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Depicts a large cartoonist labelled "Nelan" dipping a small figure labelled "Penny" in spilled ink with the imprint "Press Gag Law." Behind a small dog says, "How careless of Penny." In 1903, Samuel Pennypacker, Governor of Pennsylvania, signed the Salus-Grady libel law, also known as the "Pennsylvania Anti-Cartoon law," showing his anger with cartoonist Charles Nelan who regularly depicted him as a bird parroting his cousin's rhetoric. There was wide outrage over the Salus-Grady law and it was never enforced and was rescinded in 1907 after Pennypacker's defeat.
Political cartoons, Salus-Grady Law, Charles Nelan, Samuel Pennypacker, Pennsylvania Anti-Cartoon Law
American Politics | Graphic Communications | Journalism Studies
Satterfield, Robert, "Press Gag Law" (1903). Nelan Political Cartoons. 6.