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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).
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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.
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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.
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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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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?
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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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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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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
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Her True Knight



by Joseph Keppler (1887)

her true knight (1887)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Click through and enlarge all that damn text your own damn self!

Here we see Democratic Party Elsa being romanced by “Lohengrin” Cleveland, facing off against rival “Telramund” Hill and his advisor “Ortrud” Pulitzer. Behind them is a “Mugwump” swan and banners reading “Jacksonian Bourbons,” “Heelers and Spoilsmen” and “Reform Is a Humbug and a Fraud.”

I hate to keep obsessing on this single issue, but I had to post this to prove I wasn’t going nuts in my old age and that the elder Keppler had, in fact, depicted David Bennett Hill. He has. Here’s proof. Moving on...

Now that I’ve posted this, I can’t help but marvel at how much Elsa resembles Kate Bush.
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The Fashionable Smuggler



by Eugene Zimmerman (1883)

fashionable smuggler, the (1883)


  • The custom-house officer asked him to wait a minute

  • And he waited.


  • Lazy Curator™ sez: Not a lot to say about this particular entry. Pretty cut-and-dry. However, I have gone on a long audit of past entries and underwent a much-needed update to the tags. I haven’t been completely thorough and haven’t tagged every last personage who ever appeared in one of these. I’ll let my reader base decide the demand; there aren’t any Samuel Tilden or Thomas Bayard tags yet, but if I get requests for such (or similar) I’ll go ahead and add them.

    Also, I went on an exhaustive update (annotation-wise) of this classic entry. Enjoy!
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    “Maybe It Won’t Take, Bill”



    by L. M. Glackens (1907)

    maybe it won't take bill (1907)


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Self-explanatory, William Howard Taft is having a “Presidential Vaccine” administered by Teddy Roosevelt. Using a scalpel! Ouch! If that’s the way they used to do it, it really puts getting a shot in perspective!
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    Some “Children” of the Present Day



    by Frederick Opper (1886)

    some children of the present day (1886)


    Santa Claus.—“Well, they don’t seem to have much use for me! They’re like a lot of little old men and women! If they’re going to get like this, I may as well retire from business!”


    Lazy Curator™ sez: O dear! I wonder who the horribly racist toy is intended for?
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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 Joseph 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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    A Humiliating Spectacle



    (See—Gospel According to St. Matthew XXVII, 35—Revised Edition)



    by Joseph Keppler (1881)

    humiliating spectacle, a (1881)


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Can’t be true to my name with this one. The left panel shows James Garfield on his death bed with the Angel of Death hanging over him. The right panel shows Roscoe Conkling and Chester Arthur as Roman soldiers before the Executive Chair, Conkling bearing a mantle reading “Patronage”. In the foreground, Stephen Dorsey (with Star Route helmet), Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas Platt gamble with dice.

    This goes into my Top Five of Keppler’s images that would be suitable for framing and hanging on the wall. The use of color in this one is simply stunning!
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    He Instituted the Ordeal—Can He Stand It Himself?

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    he instituted the ordeal can he stand it himself (1884)


    Uncle Sam,—“We have heard from Mr. Cleveland. Now then, Mr. Blaine, you made this issue; it is your turn to step up and—Tell the Truth!”


    elections.harpweek.com says:

    This cartoon contrasts the character and scandals of the two major-party presidential nominees, Democrat Grover Cleveland and Republican James Blaine. When allegations arose that, in his youth, Cleveland had fathered a child out of wedlock, the Democratic nominee told his campaign managers to "Tell the Truth." Supporters contended that his actions after the indiscretion, and following its revelation in the press in the summer of 1884, were both exemplary. Cleveland stands honorably before a jury of voters, one hand in his coat in a Napoleonic gesture. Uncle Sam, rising under an inscribed quote about mercy, taken from an Alexander Pope poem, demands that Blaine now take the witness stand.

    The Republican nominee, however, attempts to sneak away. He is dressed in a garish, checked suit of a confidence-man (swindler), with the pockets stuffed with papers which identify his railroad scandals. The gun on the table, with the tag "Blaine's Substitute Gun-Never Used," refers to criticism of Cleveland for hiring a substitute to fight for him in the Civil War. Blaine served in the Maine state legislature and Congress during the Civil War. Although "Blaine's Private Life" is locked, a scandal would arise concerning his marriage and whether he, too, fathered a child out of wedlock. The cartoonist erroneously blames Blaine himself for breaking the Cleveland scandal to the press.


    Lazy Curator™ sez: I’m posting photos from the election of 1884 again. Wonder why? I don’t usually ask this, but could we have history repeat this time, just this once? Please?
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    A Grand Shakesperian Revival



    (Which we have but little hope of seeing on the stage of the National Capitol)



    by Joseph Keppler (1881)

    grand shakespearian revival, a (1881)


    The LOC says:

    Print shows Chester A. Arthur as King Henry IV on a cobblestone street, with Jay Gould and William H. Vanderbilt holding his cape, and accompanied by John P. Jones; he is accosted by Roscoe "Sir John" Conkling who proposes to speak on behalf of Thomas C. "Master Shallow" Platt, behind them are Thomas J. Brady and Stephen W. Dorsey. Ulysses S. Grant and John A. Logan are standing on the left, at the head of Arthur's entourage. Includes text for brief exchange between Arthur and Conkling from "(2nd Part of King Henry IV, Act V - Sc. 5)".


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Per my name, I can’t be bothered to transcribe all that text. It’s just Shakespeare with name substitution anyways. Read a book!
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    The First and Last Meetings of the Anti-Poverty Society



    by Frederick Opper (1887)

    first and last meetings of the anti-poverty society, the (1887)


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Sorry, but I fear I must Post-And-Run™ again today. Further discussion on this one will have to wait until another day.
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    “Blaine Will Be Vindicated in November” —N.Y. Tribune



    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    blaine will be vindicated in november (1884)


    Chorus of Non-Magnetic Swindlers.—“Why shouldn’t we be vindicated, too? We saw various channels in which we could be useful. We were no deadheads.”



    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows James G. Blaine, dressed like a Roman statesman, standing on a pedestal that states "What are you going to do about it", a phrase attributed to Boss Tweed. The ghost of Tweed stands behind Blaine, weeping, holding a paper that states "Why wasn't I vindicated? I cast my anchor windward too!!" At the base of the pedestal are books and papers, some labeled "20 Years Casting My Anchor to Windward", "Burn this", and "20 Years No Deadhead". Whitelaw Reid stands at center, appealing to Blaine. On the left are various bank officers who committed crimes and got caught, some hold papers that state "I saw various channels in which I could be useful. President Dodd, Bank Breaker", "I cast an anchor to windward in the Marine Bank. J.D. Fish, Bank Breaker", "I would 'sacrifice a great deal to get a settlement' Captain Howgate, U.S.A., Defaulter", "I did not prove a deadhead in the enterprise. A.S. Warner, Albion Bank Breaker", "I received very large sums of money without one dollar of expense. Ferdinand Ward, Swindler". Albert S. Warner was President of The First National Bank of Albion, O.L. Baldwin was a cashier at the Mechanics' National Bank in Newark, Henry W. Howgate (1834-1901) was a Disbursing Officer in the U.S. Signal Service.


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Ah, Gillam, you never disappoint!

    Should I feel bad for wanting to comfort the ghost of Tweed? Don’t answer that question.
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    Construction and Combustion — Hint for Our Architects



    by Joseph Keppler (?) (1881)

    construction and combustion (1881)


  • This Style of Architecture is Very Pretty; but it has its Disadvantages.

  • This Style isn’t so Picturesque; but it is more Satisfactory in Case of Fire.


  • Posted without comment.
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    Rip van Winkle’s Return



    by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

    rip van winkle's return (1883)


    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows a scene outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign; a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man wearing tattered clothing labeled "Democracy", he looks dazed, as though he has just wandered in from the past, his walking stick is dated "1861". Two dogs labeled "N.Y. Tribune" and "N.Y. Times" sniff at his heels. Among those present are George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, James G. Blaine, Chester A. Arthur (dressed as a woman, serving food and drinks), Charles J. Folger, George F. Hoar, Joseph W. Keifer, Horace F. Page, William Mahone (doing a hand-stand), James D. Cameron, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, George F. Edmunds, John Percival Jones and Thomas C. Platt.


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Ah, Gillam, you never disappoint. Some of the expressions here are priceless, Sherman’s and Platt’s in particular, likewise “Little Billy” doing a handstand (still needs readjusting?).

    Can’t add to the Conkling in Women’s Clothes tally. As you can plainly see, he gave the dress to Chester.

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