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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?”, look! It’s Hubert O. Thompson!

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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 Pet of the Monopolists

by J. A. Wales (1881)

pet of the monopolists, the (1881)

Lazy Curator™ sez: Sorry for the post-and-run, but hey, General Grant! It must be Sweeps Week here at the Weekly Puck!
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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.
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The Great Rival Advertising Shows to “Boom Up” Stocks

by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

great rival advertising shows to boom up stocks, the (1883)

The LOC says:

Print shows three "advertising" sideshows, on the left, the "Great Northern Pacific R.R. Show Patronized by the European Aristocracy" with Henry Villard as the barker and Carl Schurz playing a drum; includes portraits hanging on the side of the tent showing a "Famous German Painter engaged at a cost of $15,000!!!", a "Celebrated German Author, A Live German Baron!!, British Interests Member of Parliament, A Genuine English Lord, the real article, Bavarian General, [and] English Aristocrat". On the right is the "Great Yellowstone Park Show" with "Uncle Rufus Hatch" as barker and Charles A. Dana playing the trombone; includes portraits hanging on the side of the tent showing a "Scout, Arthur's Cabinet [Robert Todd Lincoln], Little "Phil" Sheridan, Great American General, [and] President Arthur" fishing. At center, in the background, is the "Western Union Show" with Jay Gould sitting in front of a tent labeled "Happy Family Inside". Between the sideshows are several well-dressed, serious-minded men, one labeled "Investor", considering the merits of each show before investing.
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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.
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Valentines Social and Political

by Frederick Opper (1888)

valentines social and political (1888)

If You Don’t See What You Want, Ask for It.

Lazy Curator™ sez: Did I say the one I posted last year was the last of these? That’ll teach me to make such ridiculous pronouncements!

Not transcribing these, not out of laziness but because of the incompleteness caused by the scanning. I’m sure these bound editions seemed like a good idea at the time, but they don’t make the latter-day librarian’s job very easy, especially when it comes to scanning these elaborate gatefold images. To prove I’m not totally lazy, I’ll even identify some of the personages depicted: William Chandler, W. T. Sherman, James G. Blaine, Carl Schurz, David Hill, Charles A. Dana, Joseph Pulitzer, Henry George, Whitelaw Reid (as a dairy maid!), Jay Gould, John J. Ingalls, Benjamin Butler and William Evarts (as a giraffe).
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The Gospel of the Knights of Labor

by Joseph Keppler (1886)

gospel of the knights of labor, the (1886)

“We work not selfishly for ourselves alone, but to extend the hand of fellowship to all mankind.”—Mr. Powderly, at Richmond

Meanwhile at rival publication Judge )
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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
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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)
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    The Protectors of Our Industries

    by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

    protectors of our industries, the (1883)

    The LOC says:

    Cartoon showing Cyrus Field, Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Russell Sage, seated on bags of "millions", on large raft, and being carried by workers of various professions.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Be honest now, should I add a tag for “wonky scan”? Because this is the third one in a row. Curse you, Google Books! And why doesn’t Field look like his portrait?
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    The Sleeping Party

    by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

    sleeping party, the (1885)

    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 (as his father Simon) 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!
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    A Lightning Change Artist

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    lightning-change artist, a (1884)

    J.G.B.—“Here y’are! Greatest repertoire in the world! — I’ll engage to satisfy every taste! — What’ll you have now?”

    Clearing the decks here at The Weekly Puck with a backlog of images I’ve been meaning to post for a while now, but just haven’t got around to it. I’m surprised I never got round to this one yet, featuring everyone’s “favourite” career politician, tattooed man and stone-throwing resident of a glass house, Jimmy Blaine, telling his constituents whatever they want to hear in exchange for votes. Note infamous railroad magnate Jay Gould at the lower right.

    I really don’t know what is going on with Blaine’s butt in this image. Based on photographic evidence and other artistic depictions, including many other ones by Gilliam, it doesn’t seem like he was especially gluteally gifted. Why, then, does it appear that he has a sofa cushion stuffed down his pants here? Off-model?
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    The Political Courtney

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    political courtney, the (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) W. W. Phelps, George Robeson, Whitelaw Reid (bearing a “Tribune Sponge”), Jay Gould and Stephen Elkins attend to him. Behind him, Stephen Dorsey bears oars marked “Soap” and “★ Router.” Meanwhile in the background, Grover Cleveland is off and running, alone (with Carl Schurz standing at the dock of the Independent Boat House).

    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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    Puck’s Review of the Past Year

    by Joseph Keppler (1884)

    puck's review of the past year (1884)

    A sort of “Puck’s Greatest Hits,” 1884-style. You’ll probably recognize this cartoon in there and this one. I like ones like this, where you get to see one artist’s different interpretation of someone else’s work (both those cartoons in question were originally by Bernhard Gillam).
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    Puck’s Picnic

    Puck and His Contributors by the Sea

    by Joseph Keppler (1879)

    puck's picnic (1879)

    A week too soon for summer? Perhaps. But it’s never too soon for fun in the sun, if the weather’s right!

    Wish I had a better scan of this one but this is another fun, complex image with tons of detail from our beloved elder Keppler. See how many you can identify (HINT: if you zoom in to the Google Books image, you can read some of the name tags). I definitely see the following in the above image: Samuel J. Tilden, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ben Butler, Carl Schurz, James Blaine, William Evarts, Thomas De Witt Talmage, Roscoe Conkling, John Kelly, Henry Ward Beecher, Ulysses S. Grant, Peter Cooper, William Henry Vanderbilt, David Davis and Jay Gould.

    In other words, quite a party. Who’s up for a weenie roast?

    EDIT: Updated the image, now in glorious chromolithograph colour!
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    The Olympus of Corruption

    “Apollo Strikes the Lyre and Charms the Gods”

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    olympus of corruption, the (1884)

    Another commemoration of James G. Blaine’s failed bid for the presidency, and another gorgeous, detailed gatefold artwork courtesy of the immensely talented Gillam.

    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, Cyrus Field as Mercury, 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”), W. W. Phelps as Cupid/Eros, John Roach as Vulcan, Stephen Elkins as Bacchus (on barrel reading “Beer in Ohio, Water in Maine & Lightning in N. Jersey”), 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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    Thanksgiving Day, 1884

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    thanksgiving day, 1884

    “Let Us Be Thankful!”

    Grover Cleveland walks past carrying a turkey marked “Presidency” as his political rivals dine on crow. Those I can identify definitively: James Blaine (seated, far left), W. W. Phelps (standing, behind Blaine, apparently acting as a waiter), George Robeson (seated, behind table, holding knife and fork), Stephen W. Dorsey (standing, behind Robeson), William Mahone (standing—yes, really—to the left of Dorsey), Henry Cabot Lodge (seated, between Blaine and Robeson), Whitelaw Reid (standing, center, holding tray lid), Stephen Elkins (seated, to the right of Reid, holding his head), Charles A. Dana (seated, far right), Ben Butler (seated, right foreground), John Alexander Logan (seated, left foreground), Cyrus Field (standing, with elbow out of window), Thomas Platt (standing, to the left of Field) and Roscoe Conkling (peering through the doorway). I believe the dog represents John Kelly. Jay Gould can be seen leaning out of a window across the street bearing a sign reading “My congratulations.”

    I went out of my usual running order to force this one because it was seasonally appropriate. In other words: two “comic-y” panels over the next two weeks.
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    Enemies of the Republic

    by Joseph Keppler (1881)


    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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