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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]
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In Sight of the Promised Land



by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

in sight of the promised land (1882)


Lazy Curator™ sez: First of all, let me apologize for the clunky seam on this one. This was the only full-sized image where both sides were in color that I could find. Image shows Grover Cleveland leading pilgrims to the Capitol, marked 1884. Some of those pictured: Charles A. Dana and Henry Watterson (blowing horns), L. Q. C. Lamar (crawling on the rock), Samuel Tilden (riding piggy-back), Allen Thurman, Thomas Bayard, John Kelly (leopard-skin is a good look for him!) and Benjamin Butler.
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Puck’s Thanksgiving Dinner to the Destitute and Disappointed Politicians and Labor Agitators



by Joseph Keppler (1887)

puck's thanksgiving dinner to the destitute and disappointed politicians and labor agitators (1887)


Deviantart user RD-DD1843 says:

In the wake of their defeats in 1884 to 1886, Joseph Keppler's "Mr. Puck" serves "cold consolation" and "caustic sauce to various Republican or third party figures. Head of the table is Senator Willaim Malone of Virginia (wearing a Confederate Uniform - he was a Confederate Major General in Lee's Army), followed by James G. Blane (the loser of the election for President in a squeaker), and diminutive Tom Platt of New York State (rebuilding his shattered career in New York Republican circles - in 1881 he shared the end of his then U.S. Senatorial career with Senator Roscoe Conkling, when he was caught with a prostitute in Albany during a special re-election by the New York State Legislature; however Platt eventually was boss of the Republican Party again by the 1890s). Blaine's plumed knight helmet next to him is based on the 1876 "Plumed Knight" speech by prominent lecturer, agnostic, and Republican Robert Ingersoll at that year's nomination convention - which Blaine lost out to "Dark Horse" reformer Rutherford Hayes of Ohio, but the speech became very famous and the nickname for Blaine stuck. Newspaper editor of the "New York Tribune", Whitlaw Reid, heads the back side of the table of losers, followed by New York City reformers Father McGlynn and Henry George - glaring at McGlynn - who lost the 1886 election for Mayor to Abram Hewitt, Republican Senators John Sherman of Ohio and William Evarts of New York (who were Secretaries of the Treasury and State in Hayes' cabinet, but neither of whom could be nominated for the Presidency themselves), and Democrat turned Greenback, former Massachusetts Congressman and Governor, and Union Civil War Major General Benjamin Franklin "Spoons" Butler, who also failed (in 1884) first to get the Democratic nomination instead of Grover Cleveland, and then failed to beat Cleveland.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Also present at the dinner table: Henry B. Lovering, Frederick D. Grant, Harrison H. Riddleberger and Terence Powderly.

On the wall behind them, a painting depicting noted publishers Charles A. Dana and Henry Pulitzer as fighting game-cocks, and another showing The Downfall of Atlas, with Atlas (again, resembling Henry George) having failed to carry a shattered sphere marked “United Party of Labor”).

This image required substantial surgery, as poor “Little Billy” was sat right in the middle of the seam. He kind of looks a little weird to me still.

EDIT: Updated, with additional info (which I wanted to include earlier, but I was in a rush).
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Political Personals



by Frederick Opper (1886)

political personals (1886)


Lazy Curator™ sez: I could transcribe all that text, but do you really expect me to spend the time to do so? I could identify all the depicted parties, but I’m going to make you do the work. Check the tags for hints if you must. How’s that for laziness?

On the other hand, I already have next week’s entry uploaded and ready to go. But I’m going to make you wait for it. SUFFER! [villainous laughter]
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Puck’s Pyrotechnics



Fourth-of-July Fireworks Free to All



by “Opper & Co.” (1882)

puck's pyrotechnics (1882)


The LOC says:

Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand holding a smoldering torch which may represent Bartholdi's hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. On the left is a pagoda labeled "Puck Office" and on the right is a building labeled "Tammany Hall". Among the fireworks are many faces of politicians and other prominent figures of the day, some labeled by type of firework, such as "Chicago Shower", Arthur, Grant, Conkling, Logan and Cameron; "Tumbler", Tilden; "Twister", Schurz; "The Falling Tammany Star", Kelly; "Bomb", Davis; "Junk Whizzler", Robeson; "Polar Rocket", Bennett; "Buster", Butler; and "Star Route Staggerer", Dorsey. Others shown are James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton(?), Thomas De Witt Talmage, and Theodore Tilton.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Only a couple of days late on this. “Twinkler” seems to be N. Y. Mayor W. R. Grace. I’m guessing “Opper & Co.” means that a bunch of the Puck staff got in on the fun with this one.
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Blundering Again



by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

blundering again (1883)


The LOC says:

Print shows a group of Democrats on a log raft that is breaking up within sight of land, with two logs labeled "New Jersey [and] New York" coming loose and drifting away; there is a small sail labeled "Democra[...] Record". Some are fighting amongst themselves, Allen G. Thurman is about to hit George Hoadly who is holding a paper labeled "Dem. Nomination for Gov. Ohio Hoadly", John Kelly is fighting with Hubert O. Thompson who is holding a knife labeled "County Dem", behind them is Alexander V. Davidson labeled "Irving Hall" and holding a knife, others seem on the brink of despair, including Abram S. Hewitt gnawing on a bone labeled "Tariff", Charles A. Dana defiant of fate, Thomas F. Bayard sitting with his elbows on his knees, Winfield Scott Hancock who appears to have succombed, Thomas Hendricks chewing on his fingers, an unidentified man searching the horizon, Henry Watterson, and Samuel J. Tilden, only Benjamin F. Butler shows any sign of hope as he points toward shore and the U.S. Capitol labeled "1884".


Lazy Curator™ sez: The “unidentified man” could be L. Q. C. Lamar, but don’t quote me on that.

Haven’t had a cartoon featuring Breakout Superstar H. O. T. in a while, so I figured I owed you one. Here’s as close to an actual photograph of the man I’ve yet found:

Behind the cut to save BW )

EDIT: Updated the scan already! Pity the sorrows of poor C. A. Dana, forever cursed to reside in the center seam of gatefold images.
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The Magnetic Bunco-Steerer and His Confederate



by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

magnetic bunco-steerer and his confederate, the (1884)


Hungry Ben.—“How are you, Mr. Workingman? What!—don’t you remember me? I’m your old friend! Say—just let me put you onto a nice little scheme—”
Workingman.—“No, sirree! I’ve been there before.”


The LOC says:

Illustration shows, at left, on the sidewalk outside a gambling room labeled "Monopoly Club Shades", James G. Blaine and Benjamin F. Butler cornering a "Workingman" and trying to steer him into the gaming room; on the right, sitting around a table with playing cards are Russell Sage, William W. Phelps, George M. Robeson, Jay Gould, and John Roach, and standing is Cyrus W. Field; on a shelf is a bust of William H. Vanderbilt beneath a sign that states "The Public Be D--" and between notices that state "No Straight Flushes in this House" and "This is a Bluff Game - No Limit", and between boxes of "Brag Chips" and "Bluster Cards".


Lazy Curator™ sez: Hmmm...posting images from the 1884 Presidential campaign? I wonder why.

W. W. Phelps holding the “Little Joker” makes me giggle.
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Valentines Social and Political



by Frederick Opper (1888)

valentines social and political (1888)


If You Don’t See What You Want, Ask for It.



Lazy Curator™ sez: Did I say the one I posted last year was the last of these? That’ll teach me to make such ridiculous pronouncements!

Not transcribing these, not out of laziness but because of the incompleteness caused by the scanning. I’m sure these bound editions seemed like a good idea at the time, but they don’t make the latter-day librarian’s job very easy, especially when it comes to scanning these elaborate gatefold images. To prove I’m not totally lazy, I’ll even identify some of the personages depicted: William Chandler, W. T. Sherman, James G. Blaine, Carl Schurz, David Hill, Charles A. Dana, Henry Pulitzer, Henry George, Whitelaw Reid (as a dairy maid!), Jay Gould, John J. Ingalls, Benjamin Butler and William Evarts (as a giraffe).
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Puck’s Pantheon.



IV.

Ben Deadeye



by J. A. Wales (1879)

puck's pantheon iv, ben deadeye (1879)


“I’m unpleasant to look at, and my name is agin me.” —Unknown drama by anonymous authors


Oh, how I wish I had access to the early issues of 1879 well before this. It would have made introducing the dramatis personæ of Puck that much easier! Here we have J. A. Wales’ version of frequent Puck whipping boy Benjamin Butler. Bonus points for the Gilbert & Sullivan reference.

And lest you think their constant potshots at Mr. Butler’s looks was a bit harsh, um...just look at his portrait. If anything, they were holding back. Not only did they save ink by not lovingly reproducing every pock-mark and unsightly blemish on Mr. Butler’s face, they retained their large audience who did not recoil in horror each time he was depicted within Puck’s pages.

Jeez! Where did that come from? Now who’s being harsh?
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Midsummer Night’s Dream



by Joseph Keppler (1880)

midsummer night's dream (1880)


Lazy Curator™ is flying this one solo. Among those depicted in this image: Roscoe Conkling (riding a broomstick backwards!), Puck (holding a donkey-head mask), James Garfield, Uncle Sam, Winfield Hancock, Henry Ward Beecher, Samuel Tilden, John Kelly, Columbia, Benjamin Butler (as a frog), Carl Schurz (as a stick-insect), Cornelius Vanderbilt (in a lacy night-dress!), Chester A. Arthur (as a beetle), Jay Gould and Cyrus Field.

Conkling in women’s clothes tally = 5. And has it really been three years since I last updated that? I’m way overdue! Also: wonky scan strikes again!

EDIT: Not to be confused with this image
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Puck’s Fourth-of-July Picnic, 1881



by Joseph Keppler (1881)

puck's fourth-of-july picnic, 1881


Another delightfully dense image from Keppler, similar to this summer-themed one. Some of the featured picnickers include (more or less left-to-right, top-to-bottom):

  • Ulysses S. Grant (upper left, leaning on tree)

  • Carl Schurz (playing toy piano)

  • John Kelly (falling from “Try Your Weight” contraption)

  • Samuel Tilden (using “Lung Tester”)

  • David Davis (the “giant” on “Giant and Dwarf” poster)

  • William Russell Grace (pushing woman on swing)

  • Rutherford B. Hayes (in background between trees, carrying suitcases)

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt (running towards a basket marked “Free Lunch”)

  • Peter Cooper (the rightmost of the two running figures at the upper right)

  • Henry Ward Beecher (blindfolded and surrounded by women, lower left)

  • Thomas DeWitt Talmage (leftmost of the two figures leading Puck by the hand)

  • Charles A. Dana (at the page break, with sailor’s hat and cane)

  • Whitelaw Reid (to Dana’s immediate right, with flowered hat, umbrella and cigarette)

  • James Garfield (on the left side of teeter-totter)

  • Roscoe Conkling (being catapulted from the right end of the teeter-totter)

  • Jay Gould (rightmost of the two figures playing cards, wearing black top hat)

  • Benjamin Butler (lower right, flirting with woman)
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    Valentines for 1880



    by Joseph Keppler (1880)

    valentines for 1880


    As is usual, Lazy Curator cannot be bothered to transcribe the entire text of these, but will provide some “translation”:

  • U.S.G., of course, stands for Ulysses S. Grant

  • S.J.T. stands for Samuel J. Tilden

  • The flower in “To the Widow” (bottom center) is made to resemble Benjamin Butler


  • This is the last of the Valentine’s Day specials I have managed to wrangle up. For the record, the others are 1882 and 1884. I think they stopped doing them after 1885 (but like I said before, MAD Magazine, who occupied the Puck building, started doing them again in the 1960s).
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    The New Leader and the Old Chorus



    by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

    new leader and the old chorus, the (1885)


    The LOC sez:

    Illustration shows John Logan labeled "New Leader" of the Republican Party, the "party of Reform and Puritee", holding a paper that states "Logan Speec[h] at Boston July 1885", standing in the street between the White House and the U.S. Treasury, leading a chorus of tramps identified as "J. Gould, Field, Mahone, Roach, Riddleberger, T. Platt, Ex leader [James G. Blaine], Robeson, Keifer, Chandler, Brady, [and] Dorsey", and an unidentified blind man who looks like Benjamin F. Butler; some carry battered hand-pails labeled "Empty Hopes". On the U.S. Treasury is a sign "Notice No Tramps" and on the White House, where President Cleveland is leaning out a window, is another sign that states "No Tramps Admitted". Uncle Sam, as a policeman, is leaning against the wall.


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Bless you, LOC, for making my job easy. They don’t call me “Lazy Curator” for nothing!

    Hmmm...has Logan put on weight since ’84, or is this another one we can chalk up to “off-model”?

    William Mahone tag added. It was overdue.
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    The Presidential Recruiting Office



    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    presidential recruiting office, the (1884)


    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows the interior of a recruiting office for the presidency with Uncle Sam and Puck examining potential recruits against a height chart labeled, from low to high, "Notoriety, Popularity, Capability, Honesty, [and at the top] Statesmanship"; a number of men, in various states of undress, have been rejected for a variety of reasons, "Evarts Too Long-Winded, [U.S. Grant] Retired, [Conkling] Too Pigeon-Breasted, [Thomas C. Platt] Me Too Little, Mahone Must be Readjusted, J.B. Rejected Too Crooked, Dana Rejected - Too Shortsighted, [Logan] Grammar Feeble, [Arthur] Rejected No Backbone, [Davis] Short Winded, Sherman Bloody Shirt Mania, [Kelly] Pig-Headed, Payne Oil on the Brain, Randall Protection Madness, Bayard Unstable, [Tilden] Rejected Cipher Catarrh, [and] B[utler] Can't See Straight". Five tall men, "Admitted to the Competition", standing on the right, are "Hewitt, Carlisle, Morrison, Lincoln [and] Edmunds O.K."


    Lazy Curator sez: From before Grover Cleveland threw his hat into the ring? Also: “must be readjusted”? Ha ha! I get it! Incidentally, Lincoln does indeed refer to Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Honest Abe.

    I owe you two again this week. I’ll try to work on the next one tomorrow.
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    Now Let the Show Go On!



    Arrival of the Political Columbine to Join the Political Clown



    by Frederick Opper (1884)

     photo nowlettheshowgoon1884_zps5fa80a5a.jpg


    Shows Benjamin Butler as Clown and Belva Lockwood as Columbine. Lockwood was the first woman to appear on ballots (in 1884 and 1888) as a Presidential candidate, and in the years before women had the right to vote at that.

    And yes, the implication here is that Lockwood couldn’t be taken seriously as a candidate because she was a woman. Lovely. Sadly, a product of its time.
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    The Sleeping Party



    by Bernard Gilliam (1885)

     photo thesleepingparty1885_zpsa25e0f04.jpg


    She Bungled With the Civil Service Reform Distaff and She and All Her Court Were Condemned to Sleep for ____ Years.


    The Library of Congress sez:

    Illustration shows a woman labeled "Republican Party" asleep in the background, with members of her court, some dressed as women, also asleep, in the foreground; depicted are Whitlaw [sic] Reid, Murat Halstead, Russell Sage, John Roach, Jay Gould, Benjamin F. Butler, James G. Blaine, William H. Vanderbilt, John Logan, Cyrus W. Field, two dogs labeled "Phila. Press" and "Chicago Tribune", Chester A. Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, William W. Phelps, John Sherman, Simon Cameron, George F. Hoar, Alonzo B. Cornell, Stephen W. Dorsey, Thomas J. Brady, William M. Evarts, George M. Robeson, William E. Chandler, and Joseph W. Keifer.


    Lazy Curator™ sez:

    They misspelled Whitelaw Reid’s name, misidentified Donald Cameron and missed out Jay Gould, to Vanderbilt’s left. [does the “smarter than the LOC” dance, a distant cousin of the Church Lady’s “Superior” dance]

    Another gorgeous bit of artwork from Bernard Gilliam. Circa 1884-85, the man was completely on fire. Absolutely stunning! By all means, click through to the full-size and appreciate the detail. To think that this magazine once cost a dime an issue!
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    Missed!



    “No turkey for you this year, Benjamin!”



    by Bernard Gilliam (1883)

     photo missed1883_zps3fbe6f66.jpg


    Benjamin Butler shown swinging and missing at a turkey marked “Governorship,” with an axe marked “Demagogism.”
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    Capadura Promotional Trading Card



    by Joseph Keppler (1880)

    Boss See-gar


    Grant: No use talking, the Capadura is the boss segar.
    Hayes: I reckon you’re right, old man.
    Butler: You bet.


    Tee hee! “Segar.” Is anyone else imagining that pronounced on the first syllable à la Yosemite Sam?

    This is the first bit of advertising featured in The Weekly Puck and, in spite of Puck appearing in the lower right corner, the first bit of artwork that wasn’t featured in the magazine proper. This was a promotional trading card that used the images of Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Butler and Ulysses S. Grant to hawk nickel cigars. There’s also a hilarious twist of irony in that of the three men depicted, the only one I could conceivably imagine smoking these is Butler; it might explain why he had a face like a potato. Grant was, of course, a chain-smoker, but I bet he wouldn’t touch these cheap things with a ten-foot pole. As for Uncle Rutherford, well, Lucy wouldn’t let him drink, what makes you think she’d let him smoke?
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    Puck’s Picnic



    Puck and His Contributors by the Sea



    by Joseph Keppler (1879)

    Puck’s Picnic


    A week too soon for summer? Perhaps. But it’s never too soon for fun in the sun, if the weather’s right!

    Wish I had a better scan of this one but this is another fun, complex image with tons of detail from our beloved elder Keppler. See how many you can identify (HINT: if you zoom in to the Google Books image, you can read some of the name tags). I definitely see the following in the above image: Samuel J. Tilden, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ben Butler, Carl Schurz, James Blaine, William Evarts, Thomas De Witt Talmage, Roscoe Conkling, John Kelly, Henry Ward Beecher, Ulysses S. Grant, Peter Cooper, William Henry Vanderbilt, David Davis and Jay Gould.

    In other words, quite a party. Who’s up for a weenie roast?

    EDIT: Updated the image, now in glorious chromolithograph colour!
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    The Olympus of Corruption



    “Apollo Strikes the Lyre and Charms the Gods”



    by Bernard Gilliam (1884)

    The Olympus of Corruption (1884)


    Another commemoration of James G. Blaine’s failed bid for the presidency, and another gorgeous, detailed gatefold artwork courtesy of the immensely talented Gilliam.

    Blaine plays a lyre marked “N.Y. Tribune” (with a figurehead resembling Whitelaw Reid), his sack of music filled with “lies.”

    Among those depicted: Jay Gould as Jupiter, George Robeson as Neptune (bearing a basket of dead fish marked “Navy Jobs”), Charles A. Dana as Minerva (holding a jar of ink labelled “Spite”), J. Warren Keifer as Hercules, John Logan as Mars and Ben Butler as Venus. Stephen Dorsey and Thomas Brady (see “Star Route Scandal”) appear as Raphael cherubs.

    Note Blaine’s tattoos. Not to mention that Logan is obviously flirting with Butler. Now that was pushing the envelope for 1884!

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