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

President Garfield and His Cabinet



by Joseph Keppler (1881)

president garfield and his cabinet (1881)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Self-explanatory, a post to go along with the already-posted depictions of Grover Cleveland’s [first] cabinet and this rather backhanded image of Benjamin Harrison’s cabinet, which is clearly just a pretext to get another dig in at James Blaine. This image, on the other hand, is as “nice” a rendering as we’ve ever had of Blaine, or ever would. Pre-dating his controversial presidential bid probably helps in that regard.

Hey looky, William Windom served in someone else’s cabinet before Harrison! Who knew? Clearly not this dummy! And yes, Robert Todd Lincoln was indeed the son of Honest Abe. He even was considered as a presidential candidate at one point (as seen in this cartoon) but alas, ’twas not to be.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)

Puck’s Advice Gratis to Some Editorial Shriekers for Grant



by Joseph Keppler (1878)

puck's advice gratis to some editorial shriekers for grant (1878)


Don’t forget your “Man on Horseback”—but your man on foot has too many curs at his heels!


Posted without comment (for now)
progbear: Major-General Progbear (My handlebar)
Self-portrait from outside the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento:

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I was quite worried that my handlebars were going back to their droopy nature, but by Saturday they were behaving again, so all’s well with the world. Met up with [livejournal.com profile] aadroma alongside a passel of other bears at the contest. Supported Regev through the contest, even though he (undeservedly) did not win. We wound up at an Old Sacramento bar & grill for a late night dinner.

My weekend was rather sleep-deprived. I was supposed to guest on a podcast on Sunday, but that seemed to fall through due to poor internet communication. Oh well, if it ever happens in the future I’ll be sure to let you guys know about it.

It’s typical that any time I get an important phone call, I happen to be taking a shower or am otherwise unavailable to answer the phone. Oh sure, any time I get a telemarketing call, I’m easily available, but when I get a call about upcoming employment, it deploys to voicemail before I can pick up. Oh well, at least it does seem the gears are turning (turns out, G______ down at Santa Cruz district was on vacation, and it seems she’s the only one down there who knows what she’s doing) and I’ll know more soon.

I’ll conclude this post with another photo from the contest.

Behind the cut, with some annotative text )
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Twenty Years After



by Samuel Ehrhart (1888)

twenty years after (1888)


Pension Agent.—And so you injured your eyesight in the Civil War? In what engagement was it?
Claimant.—My engagement as a proofreader for the
Century Magazine.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Ehrhart’s signature looks different here. One of his early contributions?
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Puck’s Pantheon



V. Burnside, the Beautiful.



by J. A. Wales (1879)

puck's pantheon v, burnside the beautiful (1879)


The Adonis of the Senate



Lazy Curator™ sez: I may have jumped the gun in posting my Labor Day-related image. So, as a consolation, allow me to post this cartoon depiction of Ambrose Burnside, the owner of perhaps the most celebrated and beloved facial hair of the Civil War era. When you look as good as he did, who can blame him for regarding himself in the mirror?
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Our National Dime Museum



by Udo J. Keppler (1898)

our national dime museum (1898)


Lazy Curator is turning over a new leaf for 2015, and has vowed not to be so lazy.....

Ha! Gotcha! Here’s what the LOC has to say about this pitcher:

Print shows a bloated Civil War veteran sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states "How the Fatman has grown. Number of Pensioners over 30 Years After the Close of the War 976,014. Number in waiting 200,000". On display next to him is Uncle Sam sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states "The Living Skeleton. He has run behind $46,000,000 in 5 months and the Fatman keeps on Worrying him". At the base of the pedestal where they are sitting is a sign that states "What it cost to raise Him. Pensions appropriation in 1866 $13,500,000... in 1897 $142,000,000. Unless policy is entirely changed it will soon require - $160,000,000.

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