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Rather Cheeky



by Samuel Ehrhart (1890)

rather cheeky (1890)


Mr. Rowne de Bout.—That man, W. Fearless Gall, has a cast-iron nerve. Do you know him?
Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt.—Can’t say that I do. I never met him but once, and that was the day he called to ask me to be his best man at his wedding.


Lazy Curator™ sez: I’m guessing Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt goes to the same tailor as Albert. Or it was just a silly men’s fashion that Ehrhart liked to depict. Take your pick.
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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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An Interrupted Lesson in Natural History



by J. S. Pughe (1901)

interrupted lesson in natural history, an (1901)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Nothing to say about the image. But Photobucket decided they didn’t approve of the way I was sharing my images, i.e.: linking to the Google Books archive instead of redirecting you to view the images on their horrible website where you’re bombarded with intrusive popups. So they decided to deactivate my account without any advance warning. Six years of work on this feature (and nearly a decade more on my journal in its entirety) down the drain. They can eat dung for all I care.

I’ve set up a temporary home at my heretofore-left-fallow Flickr account, but I’m open to suggestions as to better image hosting.
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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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He Was No Dude



by C. J. Taylor (1895)

he was no dude (1895)


Customer (in uptown drug store).—I want a thirty-grain dose o’ quinine, young man.
Clerk.—Yes, sir. What will you take it with, sir?
Customer.—I’ll take it with a spoon. I’m a Wabash Valley man, an’ I ain’t doodish ’nough yet, thank God, to eat with a fork.


Lazy Curator™ sez: I apologize for the “on the bias” nature of this entry. Wonky Scan strikes again!
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How He Kept Solid



by A. B. Shultz (1888)

how he kept solid (1888)


Stone.—I say, Upson, it is downright mean of you to deceive me this way. You said you only needed ten dollars to keep solid with your tailor, and here you are setting up champagne for a friend!
Downes.—Why, bless your soul, this is my tailor! Those two small bottles got me a thirty days’ extension!


Lazy Curator sez: Sorry, did you say something? I was distracted by the sheer variety of facial hair and period wardrobe on display.
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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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Campaign Duty



by Joseph Keppler (1877)

campaign duty (1877)


“My dear, what are you doing?”
“Practicing, my love, practicing for our little exodus.”


Posted without comment.
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Where Did the Shoe Pinch?



by C. J. Taylor (1891)

where did the shoe pinch (1891)


D. B. Hill.—How dare you address to me such an insulting and impertinent communication?
Henry Watterson.—“I can not help thinking that the same words might be with propriety addressed to any Democratic aspirant by the humblest Democrat in the land.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Here we have New York governor David B. Hill, irately confronting Henry Watterson with an issue of the New York Times dated Nov. 2, 1890 bearing the headline, “Watterson’s Letter to Gov. Hill.”

Honestly, some days I think every entry (or at least every other entry) ought to be accompanied by the sentence, “Now, let the slash fiction begin!”

The search for the fabled Joseph Keppler rendering of Hill continues...
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The Cantankerous College Youth



by Frederick Burr Opper (1882)

cantankerous college youth, the (1882)


The Way It Is Now—“Look out! here come the students!”
The Way It Ought to Be—The towns people to the front, or rather to the rear.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Here’s as good a place as any to post this:

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

The Reformation of Breedwell



Or, Why a Man of Refined and Artistic Tastes Remains Home o’ Nights



by F. M. Howarth (1891)

reformation of breedwell, the (1891)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Yeah, right! Like I’m going to transcribe all of that!

I owe you two this week, so keep an eye out.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Worth Seeing



by Frederick Opper (1882)

worth seeing (1882)


Stranger in the City:—“That really is a curiosity; I’ll go in and look at him!”


Lazy Curator™ sez: This “dime museum” nostalgia is the most Halloween-appropriate image I could find on such short notice. Enjoy!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Just a Harmless Fad



by Albert Levering (1906)

just a harmless fad (1906)


Visitor (in private garage).—What’s that camera on your auto for, Jim?
Enthusiastic Motorist.—Oh, it’s just a little fad of mine—snapshots of the way folks look before I hit ’em. You’ve no idea what a zest it adds to speeding.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Levering was merely ahead of his time with this prediction. Do look at all of the little photographs, they’re priceless!

I assume that’s Jim on the right. I’m extremely envious of his outfit. And the resemblance to Richard Croker did not go unnoticed.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Political Personals



by Frederick Opper (1886)

political personals (1886)


Lazy Curator™ sez: I could transcribe all that text, but do you really expect me to spend the time to do so? I could identify all the depicted parties, but I’m going to make you do the work. Check the tags for hints if you must. How’s that for laziness?

On the other hand, I already have next week’s entry uploaded and ready to go. But I’m going to make you wait for it. SUFFER! [villainous laughter]
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The English Language



by F. M. Hutchins (1895)

english language, the (1895)


Thirsty Traveller.—Can I get a drink around here?
Resident.—Naw; this be a dry town.


Posted without comment.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Universal Custom



by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

universal custom, the (1891)


“How odd it looks to see that blind man going along tapping the sidewalk with his cane!”
“Yes, that’s because he’s blind. If he were like you, he would carry it horizontally under his arm, to poke out other people’s eyes!”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Can’t you just hear the sarcasm dripping from the voice of the man in the checked suit? I am extremely envious of his clothes, of course.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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

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

    Our Street Cleaning System



    by J. A. Wales (1879)

    our street cleaning system (1879)

    It cleans the streets—so it does—but who is to clean the unfortunate wayfarers?



    Posted without comment.

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