National Air and Space Museum Archives

Theodore Roosevelt Cartoon

Collection ID:
bulk 1912
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
(1 folder)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a 3.75 x 5.75 inch hand-drawn and hand-colored cartoon, on cardstock, depicting Theodore Roosevelt, dressed as a "Rough Rider," piloting an airplane that has an American flag attached to its tail. All text on the cartoon is handwritten in black ink in French. The piece is dated November 1912 and is marked no. 4 in a series. The title is "Elections Présidentielles aux E.U.A." (United States Presidential Elections) and the caption at the bottom loosely translates as "There is nothing here I haven't done before." The cartoon is signed at the bottom and the signature, which is very difficult to read, is possibly "T. E. Rolins."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, serving from 1901-1909. Theodore Roosevelt, at 42 years old, became the youngest President in U.S. history when he took office following the assassination of William McKinley. While campaigning in Missouri, Theodore Roosevelt accepted an invitation to fly in an airplane piloted by Arch Hoxsey and so, on October 11, 1910, he became the first American President to fly in an airplane. Theodore Roosevelt unsuccessfully ran for reelection in the Presidential race of 1912 on a Progressive or "Bull Moose" Party ticket, a party formed by Roosevelt after he lost the Republican nomination to William Howard Taft. Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919 at the age of 60.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, Gift, Unknown

Using the Collection
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No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Theodore Roosevelt Cartoon, Accession XXXX-0934, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoons (humorous images) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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