Fall In! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel]


VCU_M 23 Box 3 Cartoon no 1312 Fall In_Bonus Mess Tent veterans.jpg


Fall In! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel]


Editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel for The Knickerbocker Press. Mounted and identified as no. 1312.

The cartoon relates to the War Adjusted Compensation Act (Bonus Act) of May 19, 1924. This act granted a benefit (bonus) to veterans of military service during World War I. President Calvin Coolidge vetoed the act, but his veto was overridden by Congress. 

The Act provided for deferred payments in the form of certificates to most veterans. The certificates were to be redeemed in 1945. With the advent of the Great Depression, a large number of veterans would seek immediate cash redemption of these certificates. A group of these veterans and supporters, known as the Bonus Army, would gather in Washington, D.C. in 1932.  

Image Description: An "Ex-service man" holding an empty mess kit stands outside a Bonus Mess Tent where other veterans are lining up. The Ex-service man says, "There's that mess call again! Wonder if they will fool us this time? I'm getting pretty blamed hungry!" 

Seibel's "Moses Crow," dressed in uniform says, "When do we eat?"


Seibel, Fred O.


M 23, Box 3, cartoon No. 1312, Frederick Otto Seibel papers, 1882-1968. James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries.




Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries



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Seibel, Fred O., “Fall In! [editorial cartoon by Fred O. Seibel],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed May 20, 2024, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/510.