The Sunday, June 24, 2012 Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page
featured this historic cartoon. First published in June 1948 as
commentary about a tense moment in the early days of the Cold War, it
chronicles the start of the Berlin Blockade. Western powers squared off against the Soviets, who blocked access to rails, roads and waterways to control supply lines into Berlin. In response, Western Allies organized the Berlin Airlift to provide needed supplies to the people of West Berlin. The blockade, which started on June 24, 1948 and ended the following May, resulted in the creation of two German states and a divided Berlin.
The cartoonist Fred O. Seibel was the newspaper's editorial cartoonist for more than 40 years.
O. Seibel Papers are housed in the James Branch Cabell Library's
Special Collections and Archives. The collection is part of the
library's Comic Arts Collection which includes the papers of several
cartoonists, a collection of comic books and a significant collection
of reference materials that focus on the comic arts and its history.
The Seibel collection includes correspondence to Seibel, a complete set of his published cartoons, 34 thirty-four original Seibel cartoons and other items. More