The Great Fair in Aid of the “Grand Old Party of Moral Ideas”
The Patronage Is Not Up to the Expectations of the Managers
by Joseph Keppler (1886)
Lazy Curator™ sez:
Ignore the posting date. This is technically the last image of 2016, and will appear as entry #52 in the 2016 Index when I get around to doing it (later this week, probably).
Lots to talk about with this image. Who I recognize, from left to right more or less:W. W. Phelps, in a dress, bearing a ballot box marked “Vote for the Most Popular Gentleman”James Blaine, leaning on Phelps’ kioskGeorge Edmunds offering “Cold Tea and Anti-Saloon Lemonade”John Sherman, in a dress, selling “Flowers of Speech”Whitelaw Reid, in a kimono, inhabiting a tall pagoda labelled “Tribune”Murat Halstead (?) in a blue dress and black gloves, holding an unmarked blue bookStephen Elkins in a green dress, holding a sheet of paper reading, “Please give us another chance.”John A. Logan as a Gypsy Fortune-Teller, holding a grammar book upside-downGeorge F. Hoar dressed as the Old Woman Who Lived in a ShoeWilliam M. Evarts, wearing a chef’s hat, running the Candy Kitchen.