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291. S. Gross Tree and Birds’ Nest Cartoon

April 25, 2011

Q: This inquiry comes from an old college roommate of mine: “I’ve been looking for a single cartoon by S. Gross that depicted a tree talking to some birds building a nest on its branch. And the tree says something like: ‘Say, you guys aren’t Puerto Rican, are you?'”

A: It appears on the editorial page of the April 1973 (Prejudice) issue. (Thanks to John for the answer.)


This is such a classic panel that I willingly searched issue by issue, page by page for it. (It did have a 1972-1973 "feel" to it to me, so I started there.) Much to my surprise, the cartoon appears in just about the most obvious and likely spot imaginable, on the editorial page of the April 1973 "Prejudice" issue. The exact caption is, "You're not Puerto Ricans, are you?" No chummy "you guys" from this tree.


April 25, 2011 9:52 pm

Woah, that was faster than I expected. Nice job, John!


April 25, 2011 9:56 pm

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