This is a c. 1935 Richard Yardley pictorial map of Baltimore County, Maryland. Populated by comical caricatures of the county's residents, Yardley both mocks and celebrates its history. Many of these vignettes illustrate historical events, such as the county's founding, its involvement in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. Baltimore itself does not appear on the map since it was separated from the county in 1851. Yardley acknowledges the role Native Americans played, stating that many of the modern-day county roads started as Indian trails. The other side of the coin was that Fort Garrison, near Pikesville, was built as a defense against those same Indians. Joppa occupies a sizable portion of the map, with its bustling trade with England and the West Indies prominently touted. A banner also states that the city was the county seat in 1712.
Antebellum AmericaYardley also doesn't shy away from the horrors of Antebellum America. He references slavery twice, although neither is as cutting as would have been hoped. Two upper-class people meet in the upper right corner (near the decorative compass rose), and the man states, 'I do not wish to impose,' to which the woman responds, 'My many slaves make it no problem.' The second reference appears on the lower left, next to a very wealthy gentleman dressed in his finest clothes, who states that 'many loving slaves help me in my labors' while 'ye loving slaves' are illustrated in the shadows toiling away, utterly indistinguishable from one another.
Publication History and CensusThis map was created by Richard Yardley and published c. 1935. An example is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection. It does not appear in OCLC.
Richard Quincy Yardley (March 11, 1903 - November 24, 1979), known euphemistically as 'Moco,' was an American cartoonist based in Baltimore. Yardley worked as a cartoonist for the Baltimore Sun from 1923. In 1949 he became the editorial cartoonist for the Baltimore Sun, a position he held for roughly 20 years. He also produced cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker and the Reporter. His syndicated daily comic, Our Ancestors, was published from 1961 to 1965. His work exhibited a humorous satirical style drawing on local personalities and historical events. One writer, Charles Bissell, described his work thus,
His style, which might be described as early Ming, middle comic strip, late Picasso, and all Yardley—or perhaps better some other way-is not suitable for editorial cartoons. To begin with, it's not serious. We all know how you've got to be mighty serious about lots of things-atom bombs, for instance. You couldn't put over something big and profound by drawing a couple of nudeniks with four heads, a little banjo-eyed character in a beret and maybe a cat, all caught up in some sort of symbolical astral soup and expect to scare daylights out of your readers. Well, no, you couldn't—but Yardley can. (AAEC News, April 1964)
He issued several satirical cartoon maps, including a map of Herr Hitler's Heaven
, Johns Hopkins Hospital
, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Annapolis. Yardley was a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and the National Press Club. He retired in 1972. Learn More...
Very good. Blank on verso. Accompanied by original mailer.