Cheer Up Waffle Thermal Shirt
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Basketball player and famous coach John Wooden is credited with having said, “We can agree to disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.” This long sleeved thermal t-shirt featuring the 1931 Clifford Berryman cartoon is a light-hearted reminder of the value of good sportsmanship.
This Clifford K. Berryman cartoon concerns the 1930 congressional elections, in which Republicans retained a slim majority in both houses of Congress. When the new Congress convened in December, 1931, however, several deaths and departures had left vacancies in seats held by Republicans. Results from special elections held to fill those seats shifted control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. The Democratic donkey, cheered by his party's new power, consoles the defeated Republican elephant as the old year sets over the horizon.
The Center for Legislative Archives maintains approximately 2,400 original pen-and-ink drawings by cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman from the U.S. Senate Collection.
Berryman was one of Washington's best-known and most-admired graphic political commentators in the first half of the 20th century. Berryman drew for the Washington Post from 1890 until 1907, and then for the Evening Star from 1907 until his death in 1949. His cartoons addressed subjects ranging from politics, presidential and congressional elections, both world wars and even Washington's weather.