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.

Political cartoon
Political cartoon

Left: “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)

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

Sunset Magazine cover. May 1900
Sunset Magazine cover. May 1994

Left: 1900 May cover

Right: 1994 May cover

Bus shelter
Patrolmen in the hills above Eagle Pass, Texas

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)

Right: “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.

Battleship Wisconsin

“The armored coast line battleship ‘Wisconsin,’ in the San Francisco bay after her world record breaking trial trip. Built by Union Iron Works, San Francisco.” A strong naval presence was vital to a Pacific-facing coast in an era of increasing international engagement. October 1900, p. 274.

Sunset Magazine cover. April 1914
World War I recruits
Military aviation

Left: April 1914 cover

Center: “‘The Makin’s’”: Fresh recruits for European battlefields, ready to make the world safe for democracy? March 1918, p. 22.(photo: Mark Larkin)

Right: “The Wings of war. For a little over two years the Signal Corps Aviation School of the United Sates Army has been in operation at North island, in San Diego bay…” Military aviation coexisting with luxury resort, both beneficiaries of the Southern California climate. March 1916, p. 9.

Discharged soldiers after World War I
World War I troops

Left: “One of the machine-gun trucks manned by discharged soldiers.” Civic unrest on Western American streets in the aftermath of WWI. April 1919, p. 15. (photo: Webster & Stevens)

Right: “Which troops are safer, those in the dug-outs or those on top? The question and the drill will soon have more than an academic significance for the huskies who are getting ready to fight for democracy.” September 1917, p. 9. (photo: International Film Service)