In its early years, weighty matters of the world and the region were treated in Sunset’s pages, resulting in a fascinating trove of photographs and even political cartoons. With the region’s frontier heritage, its facing the vast (and potentially hostile) Pacific, and the drama of World War I, military affairs were well represented, in text and photos.

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“Starting something.” While this cartoon does not quite convey the 800-year history of Anglo-Irish relations, it does remind us that Sunset’s outlook was then cosmopolitan, as much as regional.
March 1919, p. 10.
(credit: McCall, Portland Telegram)

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1900 May cover

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 “Love at first sight.” Realpolitik and women’s suffrage.
November 1920, p. 20.(credit: Wahl,
The Sacramento Bee)

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1994 May cover

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Above: “A patrol rendezvous in the hills above Eagle Pass, Texas. Patrolmen have met here for conference with the patrol inspector in charge of the week’s operations on the border.” Concern regarding the porous border with Mexico is nothing new - November 1926, p. 30.

Left: “Bus shelter built by volunteers stands beside road in small California town.” A community project cast in the mold of home improvement - October 1968, p. 154. (photo: Darrow M. Watt)

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