Tommy Edison Builds Secretary Knox a Robot (1909)
The only thing I might love more than robots of the 1920s and 30s are robots from before the word "robot" was coined in 1922.
Now, I won't pretend to understand what's going on in this illustration. Like most editorial cartoons that I stumble upon while searching newspaper archives, I have no idea what's happening here with Secretary Knox and his mechanical, moustachioed man of political obfuscation. Though, on its surface, we might call this "same as it ever was."
Source: October 22, 1909 San Antonio Light and Gazette (San Antonio, TX)