on Russia and it's revolution that occurred as part of the larger European conflict. Domestic issues include labor, women's sufferage, and unjust court cases. I will be adding images so check back from time to time. (These are scans of the original publications photoshoped to enhance the ancient images on high acid content paper)

Liberator Magazine cover
Vol 1, No. 1
March 1918
artist Hugo Gellert 
Liberator Magazine
"A Case of Heresy"
Vol 1, No. 1, pg 3
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 1, page 30
from the article "The Peril of Tom Mooney"
by Robert Minor
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 3, cover
May 1918
artist Hugo Gellert


Liberator Magazine
April 1918
Vol 1, No. 2 cover
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 2, inside cover
"Today"
artist K.R. Chamberlain
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 3, pg 35
"Play"
artist: Hugo Gellert
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 3, pg 26
"Lots Wife"
artist Boardman Robinson
Liberator Magazine
Vol 1, No. 3, pg 27
"The Temptation"
artist Boardman Robinson
Liberator Magazine Cover
July 1918
Vol 1, No. 5
Liberator Magazine
July, 1918
Inside Cover
"Exodus - 17" artist Boardman Robinson
Liberator Magazine
July, 1918
centerfold political cartoon
Title of the article "Recognize Russia"
Liberator Magazine Cover
Vol 1, No. 6
artist: Cornelia Barns
Contributing Editors: Cornelia Barns, Howard Brubaker,
K.R. Chamberlain, Hugo Gellert, Arturo Giovannitti, Charles T. Hallinan,
Helen Keller, Ellen La Motte, Robert Minor,
John Reed, Boardman Robinson, Louis Untermeyer,
Charles W. Wood, Art Young
Liberator Magazine Aug 1918
political cartoon
artist: Art Young
the subject: June 3, 1918 Supreme Ct declared
unconstitutional the "Federal Child Labor Law of 1916"
that forbade the interstate transport of products
employing children under the age of 14 yrs
Liberator Magazine Aug 1918, page 4
artist: Crystal Barns
Liberator Magazine Aug 1918 pg 22
"HOBOKEN, Portrait of a City"
artist: Stuart Davis
Liberator Magazine Aug 1918 pg 23
"Feline"
artist: Stuart Davis
Liberator Magazine
Sept 1918 Vol. 1, No. 7
artist: Hugo Gellert
Liberator Magazine, August 1918
Centerfold "Contemplation"
artist: Hugo Gellert
Liberator Magazine, August 1918, pg 23
from the article "The Social Revolution in Court"
by Art Young (illustrator) and John Reed 

Liberator Magazine, Oct 1918
Vol 1, No 8
Contributing editors include Helen Keller, Cornelia Barns,
Howard Brubaker, K.R. Chamberain, Hugo Gellert, Arutro Giovannitti,
Ellen La Motte, Robert Minor, Boardman Robinson, Art Young
includes interesting article on the arrest of women
demonstrating in support of Women's Sufferage

Liberator Magazine, Oct 1918, pg 4
"Where Angels Fear to Tread"
artist: Cornelia Barnes

Liberator Magazine, Oct 1918, pg 11
woodcut by J. J. Lankes


Liberator Magazine, Oct 1918, pg 21
Political Cartoon about Liberty Loan Program
artist: Art Young

Liberator Magazine, Oct 1918, pg 41
Political cartoon
artist: GROPPER 1917  

Liberator Magazine, Nov 1918 cover
Vol 1, No. 9
clearly this is a take on the American Eagle
with red, white and blue color scheme

Liberator Magaine, Nov 1918, pg 7
political cartoon
artist: Art Young

Liberator Magazine, Nov 1918, pg 18
"A Pueblo Indian"
artist: Maurice Sterne

Liberator Magaine, Nov 1918, centerfold
political cartoon
artist: Art Young

Liberator Magaine, Nov 1918, pg 24
political cartoon
artist: Boardman Robinson

Liberator Magazine, Dec 1918 cover
Vol 1 No. 10
artist: Maruice Sterne
Liberator Magaine, Dec 1918, pg 9
political cartoon
artist: GROPPER
Liberator Magaine, Dec 1918, centerfold
politcal cartoon
"You Too!" (depicting the anger of the worker)
artist: Boardman Robinson
Liberator Magaine, Jan 1919, cover
Vol 1 No 11
"Nikolai Lenin"
Liberator Magaine, Jan 1919, pg 4
"Home!"
artist: Boardman Robinson
(I like this image of the returning American GI's from WWI)

Liberator Magaine, Jan 1919, pg 12
political cartoon
artist: Boardman Robinson

Liberator Magazine, Jan 1919, pg 13
political cartoon
artist: Boardman Robinson

Liberator Magaine, Jan 1919, centerfold
political cartoon
apparently the subject is the newly formed League of Nations
depicting "Bolshevik Republic" in the center holding up TRUTH
and kicking a bouquet of flowers "ARTIFICIAL IDEALS"
artist: Art Young
Liberator Magazine, Feb 1919
Vol 1 No 12
cover featuring Abraham Lincoln
artist: Boardman Robinson
Liberator Magazine, Feb 1919, pg 4
political cartoon
"Bolshevism in Bohemia"
Artist: Stuart Davis
woodcut by J Lankes
depicting frog and toadstools
Liberator Magazine, Feb 1919, centerfold
political cartoon: "Holding the Fort"
artist: Art Young
Liberator Magazine, Feb 1919
political cartoon: "Wilson's Words"
artist: Art Young

Liberator Magazine, March 1919
Vol 1 No 13
front cover portrait of Liebknecht

Liberator Magazine, March 1919, pg 4
political cartoon about US WWI soldiers
artist: Art Young

Liberator Magaine, Mar 1919, pg 15
"Every reader of the dispatches from Berlin has noted that the struggle
for power between the revolutionists and the bourgeois reformers has centered
in battles to get and keep the possession of the newspapers. That is the
essence of twentieth century revolution - to wrest the great weapons
of publicity from the control of the ruling class."
Liberator Magazine, Mar 1919, pg 22
artist: Joseph Pass
"Kate Greenhaughl, on of the Seattle 'Reds'"

Liberator Magazine, Mar 1919, pg 35
artist: Stuart Davis
"The Return of the Soldier"
Liberator Magaine, Mar 1919, pg 42
Artist: Cornelia Barns
"Dream Dresses"

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