136. Today in 1920s Turkey: 18 January 1923 (An Enthusiast of Antiquities) — Steemit

Cartoon by Ramiz, Akbaba or “Vulture/White-Bearded Old Man,” 18 January 1923, no. 13, page 2.

Türkçe
Gönül bu ya…
Kadın: O kadar dikkatli ne bakıyorsun?..
Erkek: Eser-i atika meraklısıyım…

English
This is the heart…
Woman: What are you staring at?
Man: I am an enthusiast of antiquities…

Comments:
Female-male courtship and relationship woes figure so prominently in the cartoons of the press in Turkey that this kind of content could be considered a stand-alone genre within the medium. Although many cartoons feature fashionably dressed, attractive young men and women, occasionally cartoonists will explore unorthodox types for their humorous potential. In the case of the present cartoon we are exposed to the playfully off-putting pick-up line directed from a man to a woman. While comparing the woman to an “antique” may seem to be cruel at first glance, in reality both parties appear to be somewhat advanced in age… certainly, perhaps too old to be flirting or looking for new love… But who is to say romance has an age?

Thematically, age connects this cartoon to a second cartoon featured on the same page. As fate would have it, Today in 1920s Turkey considers another cartoon from this same page in post #53: Old Folks and Old Photos. Sometimes the journals or their cartoonists will pursue a certain theme for an issue or a single page and that is certainly the case with these two cartoons (see the image of the entire page below). For another example of multiple cartoons sharing a single theme in a single issue of a magazine see post #112: Heart-Break Seamstress in Three Takes. Examples of cartoons dealing with love and advanced age in particular can be viewed in posts #71: Spring Flowers or Autumn Blossoms? and #129: Youth Serum+Love= Warm Winters.

Entire page, Akbaba, 18 January 1923, no. 13, page 2. Atatürk Library, Istanbul.

Originally published at https://steemit.com on January 19, 2019.

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I am an independent scholar of Islamic art and civilization specializing in the history of Ottoman and modern Turkish art and print culture.

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Yasemin Gencer

Yasemin Gencer

I am an independent scholar of Islamic art and civilization specializing in the history of Ottoman and modern Turkish art and print culture.

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