A century of California droughts told through cartoons

Drought is nothing new in California. Here are some editorial cartoons on the subject dating back to the 1890s

Each major drought in California offers its own cultural touchstones. 

The current water shortage has helped spawn social media #droughtshaming, in which people post videos and photos on Facebook and Twitter showing others wasting water.

But the state has been struggling with periods of drought for decades. And one way to measure public attitudes about those dry spells is through editorial cartoons of the era. 

Flip through this selection of cartoons about drought that appeared in the Los Angeles Times between the 1890s and the 1990s.

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