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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.
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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) (Boss Croker inflated)

Out Again!



by Joseph Keppler (1891)

out again (1891)


Posted without comment
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To the American Voter



by Frederick Opper (1888)

to the american voter (1888)

Will you put a “Power behind the Throne” for the next Four Years?



Lazy Curator™ sez: Why yes, I believe they would. I certainly hope my posting this image does not become ironic in three months time!

[sigh] I’m a bad curator! I posted this image out of order, again! It’s the prequel to this one, which I’ve already posted. Oh well! Life goes on!
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“In Suspense”



by Joseph Keppler (1891)

in suspense (1891)


Giant Blaine.—To eat or not to eat—that is the question! I suppose I ought to be dieting—but wouldn’t he make a juicy mouthful!


A giant James Blaine keeps a tiny Benjamin Harrison in a cage, frying pan and fork at the ready. Note the bottle of “Retirement Tonic” on the table.
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President Harrison and His Cabinet



by Joseph Keppler (1889)

president harrison and his cabinet (1889)


NOTE.—We are requested by an intimate friend of Mr. Harrison to announce that there will be no “Premier” in his cabinet, except for Mr. Harrison himself.


Lazy Curator™ sez: A scale over the Capitol Building displays an enormous James Blaine on one side (casting a shadow over the U.S. Treasury) and Benjamin Harrison sharing the other side with the rest of his cabinet (casting a shadow over the White House). Thanks to this image from the LOC (and name tags helpfully provided by Mr. Keppler), LC™ can positively identify these gentlemen as:

  • W. H. H. Miller (Attorney General)

  • John Wanamaker (Postmaster General)

  • J. W. Noble (Secretary of the Interior)

  • B. F. Tracey (Secretary of the Navy)

  • Renfield Proctor (Secretary of War)

  • William Windom (Secretary of the Treasury*)

  • Jeremiah Rusk (Secretary of Agriculture)


  • This might be a new low for Wonky Scan. I don’t know whether to place the blame on Google™ Books or the librarian who originally scanned this. EDIT: Fixed it with a spiffy new scan!

    *yes, he is the great-grandfather of William Windom the 20th Century character actor. You can actually see the family resemblance
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    Cleveland’s Entry Into Washington—March 4th, 1885.



    by Joseph Keppler (1885)

    cleveland's entry into washington march 4th 1885


    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows Grover Cleveland riding the Democratic donkey past the "Republican R.R.R. Hotel" on the way to his inauguration; he is surrounded by a host of characters that includes many political figures and newspaper editors, including Joseph F. Keppler with his diminutive character Puck. Among those depicted are: Roscoe Conkling, George Edmunds, Augustus Garland, "Hampton", "William H. Barnum", L.Q.C. Lamar, "Grace", "Jones", Joseph Pulitzer, James G. Bennett, Henry B. Ward, Samuel J. Randall, Thomas Hendricks, Abram S. Hewitt, U.S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, "McDonas", Daniel Manning, George W. Curtis, Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel J. Tilden, Thomas F. Bayard (carrying a flag that states "Public Office is a Public Trust. G. Cleveland"), Joseph Medill, William C. Endicott, John Logan, James G. Blaine, Carl Schurz, William F. Vilas, Cox, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, Henry Watterson, and Hermann "Raster". Also shown is Puck's Independent Party and papers labeled "Compliments of C.A. Dana".


    Lazy Curator™ says: I could swear I also see Murat Halstead (who, oddly, looks like Joseph Keppler here, only older and fatter)* and Whitelaw Reid in the crowd, too. And I so wanted to add this to my “Conkling in women’s clothes” tally, but I can’t. Because, strangely, it appears to be Carl Schurz in the dress. Go figure.

    Of course, I could just type “General Grant in his undies” here and my usual readership would see nothing else. Perverts.

    EDIT: The source of the spoof, for comparison.

    EDIT×2: My mistake, that’s Henry Watterson and not Murat Halstead.
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    The Biggest Joke of the Season



    by Joseph Keppler (1891)

    biggest joke of the season, the (1891)


    Mr. Blaine’s Candidate for 1892—According to the New York Tribune.


    James Blaine holds a tiny Benjamin Harrison (the then-current president, mind you) in his hand. See also: this image.
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    A Bigger Man Than Both of Them



    by Frederick Opper (1889)

    bigger man than both of them, a (1889)


    A gigantic Corporal Tanner looms over a sad-looking James G. Blaine, who in turn holds the Presidential Chair—and a typically tiny Benjamin Harrison—in his lap. Puck typically depicted Harrison as tiny (at 5'6", he was the second shortest US president after James Madison), wearing his grandfather’s hat which was too big for him (obvious symbolism). Blaine here is squashing the hat with his index finger.

    Puck artists always did a good job of giving Blaine goofy, frequently pathetic facial expressions. I almost feel sorry for him, then I remember he was...a bit of a jackass.
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    Another self portrait from the streets of Berkeley. Enjoy it, it’s your last of 2013:

     photo CAM00406_zps75f4758b.jpg


    Haven’t done too much with the upcoming Movie Explorer episode. Well, when I was waiting for a taping opportunity for the last episode, I wrote a large part of a long and protracted intro, but I haven’t worked on it since then. In the meantime, I did post Myra, finally. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular one (for me).

    In other news, look what [livejournal.com profile] albadger got me for [insert name of wintertime holiday here]:

    What could it be? )
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    Too Much Like Cæsar



    by C. J. Taylor (1895)

     photo toomuchlikecaesar1895_zps532f93b2.jpg


    Cassius Reed (to Brutus McKinley).— “Upon what meat doth this our Benjamin feed, that he hath grown so great?”


    The LOC sez:

    Print shows Benjamin Harrison as Caesar, standing in the foreground, wearing a Roman toga and a laurel wreath; Thomas B. Reed as Cassius and William McKinley as Brutus are standing in the background, wearing Roman togas, conversing, Reed holds a knife.
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    Good Advice for the Democratic Party



    Don’t Be Side Tracked!



    by Syd B. Griffin (1891)

     photo goodadviceforthedemocraticparty1891_zps0116b9df.jpg


    One of those images to laugh at and say, “Oh, the irony!” While Grover Cleveland would wrest control from Benjamin Harrison in 1892, the Democratic party would eventually fall under the spell of William Jennings Bryan and the Populists, for whom Free Silver was a major platform.
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    Puck’s Latest Sitters



    by Joseph Keppler (1888)

    Puck’s Latest Sitters (1888)


    Puck.—You may rest assured, Gentlemen, that I will do you full justice, as I did your distinguished predecessors.

    Self-explanatory. President-elect Benjamin Harrison and his running mate Levi Morton pose for a Puck portrait.

    Clearly, Keppler & Co. had not yet hit on the convention of depicting Harrison as ridiculously short and engulfed by his grandfather’s hat. Though his grandfather’s hat does indeed appear in the above image, see if you can spot it.
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    The Raven



    by Joseph Keppler (1890)




    This one comes with a poem. I hope I don’t need to tell you who it’s a parody of:

    Nevermore! )
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    A Pleasant Alternative



    by Frederick Opper (1889)



    President Benjamin Harrison, working on his inaugural address, is flanked on either side by two James Blaines. The one on the left holds a memo reading, “If you do appoint me I’ll run your administration!” while the one on the right holds one reading, “If you don’t appoint me I’ll ruin your administration!”

    I believe this is the first full-page, full-colour Opper I’ve featured.

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