The original drawings on display are much larger than they appeared in newspapers. To reproduce a cartoon for publication in the newspaper during much of Berryman’s era, the original was photographed and a negative was made. The negative was then projected onto an engraving plate and reduced to fit the allotted space in the newspaper. An engraver traced the image onto a printing plate by etching the metal with powder or acid. The plate was then used to print the image.

Front page of the Washington Evening Star, March 4, 1920 (detail)

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
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