Jan. 4th, 2017

progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)

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)

great fair in aid of the grand old party of moral ideas, the (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’ kiosk

  • George 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 book

  • Stephen 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-down

  • George F. Hoar dressed as the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

  • William M. Evarts, wearing a chef’s hat, running the Candy Kitchen.
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