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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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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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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)
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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.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Pyrrhic Victory of the Mulligan Guards in Maine



by Joseph Keppler (1884)

pyrrhic victory of the mulligan guards in maine, the (1884)

“Another victory like this, and our money’s gone!”



The LOC says:

Illustration shows James G. Blaine dressed as a knight, the plumes of his helmet labeled "Speakership Record, Mulligan Letters, [and] Credit Mobilier", he holds papers labeled "Aggressive Cash Campaign", and rests his left hand on the head of W.W. Phelps who is holding a sword and a battered shield labeled "Blaines Magnetism". Whitelaw Reid, wearing a paper hat, carries a standard that states "Moral Ideas," (crossed out) "Soap and Success!" Stephen B. Elkins presents a "Report" to John A. Logan and Blaine that states "Great Victory in Maine! Blaine Vindicated! Cost $265,000". Charles A. Dana sits in the lower right corner pouring "Personal Animosity" into cannonballs labeled "Personal Animosity, Spite, Mud Bombs, [and] Malice". Frederick Douglass holds a sign labeled "Mulligan Guards Blaine's Record" that appears to have drawn considerable enemy fire. On the left, "A.M. Clapp" turns his empty pockets inside out and George M. Robeson looks at an empty cash barrel. In the background, there is action at the "Whiskey Arsenal, Fort Cleveland, Polls, [and] Fort St. John", and casualties on the battlefield.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Frederick Douglass? Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Of all the people I never expected to include in this feature! Although probably for the last time, so don’t blink or you’ll miss him.

Including this for the Logan, on account of the impending Memorial Day, though it’s hardly a flattering caricature (let’s face it, you just weren’t going to find that in Puck’s pages!).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Building the Ark



by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

building the ark (1884)

The Republican Scoffers Heedless of Their Only Hope of Salvation



Lazy Curator™ sez: I apologize, but this is another Post-and-Run! Maybe I’ll come back and fill in the info to this one (in the meantime, check the tags).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Lost in the Snow



by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

lost in the snow (1882)

“Oh! Where is the White House?”



U. S. Grant (carrying a broken Grant Boom bass drum) and his buddies are lost in “Popular Vote” snow. L-R, we have: Thomas Platt (with “Me Too” clarinet), John Alexander Logan (with “Logan Bossism” double bass), Grant, Roscoe Conkling, James Blaine (with “Blaine Bluster” horn) and George Robeson (with “Jobs” trombone).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

“Ship-Building for Repairs”



by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

ship-building for repairs (1885)


Secretary Whitney.—“It seems to me, Gentlemen, that you have been Repairing a Damaged Party out of a Decaying Navy.”


The LOC says:

Illustration shows Secretary of the Navy, William C. Whitney, carrying a large book labeled "Navy Yard Investigations", confronting George M. Robeson, William E. Chandler, and John Roach, who are cowering at his approach outside the "U.S. Navy Ya[rd] Office"; Whitney is gesturing toward sailing ships that are being repaired, among those identified are "Shenandoah for Building $463,866 Repairs $906,481, Ossipee for Building $407,064 for Repairs $1,197,391, Kearsarge cost $286.918 Repairs $1,123,416, [and] Mohican Repairs cost $900,000".
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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 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!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Downed at Last



by Bernard Gilliam (1882)

 photo downedatlast_zps45407660.jpg


Scene—On the political field. Date—November 7th, 1882.

Prince Keifer. “What, old acquaintance! could not all this flesh
Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell!
I could have spared a better man:
Oh, I should have a heavy miss of thee *****
* * * * *
Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,
Though many dearer, in this bloody fray.
* * * * * —
King Henry IV, Part I


Presented here with George Robeson as Falstaff and J. Warren Keifer as Prince Hal. The former wears a belt reading “U.S. Patronage.”

Another from the “Mike has been sitting on this image for some time but never got round to posting it till now” file.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

After Their Dirty Work



by Frederick Opper (1880)

 photo aftertheirdirtywork1880_zps1609a347.jpg

A suggestion to Messrs. Conkling, Belknap, Logan, Cameron, Robeson, Murphy and Williams



Posted without comment. It’s just as well, any comment I made on this one would get me into big, karmic trouble!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Political Courtney



by Bernard Gilliam (1884)

The Political Courtney (1884)


LOGAN.—“Come, Jim, show some nerve, or nobody won’t believe you’re in the race! Ain’t you never gonna be Aggressive?”


Another ribbing at the expense of James Blaine and his presidential campaign of 1884. His running mate John Logan tries in vain to get him in the boat race, as (among others) George Robeson, Whitelaw Reid (bearing a “Tribune Sponge”) and Jay Gould attend to him. Meanwhile in the background, Grover Cleveland is off and running, alone.

Blaine has great “comedy” eyes in this image. Note also Ben Butler as a duck, lower right. And another sighting of Blaine’s tattoos.
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A Way Out of President Arthur’s Dilemma



by Bernard Gilliam (1881)

A Way Out of President Arthur's Dilemma (1881)


General Grant.—“Don’t be troubled if a few fellows do decline. Here are some friends of mine who never refuse office!”


Self-explanatory; General Grant offers some of his crooked drinking buddies as candidates for Arthur’s new cabinet.
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After the Deluge



by Bernard Gilliam (1882)

After the Deluge (1882)


Puck himself mounts the ruins of a wrecked ship marked “Independence” with politicians splayed out in a chaotic fashion on the shoreline (plus Ben Butler in a tiny lifeboat all by himself in the ocean, hoisting a flag that says “I’m All Right,” a funny touch) as a rainbow reading “Promise of Politial Honesty” shines in the background.

Sigh. I waffled on whether or not to post this one but eventually decided on “yes.” I like it too much not to, even if the only scan available to me is, as you can see, a travesty. Someone really ought to tackle a proper digital restoration of the Puck archive for future generations. I know all the perverts on my friends’ list prefer Phyrne Before the Chicago Tribunal but I think this may be among my favourite pieces of Gilliam artwork.

People who have been following this feature for a while should be experts at the “Guess Who’s Who” game by now, so I won’t bother to point out the location of Roscoe Conkling and George Robeson, except to say they are indeed both in there. Incidentally, please forgive me if the stitchery of this image looks a bit ragged, as I’ve been battling sundown glare at an outdoor café table while preparing this post.

EDIT: Improved the image...somewhat. At least it’s all in colour now!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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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