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A Feeling Heart



by Carl Elder von Stur (1881)

feeling heart, a (1881)


Blotts.—“Why do you put your portrait in your window?”
Snobbs.—“Well, opposite is a young ladies’ institute, and as I am obliged to be away from my window all day, attending to business, I leave the poor things my picture to comfort ’em.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: I’m looking for just the right sarcastic response to Mr. Snobbs. I mean, look at him! (Yes, I know, that’s the joke!)
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Untitled (Valentines for 1891)



by Frederick Opper (1891)

valentines 1891


Lazy Curator™ sez: Opper was only lavishing us with a mere four Valentines this year. I’m guessing his disaffection with Puck was beginning to show, and he had one foot out the door.

What we have here: William McKinley as “A Hayseed Hasbeen,” John James Ingalls as “An Unheeded Shrew,” William M. Evarts as “A Back-Number” and David Hill as “An Ambitious Boy.”

As usual, my title precludes me from transcribing any more text than that. Deal with it!
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The Perils of Journalism



by F. M. Hutchins (1895)

perils of journalism, the (1895)


Managing Editor.—Here’s a cigar for you, Collums.
Collums
(inspecting it dubiously).—Is this a gift or an assignment, Sir?


Posted without comment
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Didn’t Have Ten Dollars



by C. J. Taylor (1892)

didn't have ten dollars (1892)


Weary Raggles.—What became of your friend, Frayed Keegan?
Tomato Canby.—He is doing the Robinson Crusoe act.
Weary Raggles.—What is that?
Tomato Canby.—Gone to live on the “Island.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: I could swear that Weary Raggles is a recurring character. I really don’t feel like sifting through the five year backlog of Weekly Puck entries to find his previous appearance, but I would not at all be surprised to learn that Taylor is pilfering from Samuel Ehrhart. I could have sworn that “funny tramp names” was his “thing.”
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Another Matterhorn Catastrophe



by J. A. Wales (1881)

another matterhorn catastrophe


Lazy Curator™ is soloing this one without the aid of the LOC. Because he’s all hopped up on over-confidence. Or maybe it’s caffeine?

Image shows Ulysses S. Grant attempting to scale the “Matterhorn Mountain Road to the Summit of the Matterhorn” while clinging to a fragile-looking branch marked “Popularity.” With his other hand, he’s holding on to Roscoe Conkling (holding a staff reading “Senatorial Courtesy”) by the hair. At the end of the rope dangles Thomas Platt, strangled by the neck.

On the far side of the crevasse, James Blaine and James Garfield sit on the cliff, having a leisurely conversation. I unfortunately can’t read what it says on Garfield’s staff.

Maybe I should have consulted the LOC after all?
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Hints for Preventing Cholera



by Frederick Opper (1884)

hints for preventing cholera (1884)


  • Bathe frequently, even if it takes an effort of will-power to do it.

  • Let certain kinds of fruit alone. [Such as the above.]

  • Beware the deadly ice-cream. [Young men may send tokens of gratitude to this office.]

  • Avoid violent exercise [Ask your boarding house landlady to cut your steak for you.]

  • Don’t indulge in too much tobacco. If you
  • must smoke, borrow a cigar from a friend.
  • Don’t walk too rapidly. District Telegraph boys never have cholera.


  • Lazy Curator™ sez: I was extra-lazy last week, and owe you an extra. Which is coming...in a few moments. Have faith and be patient.
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    The Pet of the Monopolists



    by J. A. Wales (1881)

    pet of the monopolists, the (1881)


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Sorry for the post-and-run, but hey, General Grant! It must be Sweeps Week here at the Weekly Puck!
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    A Necessary Precaution



    by Samuel Ehrhart (1890)

    necessary precaution, a (1890)


    Rhoades.—What are you doing with that chart and compass? Going to Africa to look for Stanley’s temper?
    Desque.—No. I’m going over to dine with Bridges to-night in Brooklyn, and I want to be sure I can find my way home.


    Lazy Curator™ sez: More of those fantastic Ehrhart names.
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    Unaccustomed to Capital Society



    by A. B. Shultz (1887)

    unaccustomed to capital society (1887)


    Young Washingtonian (to Stranger).—The ball last evening was a very pleasant affair, sir.
    Stranger.—So I hear. I would have liked to attend it very much; but I received no invitation.
    Young Washingtonian.—No invita—Oh, I see, you are a stranger in the city.
    Stranger.—Yes, sir.


    Posted without comment.
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    To the Chicago Convention



    by Joseph Keppler (1880)

    to the chicago convention (1880)


    A steam engine named Imperator bears the cigar-smoking head of Ulysses S. Grant on its smokestack. Roscoe Conkling is the engineer, Donald Cameron the conductor, and John A. Logan the fireman, stoking the fires with Solid South Coal.

    Lots of other details here. I won’t go into everything but there’s an “Orpheus C Car” bringing up the rear, bearing George Robeson (definitely) and (possibly) W. W. Belknap, James Garfield and George Henry Williams. “G.W.C.,” Carl Schurz and Puck are seen mourning the death of a woman wearing a “Republican Party” sash (apparently having collided with the train). In the background, William T. Sherman and James G. Blaine can be seen on horseback.

    UPDATE: Fixed the “wonky scan” problem in this satirical image of President Harrison’s cabinet.
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    A Dangerous Flirtation



    With a Very Naughty Man



    by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

    dangerous flirtation, a (1882)


    John Kelly eyes the girls at “Cornell Institute (Morals, High-Toned Deportment)” with wicked intent. He is smoking a cigar and walking a bizarre dog/bottle hybrid marked “Tammany Spirits.” The young damsels bear fans and hankies marked “Republicans Alliance.”

    It seems the New Year means posting things I’ve just had lying around the place. This one’s been sitting on the old hard drive since last February, so I guess it’s about time I posted it. I don’t seem to have as many of these “orphans” this year as I did a year ago.
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    Long to Be Remembered



    by Frederick Opper (1886)

    long to be remembered (1886)


    Wife (returning from matinée).—Oh, it was too lovely! She had on a pale nile green silk, with bands of passementerie down the front, and the grandest diamonds you ever saw, and when she died, in the last act, she rolled over four times, and every woman in the house was crying. I never enjoyed a play so much in my life!


    Posted without comment.
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    The Light That Did Not Fail



    by Louis Dalrymple (1899)

     photo the light that did not fail 1899_zpsebb2ee4x.jpg


    “Got a light?”
    “No, sir.”

    “Oh, well! Never mind—”

    “—this’ll do nicely.”

    “Gee-whiz! That must have been Sandscow, the Human Hercules!”


    Lazy Curator™ sez: “Human Hercules” makes me laugh very hard. And they’re spoofing then-current celebrity Eugen Sandow.
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    The Political Sutler



    by Bernard Gilliam (1882)

     photo political sutler the 1882_zpsvqkmk209.jpg


    Lazy Curator sez: I apologize. I’m posting this image out of order. It was originally depicted in this later cartoon, which I posted before this one. Also sorry at the monochrome; this was originally published in full, glorious chromolithographic colour (as seen in various eBay auctions).

    Still have yet to track down the Donald Cameron cartoon referenced in that one. It’ll turn up eventually, no doubt.

    EDIT: And now it has!
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    Valentines for 1880



    by Joseph Keppler (1880)

     photo valentines for 1880_zpsg34lw2cb.jpg


    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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    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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    In the Stock Exchange Smoking Room



    by Syd B. Griffin (1888)

    In the Stock Exchange Smoking Room (1888)


    Coverly Shorts.—It’s a daisy, old man. I get them of a Cuban who smuggles them.
    Kirby Stone
    (breathing cautiously).—Say, Cov., why don’t you get the same Cuban to follow you ’round and smuggle the smoke?


    Posted without comment.
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    A Mid-Summer Day’s Dream



    by Joseph Keppler (1881)




    Click the image for the source. The caption reads:

    While Our Artist Sleeps, His Favorite Subjects Are Left to Do Justice to Themselves and Correct His Perceptions.


    I love this one! It’s so meta! In short, a Keppler self-portrait with “chibi” versions of his pet targets painting portraits of their self-images. Clockwise from the lower left we find: Ben Butler, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas De Witt Talmage, Henry Ward Beecher, John Kelly, J. Gordon Bennett (?), Samuel Tilden (perched on his knee!), Roscoe Conkling and Peter Cooper. Also note the bonus “self-portrait” of Whitelaw Reid at the upper right.
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    Not at All the Same Thing



    by Bernard Gilliam (1881)




    The caption reads:

    GRANT:—“Now, Chester, my boy, we shall have a great chance to promote the Third Term!”
    ARTHUR:—“Hum—ha—yes—but, you see, General, I’ve only just begun my first! Time enough for that when I’m well into my SECOND!”


    Oh, lordy, lordy, where to even start here? Lots to discuss here, so let’s not waste time with the preliminaries...

    It’s amazing that such a seemingly throwaway gag image winds up positively dripping with subtext, isn’t it? Let’s examine the possible different readings this image can have:

  • THE FACE-VALUE READING: Grant is so shocked by Arthur’s startling comment that he drops his lit cigar.

  • THE FREUDIAN READING: The dropped cigar represents Grant being symbolically “castrated” by Arthur’s comment.

  • THE PERVERTED SLASH-FICTION READING: Cover up the caption and look at this image again. I rest my case. In fact, if I know my audience like I think I do, I’m pretty sure most of you were already coming up with your own filthy alternate captions for this image well before you read this sentence. Am I right?

  • THE “IRONIC IN HINDSIGHT” READING:Was Arthur so deluded that he thought he stood a chance at a second term, much less a third? It was pretty much visible from space that he would not win his party’s nomination in 1884. That didn’t stop him from attempting to run anyway so perhaps he was that big of an egotist.


  • Original image here.

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