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Love Me, Love My Boondoggle

Published onSep 15, 2022
Love Me, Love My Boondoggle

Love Me, Love My Boondoggle, May 9, 1936

Jay Norwood Darling (American, 1876–1962)

Pen and ink on paper

Gift of Walter Rosene. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.



Jay Norwood Darling, or “Ding” Darling as he was known to many, served as cartoonist for the Des Moines Register newspaper from 1906-1949. Darling also played major roles in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s government, primarily as chief of the U.S. Biological Survey starting in 1934, two years before this cartoon was drawn. Illustrating the “bogged down” governmental systems in place during FDR’s tenure, in this illustration Harry Hopkins, an advisor to FDR and public programs supervisor, becomes a many-armed, buffoonish dog reporting back to FDR. Hopkins directed numerous New Deal relief programs, some successful, and some perhaps more of a “money eating” nature, at least in the eyes of Darling.

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