Analyzing Cartoons Rube Goldberg's Life And Work

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Reuben Garrett Lucius, also known as “Rube Goldberg” is famous for many things, such as his cartoons, sculptures, literature, inventions and for engineering. He was born on July 4th, 1883 in San Francisco California. He died December 7th, 1970. He was married to Irma Seeman Goldberg. Also, he had two children named, George W. George and Thomas George. According to, Goldberg received an engineering degree from the University of California then later got a job designing sewer pipelines. Shortly after he became a sportswriter and cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bulletin. He is most famous for his editorial cartoon, “Peace Today” which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. According to the website titled, it states that a selection of Goldberg’s cartoons were sketches of inventions and machines inspired by the “Machine Age” at the beginning of the 20th century. The cartoons of the machines were very complex and intricate. Goldberg stated “[the machines are a] symbol of man's capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results." This statement referred to his observation and belief that humans would choose the more difficult and lengthy way to achieve a goal rather than a shorter more simple way.

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