What the Kaiser Looks Like, by W. K. Haselden

William Kerridge Haselden is regarded as the father of the British newspaper strip. In 1904, he walked into the office of the Daily Illustrated Mirror with a portfolio of sample cartoons under his arm. The editor was so impressed that he published one the very next day, 'Only Waiting for the Torch'. William Haselden's most famous creations first appeared in 1914 under the title 'The Sad Experiences of Big and Little Willie', which were caricatures of England's war-time enemy Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany and his son. They became running characters and the public loved them. W. K. Haselden died in 1953 at the age of 81.

Bubbles, by William Kerridge Haselden
In this newspaper comic strip by William K. Haselden,
Kaiser Wilhelm sees the bubble of 'world domination'
appear out of the bowl of 'blood and iron' in 1914;
then in 1918 the bubble bursts into 'retribution'.

Here are some possible activities
of Kaiser Wilhelm after 1918,
in this strip by WK Haselden:
Occupations for Kaiser Wilhelm, by William Kerridge Haselden

anti-suffragette cartoons by W.K. Haselden

Last updated: 2006-12-16

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