Very Rare 1930s period Cuba Liborio Porcelain Figure. 3.5 x 8.3 x 3. Very Good Condition with a minor porcelain loss on the cuban flag corner . Liborio is a cartoon character created in
early 20th century as the incarnation of the Cuban people. It is the cuban equivalent of Uncle Sam. Liborio's creator was Ricardo de la Torriente, born in 1869. He began
publishing caricatures in 1887, at the age of 18; he also published comic strips. In 1897, Torriente traveled to the United States, where he worked for the magazine Cuba and America, edited by Cubans who favored the cause of independence from Spain. In his drawings he included such important Cuban figures as National Hero Jose Marti and Independence War General Antonio Maceo, as well as others. When the Spanish-Cuban-American war ended, Torriente returned to Cuba. It was the time of the American intervention. Back in Havana, Torriente worked for La Discusion, in his strips he criticized the corrupt politians and the american intervention; that's when Torriente's character incarnating the Cuban people begun to take shape. He first used the name Liborio in 1904, on a comic strip published at La Politica Comica. In her book Caricature of the Republicâ, Adelaida de Juan says Liborio character, created by Torriente, is a sarcastic, passive guy, which
reflects the political life of the time and the frustrated ideals of independence.