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Who Killed Hancock?



by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

who killed hancock (1883)


Macbeth-Dana:—“Never shake thy gory locks at me! I’ll bet you Five Thousand Dollars thou canst not say I did it!


The LOC says:

Print shows the ghost of Winfield Scott Hancock sitting on a throne in a banquet hall, Samuel J. Tilden pushes a frightened Charles A. Dana, as Macbeth, toward Hancock, Dana makes wild statements while waving around a note for $5000.00; a chalice has fallen to the floor, spilling "Harmony". Samuel S. Cox, as a court jester, sits on the floor next to the throne with "S.S. Cox's Joke Book" at his knee. The room is filled with courtiers, among them are Thomas A. Hendricks, Grover Cleveland who has fallen backwards onto John Kelly, Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Randall, David Davis, Henry Watterson, Abram S. Hewitt, Hubert O. Thompson, George Hoadly, and Benjamin F. Butler; all seem to be sitting in judgement of Dana.


Lazy Curator™ sez: And William Russell Grace, behind Butler.

And a pineapple. Don’t forget the pineapple!

I seem to be throwing you a bone here. Probably because this is the first time in forever I’ve posted an image of Unofficial Weekly Puck Mascot and Breakout Superstar Hubert O. Thompson. And he’s barely in this one! Look on the bright side, he could be like poor George Hoadly. I think this is only the second time he’s ever appeared in The Weekly Puck, and it’s likely to be the last. Probably not even worth a tag. Sorry, Hoadly.

John Kelly’s crazed expression totally sells this one. And wasn’t Gillam a sadist to have him and hated rival Grover Cleveland *gasp* touching?

Yes, I do have the entry for two weeks in the future already selected. No, it’s not that picture of Terence Powderly gazing lustfully at Jay Gould’s plump, shapely buttocks, longing to spank them. Again. That’s from Judge, anyway. Though I do believe that Bernhard Gillam is likewise responsible for that infamous image (don’t quote me on that, though).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

In Sight of the Promised Land



by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

in sight of the promised land (1882)


Lazy Curator™ sez: First of all, let me apologize for the clunky seam on this one. This was the only full-sized image where both sides were in color that I could find. Image shows Grover Cleveland leading pilgrims to the Capitol, marked 1884. Some of those pictured: Charles A. Dana and Henry Watterson (blowing horns), L. Q. C. Lamar (crawling on the rock), Samuel Tilden (riding piggy-back), Allen Thurman, Thomas Bayard, John Kelly (leopard-skin is a good look for him!) and Benjamin Butler.
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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)

Blundering Again



by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

blundering again (1883)


The LOC says:

Print shows a group of Democrats on a log raft that is breaking up within sight of land, with two logs labeled "New Jersey [and] New York" coming loose and drifting away; there is a small sail labeled "Democra[...] Record". Some are fighting amongst themselves, Allen G. Thurman is about to hit George Hoadly who is holding a paper labeled "Dem. Nomination for Gov. Ohio Hoadly", John Kelly is fighting with Hubert O. Thompson who is holding a knife labeled "County Dem", behind them is Alexander V. Davidson labeled "Irving Hall" and holding a knife, others seem on the brink of despair, including Abram S. Hewitt gnawing on a bone labeled "Tariff", Charles A. Dana defiant of fate, Thomas F. Bayard sitting with his elbows on his knees, Winfield Scott Hancock who appears to have succombed, Thomas Hendricks chewing on his fingers, an unidentified man searching the horizon, Henry Watterson, and Samuel J. Tilden, only Benjamin F. Butler shows any sign of hope as he points toward shore and the U.S. Capitol labeled "1884".


Lazy Curator™ sez: The “unidentified man” could be L. Q. C. Lamar, but don’t quote me on that.

Haven’t had a cartoon featuring Breakout Superstar H. O. T. in a while, so I figured I owed you one. Here’s as close to an actual photograph of the man I’ve yet found:

Behind the cut to save BW )

EDIT: Updated the scan already! Pity the sorrows of poor C. A. Dana, forever cursed to reside in the center seam of gatefold images.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

A Dangerous Flirtation



With a Very Naughty Man



by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

dangerous flirtation, a (1882)


John Kelly eyes the girls at “Cornell Institute (Morals, High-Toned Deportment)” with wicked intent. He is smoking a cigar and walking a bizarre dog/bottle hybrid marked “Tammany Spirits.” The young damsels bear fans and hankies marked “Republicans Alliance.”

It seems the New Year means posting things I’ve just had lying around the place. This one’s been sitting on the old hard drive since last February, so I guess it’s about time I posted it. I don’t seem to have as many of these “orphans” this year as I did a year ago.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

In der Schule



by Joseph Keppler (1876)

in der schule (1876)


Kerlychen: Drei von Eins kann ich nicht, borg’ ich mir Zehn und BEHALTE Acht.
Lehrer: Brav, mein Junge!


“Boss” Tweed teaches math to student John Kelly.

As promised, the second of two this week, and the first ever panel from before 1877, before Puck’s debut as an English-language publication. Note Tweed’s “dollar-sign” print vest, the “Tammany’s Old Rule” switch, the “Addition, Division and Silence” textbook and Kelly’s “Comptroller’s Slate.” Not to mention the prison bars and Puck himself peering through the window.
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
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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 Political Sutler



    by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

    political sutler, the (1882)


    Lazy Curator sez: I apologize. I’m posting this image out of order. It was originally depicted in this later cartoon, which I posted before this one. Also sorry at the monochrome; this was originally published in full, glorious chromolithographic colour (as seen in various eBay auctions).

    Still have yet to track down the Donald Cameron cartoon referenced in that one. It’ll turn up eventually, no doubt.

    EDIT: And now it has!
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    The Presidential Recruiting Office



    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    presidential recruiting office, the (1884)


    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows the interior of a recruiting office for the presidency with Uncle Sam and Puck examining potential recruits against a height chart labeled, from low to high, "Notoriety, Popularity, Capability, Honesty, [and at the top] Statesmanship"; a number of men, in various states of undress, have been rejected for a variety of reasons, "Evarts Too Long-Winded, [U.S. Grant] Retired, [Conkling] Too Pigeon-Breasted, [Thomas C. Platt] Me Too Little, Mahone Must be Readjusted, J.B. Rejected Too Crooked, Dana Rejected - Too Shortsighted, [Logan] Grammar Feeble, [Arthur] Rejected No Backbone, [Davis] Short Winded, Sherman Bloody Shirt Mania, [Kelly] Pig-Headed, Payne Oil on the Brain, Randall Protection Madness, Bayard Unstable, [Tilden] Rejected Cipher Catarrh, [and] B[utler] Can't See Straight". Five tall men, "Admitted to the Competition", standing on the right, are "Hewitt, Carlisle, Morrison, Lincoln [and] Edmunds O.K."


    Lazy Curator sez: From before Grover Cleveland threw his hat into the ring? Also: “must be readjusted”? Ha ha! I get it! Incidentally, Lincoln does indeed refer to Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Honest Abe.

    I owe you two again this week. I’ll try to work on the next one tomorrow.
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    King or Clown, Which?



    by Joseph Keppler (1879)

    king or clown, which (1879)


    Some of Mr. John Kelly’s political pronuncamientos and the dead failure thereof



    More character assassination of John Kelly, “Boss” Tweed’s successor as head of Tammany Hall.

    Lazy Curator is feeling extra lazy today, and won’t be transcribing all the tiny text. Click through if you wanna see it bigger (it’s another sideways image; sorry about that).
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    The City’s New Guardian



    by Frederick Graetz (1882)

    city's new guardian, the (1882)


    “Walk right in, gentlemen, and make yourselves at home!”


    Mayor Franklin Edson, with a bar marked “Independence,” guards the door at a castle marked “NY City Treasury.,” He holds the door open for a procession led by John Kelly (#1, with a spike-mace marked “Tammany”) and Weekly Puck Breakout Superstar Hubert O. Thompson (#2).

    I should probably feature more Frederick Graetz artwork; he was only with Puck for a brief time, but was very prolific in his short tenure. And his stuff always looks really weird!
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    Notice to the World of Politicians



    by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

    notice to the world of politicians (1882)


    Bosses who will soon be out of work are respectfully notified that

    Puck will give them a job


    Roscoe Conkling, Donald Cameron, John Kelly and Thomas Platt are shown wearing sandwich boards displaying past Puck cartoons depicting themselves. The cartoon on the boards Conkling and Platt are wearing has been featured previously, of course. It’s interesting to see Gillam’s interpretation of Keppler’s work.

    EDIT: You can see (or buy a copy of) the John Kelly image here.

    EDIT #2: The John Kelly and Donald Cameron images have now been posted!
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    The New York Democrats United at Last—The “Swag” Amicably Divided



    by Joseph Keppler (1883)

    new york democrats united at last, the (1883)


    New York Democratic Party faction leaders from the County Democracy (Hubert O. Thompson), Irving Hall and Tammany (John Kelly) tote around stuffed mannequins bearing deeds reading “Supreme Court Judge” and “City Court Judge.”

    Read more about this here
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    The Mayor and His Masters



    Artist Unknown (1883)

    mayor and his masters, the (1883)

    Putting the Pup Through His Paces



    It’s been far too long since we checked in on the exploits of our old friends Hubert and John. What have they been up to? Pet shows, apparently.

    That’s the face of NYC Mayor Franklin Edson on the dog.
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    Barred Out From the Promised Land



    by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

    barred out from the promised land (1885)


    Disappointed Democratic Moses: “Was It Worth Going Through So Much to Get So Little?”


    Clearly a satire of the breakdown of the spoils system, the broken tablet reading, “Old Commandments: Thou Shalt Divide Up the Spoils,” is a dead giveaway (and the Roman numerals are a nice touch). The star, as usual, of this image is Tammany’s John Kelly (second from right in the foreground, with arms folded), fronting a host of other disappointed parties on a hill above the Cleveland White House. One could think of it as a sequel to this image. Also of note in this image: journalist Charles A. Dana (top center, to the right of the page break), Alexander V. Davidson (to Dana’s right) and Weekly Puck Breakout Superstar Hubert O. Thompson (front row, to the left of the page break).

    I like how even lesser Gillam, like this, is still something most artists would kill to have something so high-quality just once in their career. Mind-boggling, as usual.
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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).
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    A Moment of Anxiety



    Who Is Going to Get Left?



    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    moment of anxiety, a (1884)


    Grover “Santa Claus” Cleveland, his toy sack filled with cabinet positions, enters a nursery filled with Democratic politicians. Note the sign reading “Christmas Comes Once Every 20 Years” and Tammany’s John Kelly as a cat.

    Two of Cleveland’s actual eventual (first-term) cabinet members are depicted here: L. Q. C. Lamar (bearded man in the background, far left, wearing a nightcap) and Thomas Bayard (foreground left, in bed with knees up to his chin). Also readily identifiable by Lazy Curator™: Samuel Tilden (sleeping peacefully in the bed next to the doorway), Samuel S. Cox (bearded man facing forwards in second bed from foreground) Carl Schurz (in cradle marked “Independence”), Allen Thurman (wearing red nightcap in front of clock), Henry Watterson (far right, in front of the clock) and Abram S. Hewitt (in front of Thurman and Watterson).

    I suppose I should consider myself grateful for the delay in updating this feature, as this image is far more relevant this week than it would have been two weeks ago! Think of it as a companion image to this one.
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    The Old Democracy in Peril



    The Rival Bootblacks



    by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

    old democracy in peril, the (1883)


    Another commentary on the fractured New York Democratic party circa 1883, with John Kelly and Hubert O. Thompson as rival shoeshine boys yanking on the legs of an old man bearing a tag reading “Democracy.”

    I knew folks would eventually begin asking when I’d post another image featuring Thompson, so here’s your answer.
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    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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