Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cartoons (for sale)

Wheelbarrow cartoons at cartoonstock.com

As they're for sale there, I will trade this meager advertisement for sharing one of the images, which shows the root "barrow" of the word "wheelbarrow":

Here is the website of the cartoonist, Boyko Boyanov

Another barrow (not wheelbarrows) in this blog: Barrow, no legs

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Political imagery

In art, wheelbarrows seem most often to symbolize domestic peace (leisurely lower gardening), or work.

This image is more about the money than the wheelbarrow, and the motif os a wheelbarrow full of money has been around at least since the early 20th century.

This little animated gif came up in a search for something else (as many fun and surprising things do), and was from 2005, on a Zionist website, in a complaint about The World Bank supporting Palestine. If you go to http://ddsrail.tripod.com/april05.htm and search for "global world" you'll see it in context.


In Georgia, wheelbarrows have been involved (peripherally) in two gubernatorial elections. Lisa Land Cooper wrote about it on her blog. Here's a quote about the first one, and an image from the second one (1948):

"...I had run across a newspaper article dated August 25, 1910 where J.B. Cook, a merchant near Red Oak supported Hoke Smith for governor while his friend, Dr. J.B. Carmichael was just as enthusiastic over Brown. So, they decided the loser would push the winner from Atlanta to College Park in wheelbarrow."
—Lisa Land Cooper
June 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wheelbarrow Art, Australia

Sandra, I thought of you when I saw the wheelbarrow shields by Eric Bridgeman.


These were at a museum or gallery in Southbank, Victoria, in late 2016; not sure if they're still there.

Thank you, Donna Anderson, for sending these, and sorry they were lost in the shuffle for a while.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wilderness Wood, East Sussex

Janine Davies' words and photos:

So many wheelbarrows hard at work at Wilderness Wood yesterday! Mainly leaf collecting and transporting, and natural Xmas decorations too. I particularly like the wheelbarrow with Holly in it. 😊

I’m so glad you collect wheelbarrows. The kids at Friday Club really enjoyed listening to why I was taking pictures of wheelbarrows. They totally got the learning to be had from collecting them. It really appealed to them. 😊

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seaweed, North Korea

It seems the legs and bucket are metal, but the rest is wood.
Wheelbarrows are often used to represent hard work, in photos and videos.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Looks like that was a lot of work. Even the tools are resting.

Jonathan Ford's work, wheelbarrow and photo.