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

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

Future Occupations for Roosevelt



by J. S. Pughe (1907)

future occupations for roosevelt (1907)

A Few of the Things He Can Turn His Hand to After Leaving the Presidency



The LOC says:

Illustration shows a vignette cartoon with Theodore Roosevelt, at center, as a rugged "Guide for City Sportsmen", with surrounding scenes showing Roosevelt as a teacher of "Natural History", an "Instructor in the Manly Art" of boxing, a coach for athletic sports, and as a physician.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Apropos, considering I’m going into a new line of work, or at least starting at a new workplace. Some of the facial expressions in this one crack me up. Ah, that Pughe.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

As Seen by Him



by J. S. Pughe (1895)

as seen by him (1895)


Dusty Dales.—Say, Rogers, does you believe in dot old sayin’ wot says, “it’s a poor rule dot won’t work both ways.”
Restful Rogers
(decisively).—Naw! It’s a poor rule to work at all!


Lazy Curator™ says: Funny tramp names? I always thought that was Samuel Ehrhart’s thing.

Should I tag this with “cross-dressing”? It doesn’t matter what you say, I’m going to anyway.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

A Side-Show Surprise



by J. S. Pughe (1901)

side show surprise, a (1901)


I can’t help but remark on the carnival barker’s resemblance to W. C. Fields...with a moustache. And I could totally see this presented as a vaudeville act or silent comedy film.

Does this pre-date the use of “Ajax” as the product name for a brand of washing soap? I remember when I was in junior soccer league, the only team our pathetic team ever beat was named “The Ajax,” and only because we were incredibly motivated, as we didn’t want to lose to a team with such a [as we perceived] stupid name. Other than that, we might as well have been the Peanuts Gang. Good grief!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

He’d Better Cut Behind



by J. S. Pughe (1898)

he'd better cut behind (1898)


McKinley.—I wonder what makes this pesky thing pull so hard?


I’m nothing if not lazy so once again, I shall defer to the wisdom of the Library of Congress:

Print shows President McKinley driving a sleigh labeled "Prosperity", drawn by a horse labeled "Administration", and towing two small sleds, one labeled "Defective Currency System" is carrying William Jennings Bryan, and the other labeled "Deficit" is carrying a bloated Nelson Dingley.
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Save Niagara Falls—From This



by J. S. Pughe (1906)

save niagara falls (1906)


Another faintly disturbing piece of artwork from J. S. Pughe, a nightmare vision of opportunists wrecking Niagara Falls.

Best line, “If you see a cataract, it’s all in your eye.”
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Pride Goeth Before Destruction



by J. S. Pughe (1900)

pride goeth before destruction (1900)


Richard “Boss” Croker of Tammany Hall, made to look like an inflated hot-air balloon, is attacked from behind by a man (David Hill?) bearing a javelin reading “N.Y. State Democracy.” Incidentally, for those wondering where my user icon comes from, wonder no more.

I hate to suggest that J. S. Pughe is a one-trick pony, considering the similarity of the above image to the last image I featured of his.

As usual, please note that The Weekly Puck is a public feature. Keep the comments clean, folks.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)
Yikes! A bit late this week but no worries...

Declined With Thanks



by J. S. Pughe (1900)


McKinleyNationalExpansionUncleSamPulitzer


The caption (and I’m shocked that I can’t find a better quality scan of this image) reads:

THE ANTIS — Here, take a dose of this anti-fat and get thin again!
UNCLE SAM — No, Sonny! I never did take any that stuff, and I’m too old to begin!


Another very famous image you’re likely to have seen before. An enormously fat Uncle Sam, bursting out of his clothes, is fitted for a new suit by then-president William McKinley. A group of anti-expansionists led by Carl Schurz offer an “anti-fat” antidote, which he refuses. Very frequently turns up in anthologies and history books.

This is the first time I’m featuring the artwork of J. S. Pughe (who worked with Puck from roughly the 1890s to his death in 1909), whose work frequently leaned towards the grotesque, this image is no exception.

Also interesting to see the failed attempt at Anglicization “Porto [sic] Rico.” As we all know, that didn’t stick.

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