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) (Boss Croker inflated)

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

Another Matterhorn Catastrophe



by J. A. Wales (1881)

another matterhorn catastrophe


Lazy Curator™ is soloing this one without the aid of the LOC. Because he’s all hopped up on over-confidence. Or maybe it’s caffeine?

Image shows Ulysses S. Grant attempting to scale the “Matterhorn Mountain Road to the Summit of the Matterhorn” while clinging to a fragile-looking branch marked “Popularity.” With his other hand, he’s holding on to Roscoe Conkling (holding a staff reading “Senatorial Courtesy”) by the hair. At the end of the rope dangles Thomas Platt, strangled by the neck.

On the far side of the crevasse, James Blaine and James Garfield sit on the cliff, having a leisurely conversation. I unfortunately can’t read what it says on Garfield’s staff.

Maybe I should have consulted the LOC after all?
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)

Midsummer Night’s Dream



by Joseph Keppler (1880)

midsummer night's dream (1880)


Lazy Curator™ is flying this one solo. Among those depicted in this image: Roscoe Conkling (riding a broomstick backwards!), Puck (holding a donkey-head mask), James Garfield, Uncle Sam, Winfield Hancock, Henry Ward Beecher, Samuel Tilden, John Kelly, Columbia, Benjamin Butler (as a frog), Carl Schurz (as a stick-insect), Cornelius Vanderbilt (in a lacy night-dress!), Chester A. Arthur (as a beetle), Jay Gould and Cyrus Field.

Conkling in women’s clothes tally = 5. And has it really been three years since I last updated that? I’m way overdue! Also: wonky scan strikes again!

EDIT: Not to be confused with this image
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Puck’s Fourth-of-July Picnic, 1881



by Joseph Keppler (1881)

puck's fourth-of-july picnic, 1881


Another delightfully dense image from Keppler, similar to this summer-themed one. Some of the featured picnickers include (more or less left-to-right, top-to-bottom):

  • Ulysses S. Grant (upper left, leaning on tree)

  • Carl Schurz (playing toy piano)

  • John Kelly (falling from “Try Your Weight” contraption)

  • Samuel Tilden (using “Lung Tester”)

  • David Davis (the “giant” on “Giant and Dwarf” poster)

  • William Russell Grace (pushing woman on swing)

  • Rutherford B. Hayes (in background between trees, carrying suitcases)

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt (running towards a basket marked “Free Lunch”)

  • Peter Cooper (the rightmost of the two running figures at the upper right)

  • Henry Ward Beecher (blindfolded and surrounded by women, lower left)

  • Thomas DeWitt Talmage (leftmost of the two figures leading Puck by the hand)

  • Charles A. Dana (at the page break, with sailor’s hat and cane)

  • Whitelaw Reid (to Dana’s immediate right, with flowered hat, umbrella and cigarette)

  • James Garfield (on the left side of teeter-totter)

  • Roscoe Conkling (being catapulted from the right end of the teeter-totter)

  • Jay Gould (rightmost of the two figures playing cards, wearing black top hat)

  • Benjamin Butler (lower right, flirting with woman)
  • progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    The Kind of Canal Business Grant Is Going Into



    by Joseph Keppler (1879)

    kind of canal business grant is going into, the (1879)


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Ulysses S. Grant—with a money bag and telescope, seated on a large crate reading “Presents for U. S. Grant, Galena, Ill.”—directs Roscoe Conkling, William T. Sherman, James Garfield, James Blaine and others in the building of a Third Term canal leading to the White House. There is a boat sitting in the bone-dry canal reading “For His Uncles and His Cousins and His Chums.” W. W. Belknap, Thomas Murphy and (possibly?) William Chandler are seen in the boat. Meanwhile in the right foreground, “G. W. C.” tearfully writes an obituary for a dead William M. Evarts (with a Webster’s dictionary at his feet!), whom a grave marker informs us, “couldn’t carry his own State convention.”

    Maybe I’m not so much lazy as much as just slow. It took me three years to give you all this info!
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    Enemies of the Republic



    by Joseph Keppler (1881)


    enemiesoftherepublic


    The caption reads:

    COLUMBIA TO GARFIELD—“They may annoy us but they can’t hurt us—we both have good Constitutions!”

    Needless to say, this one’s just tragic. It was published in July of 1881, just weeks after Garfield was shot and he was fully expected to make a full recovery. They even brought in genius inventor Alexander Graham Bell to help out. Sadly, by September, he was dead.

    Note a couple of frequent Puck targets among the throng: John Kelly (holding a red banner reading “To the Victor Belong the Spoils”) and then-Vice President Chester A. Arthur.

    Columbia as the female personification of the United States seems to have largely fallen by the wayside, in favour of Lady Liberty.

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