progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-09-20 09:21 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Bring Me the Axe!

The Agony of the Assessed



Between Two Terrors



by Frederick Graetz (1882)

agony of the assessed, the (1882)


The LOC says:

Print shows "G.W. Curtis" and "Jay Hubbell" as executioners, each wearing a mask and holding large axes labeled "Civil Service Reform Association" (Curtis) and "Republican Congressional Committee" (Hubbell). Curtis instructs the "Office Holder" seated between them to "Don't Pay! or be Discharged" and Hubbell instructs the bewildered man to "Pay! or be Discharged".


Lazy Curator™ sez: I don’t know what it is with Graetz. His stuff always looks weird to me. And I can’t help but notice that the lion’s share of his front cover work happened during the elder Keppler’s self-imposed vacation. I can definitely envision a scenario in which he said, upon his return, something to the effect of, “That one fellow who’s always drawing off-model? Tell him he’s fired!”

Pondering the addition of a Jay Abel Hubbell tag, despite the fact that this is only his second appearance in The Weekly Puck. That could seriously open the floodgates. What next, George Hoadly? Jeptha Dudley New?
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-09-11 09:05 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Rain Surgery

Ghoulish Glee



by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

ghoulish glee (1891)


“Why did you laugh so fiendishly at Wiggins when his umbrella blew inside out?”
“Ha! It was one he borrowed from me a month ago.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Dammit, clumsy fingers! It’s Louis Dalrymple! Louis! Not Luis, and not Louisa! Oh well, at least I’m not spelling it “Lewis” anymore! And don’t get me started on Bernhard Gillam...again. [hangs head in shame]
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-09-03 05:32 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Orchestral Arrangement

Wanted, a Leader



The Labor-Agitation Orchestra on the Go-As-You-Please Plan



by Frederick Opper (1886)

wanted, a leader (1886)


The good folk at explorepahistory.com say:

As one of the nation's most popular political idealists, Henry George was the subject of constant derision by the mainstream press, including this Puck cartoon in which George plays on his Bass-Less Theories, in a Benefit Concert for the Improvement of the Laborer's Condition that includes the Anarchist Press on trombone, Knights of Labor President Terence Powderly on harp, and the American Federation of Labor on cymbals.


Lazy Curator™ sez: And featuring Dr. McGlynn (seen also in this image) on violin!

Happy Labor Day, everyone!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-08-29 08:09 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Water Damage

Saved;



Or, Why Papa Changed His Mind



by F. M. Howarth (1895)

saved or why papa changed his mind (1895)


Lazy Curator sez: Don’t know why it is, but here in the dying weeks of summer, I start to get a hankering for some Howarth. Here’s another one. You can tell it’s a Howarth from about a mile away, so distinctive is his character style.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-08-22 08:44 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Ghost of a Chance

Who Killed Hancock?



by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

who killed hancock (1883)


Macbeth-Dana:—“Never shake thy gory locks at me! I’ll bet you Five Thousand Dollars thou canst not say I did it!


The LOC says:

Print shows the ghost of Winfield Scott Hancock sitting on a throne in a banquet hall, Samuel J. Tilden pushes a frightened Charles A. Dana, as Macbeth, toward Hancock, Dana makes wild statements while waving around a note for $5000.00; a chalice has fallen to the floor, spilling "Harmony". Samuel S. Cox, as a court jester, sits on the floor next to the throne with "S.S. Cox's Joke Book" at his knee. The room is filled with courtiers, among them are Thomas A. Hendricks, Grover Cleveland who has fallen backwards onto John Kelly, Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Randall, David Davis, Henry Watterson, Abram S. Hewitt, Hubert O. Thompson, George Hoadly, and Benjamin F. Butler; all seem to be sitting in judgement of Dana.


Lazy Curator™ sez: And William Russell Grace, behind Butler.

And a pineapple. Don’t forget the pineapple!

I seem to be throwing you a bone here. Probably because this is the first time in forever I’ve posted an image of Unofficial Weekly Puck Mascot and Breakout Superstar Hubert O. Thompson. And he’s barely in this one! Look on the bright side, he could be like poor George Hoadly. I think this is only the second time he’s ever appeared in The Weekly Puck, and it’s likely to be the last. Probably not even worth a tag. Sorry, Hoadly.

John Kelly’s crazed expression totally sells this one. And wasn’t Gillam a sadist to have him and hated rival Grover Cleveland *gasp* touching?

Yes, I do have the entry for two weeks in the future already selected. No, it’s not that picture of Terence Powderly gazing lustfully at Jay Gould’s plump, shapely buttocks, longing to spank them. Again. That’s from Judge, anyway. Though I do believe that Bernhard Gillam is likewise responsible for that infamous image (don’t quote me on that, though).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-08-19 10:30 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Marine Mammal Center

He Had to Swallow That



by Samuel Ehrhart (1891)

he had to swallow that (1891)


Miss Laymlow.—Really, Mr. Squirmley, I do not think that you had better take me out. You don’t know what a perfect Jonah I am, and always will be.
Mr. Squirmley
(seizing a long-awaited chance).—Oh, Miss Laym—Clara—let me be the whale!
Miss Laymlow.—This is very sudden, Mr. Squirmley. But I have no desire for a three days’ engagement.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Just a quickie slid in at the end of the week here. Since I posted the last edition at the start of last week, it feels like forever since I updated this feature! Not a lot to say about this, except that I’ve been sitting on this one for a long time—as in, years—and I really don’t have the slightest idea why I haven’t posted it before.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-08-06 04:48 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Mini-Me

“Me Too!”



by Frederick Opper (1881)

me too (1881)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Image shows Roscoe Conkling as a medieval troubadour strumming a lute under a balcony labelled “Canonchet.” Behind him we see Thomas Platt, similarly attired in comically oversized shoes and given a boost by a sturdy suitcase, doing the same under a balcony marked “Albany.” Also: the moon has a face.

The more of these I do, the more I link the public figures with their running gags: Platt and his “Me too!”, Conkling and his women’s clothes, James Blaine and his tattoos, Benjamin Harrison being engulfed by his grandfather’s hat, etc. etc.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-08-01 08:17 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Water Dog

The Waterloo of De Style



by F. M. Howarth (1895)

waterloo of de style, the (1895)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Don’t know why, but I was jonesin’ for some Howarth and his big-headed, bug-eyed cartoon characters. These strips are anthologized in a book of so-called “Domestic Dramas.”

I really love the facial expression in Panel 8 for some reason.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-07-28 05:57 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Hammer Fall

Collapse of Another Buddensiek Structure



by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

collapse of another buddensiek structure (1885)


John Roach.—“It’s all Whitney’s fault. If he hadn’t knocked so hard, it would be standing now.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Lots to talk about this time, and not entirely all about this specific image, so let’s get started.

Image shows William C. Whitney (Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of the Navy during his first term) brandishing a club, standing before a door with prominent dents on it below a collapsed brick building bearing a sign reading “John Roach & Co. Ships Built for Repairs.” Whitney is also shown holding a sheet of paper reading “Good Work Demanded for Good Money, Sec’y Whitney.” John Roach stands in the foreground, pointing with his thumb and bearing a folded piece of paper reading “John Roach’s Assignment.” He is accompanied by George Robeson and William Chandler.

It’s the same cast of characters as this image. I miss the comical expressions of that one, but it’s Gillam and thus of high quality. On a related note, good God, I have been misspelling Gillam’s name for how long exactly? Six years? Should I change my title to Idiot Curator™? In any case, I’ve taken on the task of gradually fixing my ridiculous mistake as I gradually plug on with the arduous task of repairing the Weekly Puck archive by switching the image hosting. Have I mentioned lately that Photobucket sucks? Added a William Chandler tag for good measure.

The reference to Buddensiek is topical, regarding a corrupt architect of hastily-built tenements that were poorly built and collapsed, killing the occupants.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-07-20 10:23 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Karma Knowledge

Rather Cheeky



by Samuel Ehrhart (1890)

rather cheeky (1890)


Mr. Rowne de Bout.—That man, W. Fearless Gall, has a cast-iron nerve. Do you know him?
Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt.—Can’t say that I do. I never met him but once, and that was the day he called to ask me to be his best man at his wedding.


Lazy Curator™ sez: I’m guessing Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt goes to the same tailor as Albert. Or it was just a silly men’s fashion that Ehrhart liked to depict. Take your pick.
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2017-07-14 06:33 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Life Is a Banquet

Opening of the New Republican Café



by Joseph Keppler (1889)

opening of the new republican cafe (1889)


Proprietor Harrison.—Wait till the clock strikes, boys, and I’ll give you all a show.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Benjamin Harrison stands before a banquet table laden with food items marked as office appointment positions (as Vice-President Levi Morton mans the bar). James Blaine holds the hungry horde at bay, among them including Jeptha Dudley New, Matthew Quay, Carlton Foster, Jay Abel Hubbell, William Wade Dudley, Stephen Dorsey, Thomas Brady, J. Warren Keifer, Thomas Platt, William Chandler, William Mahone and (hilariously being trampled) George Robeson.

If nothing else, this cartoon allowed me to learn the name “Jeptha Dudley New,” the most absurd and unlikely name to pop up in The Weekly Puck since Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-07-11 10:03 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Elephant’s Tales

An Interrupted Lesson in Natural History



by J. S. Pughe (1901)

interrupted lesson in natural history, an (1901)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Nothing to say about the image. But Photobucket decided they didn’t approve of the way I was sharing my images, i.e.: linking to the Google Books archive instead of redirecting you to view the images on their horrible website where you’re bombarded with intrusive popups. So they decided to deactivate my account without any advance warning. Six years of work on this feature (and nearly a decade more on my journal in its entirety) down the drain. They can eat dung for all I care.

I’ve set up a temporary home at my heretofore-left-fallow Flickr account, but I’m open to suggestions as to better image hosting.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-06-27 10:34 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Steam Trane

The Reform Express



The “Practical Politicians” Are Left by the Roadside



by Udo J. Keppler (1893)

reform express, the (1893)


Lazy Curator™ sez: A steam train named the Reform Express is helmed by Grover Cleveland and Walter Gresham (Sec’y of State). Shaking their fists at the train from ground level are David B. Hill, “Murphy,” “McLaughlin,” “Sheehan,” Henry Watterson, Charles A. Dana (bearing a knife marked “Spite”) and Richard Croker.

This image was featured on this Japanese steam engine site, erroneously credited as being from Judge.

The poor junior Keppler had clearly yet to step out of the shadow of his illustrious father. I suppose he had to wait for Dear Old Dad to kick the bucket before he could exert his own will and develop his own style. Isn’t that always the way?
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-06-20 09:22 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Utensil Strength

He Was No Dude



by C. J. Taylor (1895)

he was no dude (1895)


Customer (in uptown drug store).—I want a thirty-grain dose o’ quinine, young man.
Clerk.—Yes, sir. What will you take it with, sir?
Customer.—I’ll take it with a spoon. I’m a Wabash Valley man, an’ I ain’t doodish ’nough yet, thank God, to eat with a fork.


Lazy Curator™ sez: I apologize for the “on the bias” nature of this entry. Wonky Scan strikes again!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-06-13 10:13 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Court de pirate

Puck’s Plan to Rid the Country of Two Embarrassments



Give Grant the Surplus, and Let Him Spend It on a Little Court of His Own



by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

puck's plan to relieve the country of two embarrassments (1884)


The LOC says:

Illustration shows Ulysses S. Grant as a king sitting on a throne, surrounded by his courtiers, identified as Rev. J.P. Newman, Henry Ward Beecher, Roscoe Conkling, Jay Gould, George W. Childs, William Belknap, G. Jones, Senator John P. Jones, Simon Cameron, James Donald Cameron, James D. Fish, John A. Logan, T.C. Platt, George M. Robeson, [and] Joseph W. Keifer".


Lazy Curator™ sez: Conkling looks a little puffy here. Off-model, or some kind of commentary?

Needless to say, Gilliam hits another one out of the park. Is there any artwork this man produced that wasn’t amazing?
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2017-06-09 10:55 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Bubbly

How He Kept Solid



by A. B. Shute (1888)

how he kept solid (1888)


Stone.—I say, Upson, it is downright mean of you to deceive me this way. You said you only needed ten dollars to keep solid with your tailor, and here you are setting up champagne for a friend!
Downes.—Why, bless your soul, this is my tailor! Those two small bottles got me a thirty days’ extension!


Lazy Curator sez: Sorry, did you say something? I was distracted by the sheer variety of facial hair and period wardrobe on display.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-06-02 05:15 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Pianistic

Crowning the Successful



(Advertisement for Weber Pianos)



by Joseph Keppler (1876)

weber pianos ad (1877)


Image shows a grand piano atop a staircase, with sun rays emerging from the background and Columbia laying a laurel wreath on it. Cherubs bear shields, one reading “Tonal Exhibition United States Centennial.” A group of gentlemen and ladies have gathered round, many of them resembling famous musicians of the period (I definitely spot Offenbach and Liszt among the gathering).

I think this is only the third advertisement I have posted thus far, only the second actually from Puck’s pages. And both of those were ads for pianos!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-05-26 03:13 pm

[The Weekly Puck] A (Mostly) Harmless Explosion

The Mulligan Guard Lies, But—Surrenders



by Joseph Keppler (1884)

mulligan guard lies but surrenders, the (1884)


The LOC says:

Illustration shows an explosion at the "Claim Agency, Formerly Republican Head Quarters" with William M. Evarts peeking through the opening in the tent to survey the damage; several small kiosks labeled "Machine Republicans Meet Here, County Democracy Blaine Exchange, Tribune Blaine Organ, [and] Friends of Tammany Meet Here" have been blown over and damaged, also knocked to the ground by the blast were "Keifer, [Blaine holding a paper that states "I Claim Everything"], Logan, W. Reid, Butler, Dana, Burchard [labeled "R.R.R."], Robeson, Elkins, Dorsey," and an unidentified man lying on the ground next to bags of "Soap". On horseback, in the upper left corner, is Grover Cleveland holding a scroll labeled "Reform", and a Puck character carrying a standard labeled "Independents", among the ranks are Carl Schurz, George W. Curtis, and Henry Ward Beecher. Strewn on the ground are papers that state "I.O.U. If we win. J.G., I.O.U. Conditional on Success, C.W.F., [and] I.O.U. If you get there, J. Roach"; and several of the downed "Mulligan Guard" hold papers that state "We Still Claim", whereas Dana's paper states "I Give Up".


Lazy Curator™ sez: Bless you, Library of Congress, for enabling my laziness. I’ve had to shoulder most of the burden of research for what seems like months now.

Having said that, allow me to nit-pick their research.

The unidentified man looks like Jay Gould. I was leaning against him, on account of the I.O.U. from J.G. which suggested he was absent, and racked my brain to come up with other, prominent long-bearded men of the period it might represent. W. W. Belknap? William Mahone? Then I remembered the bags of “soap” and made the connection. Oh, that wacky 19th century slang!

I noticed that John Kelly and Hubert O. Thompson couldn’t even be bothered to show up in person. Pity, especially in the latter case, as I know how popular he is with the Weekly Puck’s readership.

Stevie Elkins is in a precarious position. I mean, it can’t compare with this image from [another publication], but it’s amusing just the same.

The eagle-eyed who were good at playing Classic Concentration™ will notice that I’m running out of order, both in the Mulligan Guards series (there’s more than just the two I posted) and in my usual Weekly Puck running order. In both cases it’s to get in a visual tribute (however backhanded—what do you want? It’s Puck!) to John Alexander Logan, what with his life’s legacy (i.e.: Memorial Day) coming up.

UPDATE: Re-scanned this classic image, probably the best we’ve had so far from the Google Books archive, or are ever likely to get. I hear you ask, “Mike, why are you dedicating so much time and effort in the pursuit of finding the perfect scan of this particular image? Hmmm? Trying to tell us something, are you?” Well...um...hey, look! It’s Hubert O. Thompson!

[runs]
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-05-19 07:40 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Parade Rout

President Harrison’s Triumphal Tour



by Louis Dalrymple (1889)

president harrison's triumphal tour (1889)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Here we have an image of Benjamin Harrison riding a parade float as unemployed laborers suffer. Also on the parade float we see William Wade Dudley, Renfield Proctor, “Corporal” James Tanner, “Headsman” Clarkson, P. Wanamaker, Matthew Quay and James Blaine. The carriage is pulled by “Law Partner” Miller and Russell Harrison (the president’s son), the latter bearing a note reading, “I Have Dined With the Queen.”

The things I go through just to give you these little tidbits. It took forever to find a decent, non-wonky scan of this. I hope you consider the trouble worth the effort!

EDIT: “De-lazied” it a bit with a bit of updated info, on 7/14/17
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)
2017-05-12 05:40 pm

[The Weekly Puck] Luggage Racket

Campaign Duty



by Joseph Keppler (1877)

campaign duty (1877)


“My dear, what are you doing?”
“Practicing, my love, practicing for our little exodus.”


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