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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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Crowning the Successful

(Advertisement for Weber Pianos)

by Joseph Keppler (1876)

weber pianos ad (1877)

Image shows a grand piano atop a staircase, with sun rays emerging from the background and Columbia laying a laurel wreath on it. Cherubs bear shields, one reading “Tonal Exhibition United States Centennial.” A group of gentlemen and ladies have gathered round, many of them resembling famous musicians of the period (I definitely spot Offenbach and Liszt among the gathering).

I think this is only the third advertisement I have posted thus far, only the second actually from Puck’s pages. And both of those were ads for pianos!
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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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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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Her True Knight

by Joseph Keppler (1887)

her true knight (1887)

Lazy Curator™ sez: Click through and enlarge all that damn text your own damn self!

Here we see Democratic Party Elsa being romanced by “Lohengrin” Cleveland, facing off against rival “Telramund” Hill and his advisor “Ortrud” Pulitzer. Behind them is a “Mugwump” swan and banners reading “Jacksonian Bourbons,” “Heelers and Spoilsmen” and “Reform Is a Humbug and a Fraud.”

I hate to keep obsessing on this single issue, but I had to post this to prove I wasn’t going nuts in my old age and that the elder Keppler had, in fact, depicted David Bennett Hill. He has. Here’s proof. Moving on...

Now that I’ve posted this, I can’t help but marvel at how much Elsa resembles Kate Bush.
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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.
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Wagner’s Zukunfts Music

by Joseph Keppler (1877)

wagner's zukunfts musik (1877)

Lazy Curator™ sez: On display, we see the Catophone, the Wire-Rake-Oloide, the Tin-Panium, the Sic-Em-Jackionette and the Porko Melodeon.

That last one is making me think of the Porkerina* from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and most of them make me think of the Mouse Organ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

In reality, Keppler was just ahead of his time in his prognostication of “anything can be a source of musical sound” philosophy of 20th Century experimental music.

Now where did I put that video of John Cage playing a cactus? Oh wait, here it is!

As a bonus: Frank Zappa plays a bicycle!

*The sound Joel Hodgson was referring to was actually produced by a bass harmonica.
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Puck’s Advice Gratis to Some Editorial Shriekers for Grant

by Joseph Keppler (1878)

puck's advice gratis to some editorial shriekers for grant (1878)

Don’t forget your “Man on Horseback”—but your man on foot has too many curs at his heels!

Posted without comment (for now)
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Finally got around to it: the 2016 index for the Weekly Puck. Go back and reminisce on your favorite entries or find new ones you may have missed, and look forward to what 2017 brings! (More artwork from 1876-1917, from the looks of it, he said jokingly and self-consciously.)

2015 index
2014 index
2013 index
2012 index
2011 index

  • Week #1: A Dangerous Flirtation by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

  • Week #2: Unparalleled Adventure of a Nervous Young Man by Joseph Keppler (1880)

  • Week #3: Putting the Screws on Him by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

  • Week #4: Double Lives by Frederick Opper (1889)

  • Week #5: To the Chicago Convention by Joseph Keppler (1880)

  • Week #6: Valentines Social and Political by Frederick Opper (1888)

  • Week #7: Unaccustomed to Capital Society by A. B. Shute (1887)

  • Week #8: A Forlorn Hope by E. S. Bisbee (1884)

  • Week #9: The Magnetic Bunco-Steerer and His Confederate by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

  • Week #10: Twenty Years After by Samuel Ehrhart (1888)

  • Week #11: The Great Rival Advertising Shows to “Boom Up” Stocks by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

  • Week #12: Hard Times by Joseph Keppler (1877)

  • Week #13: Blundering Again by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

  • Week #14: Couldn’t Fool Him by Unknown Artist (1904)

  • Week #15: Future Occupations for Roosevelt by J. S. Pughe (1907)

  • Week #16: A Problematic Expedient by Joseph Keppler (1879)

  • Week #17: Bidding for His Vote by Joseph Keppler (1888)

  • Week #18: A Necessary Precaution by Samuel Ehrhart (1890)

  • Week #19: Building the Ark by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

  • Week #20: The American Mania for Moving by Frederick Opper (1887)

  • Week #21: The Pyrrhic Victory of the Mulligan Guards in Maine by Joseph Keppler (1884)

  • Week #22: Modern Tortures by Frederick Opper (1890)

  • Week #23: Rip van Winkle’s Return by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

  • Week #24: Construction and Combustion—Hint for Our Architects by Joseph Keppler (1881)

  • Week #25: “Blaine Will Be Vindicated in November” by Whitelaw Reid Bernhard Gillam (1884)

  • Week #26: The Fate of a Grand Idea by Frederick Opper (1885)

  • Week #27: Puck’s Pyrotechnics by “Opper & Co.” (1882)

  • Week #28: Our Street Cleaning System by J. A. Wales (1879)

  • Week #29: The Pet of the Monopolists by J. A. Wales (1881)

  • Week #30: Professional Instructions by Louis Dalrymple (1901)

  • Week #31: To the American Voter by Frederick Opper (1888)

  • Week #32: Hints for Preventing Cholera by Frederick Opper (1884)

  • Week #33: Another Matterhorn Catastrophe by J. A. Wales (1881)

  • Week #34: The Universal Custom by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

  • Week #35: The First and Last Meetings of the Anti-Poverty Society by Frederick Opper (1887)

  • Week #36: The English Language by F. M. Hutchins (1895)

  • Week #37: Political Personals by Frederick Opper (1886)

  • Week #38: Just a Harmless Fad by Albert Levering (1906)

  • Week #39: The Usual Thing by Louis Dalrymple (1901)

  • Week #40: A Grand Shakesperian Revival by Joseph Keppler (1881)

  • Week #41: No Gazetteer by Samuel Ehrhart (1889)

  • Week #42: Out Again! by Joseph Keppler (1891)

  • Week #43: Worth Seeing by Frederick Opper (1882)

  • Week #44: He Instituted the Ordeal—Can He Stand It Himself? by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

  • Week #45: The Reformation of Breedwell by F. M. Howarth (1891)

  • Week #46: A Humiliating Spectacle by Joseph Keppler (1881)

  • Week #47: Puck’s Thanksgiving Dinner to the Destitute and Disappointed Politicians and Labor Agitators by Joseph Keppler (1887)

  • Week #48: Self-Protection at Our Boarding House by Frederick Opper (1882)

  • Week #49: The Bitter End by Samuel Ehrhart (1889)

  • Week #50: In Sight of the Promised Land by Bernhard Gillam (1882)

  • Week #51: Some “Children” of the Present Day by Frederick Opper (1886)

  • Week #52: The Great Fair in Aid of the “Grand Old Party of Moral Ideas” by Joseph Keppler (1886)
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    The Great Fair in Aid of the “Grand Old Party of Moral Ideas”

    The Patronage Is Not Up to the Expectations of the Managers

    by Joseph Keppler (1886)

    great fair in aid of the grand old party of moral ideas, the (1886)

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Ignore the posting date. This is technically the last image of 2016, and will appear as entry #52 in the 2016 Index when I get around to doing it (later this week, probably).

    Lots to talk about with this image. Who I recognize, from left to right more or less:

  • W. W. Phelps, in a dress, bearing a ballot box marked “Vote for the Most Popular Gentleman”

  • James Blaine, leaning on Phelps’ kiosk

  • George Edmunds offering “Cold Tea and Anti-Saloon Lemonade”

  • John Sherman, in a dress, selling “Flowers of Speech”

  • Whitelaw Reid, in a kimono, inhabiting a tall pagoda labelled “Tribune”

  • Murat Halstead (?) in a blue dress and black gloves, holding an unmarked blue book

  • Stephen Elkins in a green dress, holding a sheet of paper reading, “Please give us another chance.”

  • John A. Logan as a Gypsy Fortune-Teller, holding a grammar book upside-down

  • George F. Hoar dressed as the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

  • William M. Evarts, wearing a chef’s hat, running the Candy Kitchen.
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    Puck’s Thanksgiving Dinner to the Destitute and Disappointed Politicians and Labor Agitators

    by Joseph Keppler (1887)

    puck's thanksgiving dinner to the destitute and disappointed politicians and labor agitators (1887)

    Deviantart user RD-DD1843 says:

    In the wake of their defeats in 1884 to 1886, Joseph Keppler's "Mr. Puck" serves "cold consolation" and "caustic sauce to various Republican or third party figures. Head of the table is Senator Willaim Malone of Virginia (wearing a Confederate Uniform - he was a Confederate Major General in Lee's Army), followed by James G. Blane (the loser of the election for President in a squeaker), and diminutive Tom Platt of New York State (rebuilding his shattered career in New York Republican circles - in 1881 he shared the end of his then U.S. Senatorial career with Senator Roscoe Conkling, when he was caught with a prostitute in Albany during a special re-election by the New York State Legislature; however Platt eventually was boss of the Republican Party again by the 1890s). Blaine's plumed knight helmet next to him is based on the 1876 "Plumed Knight" speech by prominent lecturer, agnostic, and Republican Robert Ingersoll at that year's nomination convention - which Blaine lost out to "Dark Horse" reformer Rutherford Hayes of Ohio, but the speech became very famous and the nickname for Blaine stuck. Newspaper editor of the "New York Tribune", Whitlaw Reid, heads the back side of the table of losers, followed by New York City reformers Father McGlynn and Henry George - glaring at McGlynn - who lost the 1886 election for Mayor to Abram Hewitt, Republican Senators John Sherman of Ohio and William Evarts of New York (who were Secretaries of the Treasury and State in Hayes' cabinet, but neither of whom could be nominated for the Presidency themselves), and Democrat turned Greenback, former Massachusetts Congressman and Governor, and Union Civil War Major General Benjamin Franklin "Spoons" Butler, who also failed (in 1884) first to get the Democratic nomination instead of Grover Cleveland, and then failed to beat Cleveland.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Also present at the dinner table: Henry B. Lovering, Frederick D. Grant, Harrison H. Riddleberger and Terence Powderly.

    On the wall behind them, a painting depicting noted publishers Charles A. Dana and Joseph Pulitzer as fighting game-cocks, and another showing The Downfall of Atlas, with Atlas (again, resembling Henry George) having failed to carry a shattered sphere marked “United Party of Labor”).

    This image required substantial surgery, as poor “Little Billy” was sat right in the middle of the seam. He kind of looks a little weird to me still.

    EDIT: Updated, with additional info (which I wanted to include earlier, but I was in a rush).
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    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!
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    Out Again!

    by Joseph Keppler (1891)

    out again (1891)

    Lazy Curator™ sez: James Blaine is seen exiting “Dr. Taylor’s” office, a note reading “J. G. BLAINE’S CERTIFICATE of complete Recovery” prominently sticking out of his coat. In the background, Benjamin Harrison and his son Russell look tired and ill.
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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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    Construction and Combustion — Hint for Our Architects

    by Joseph Keppler (?) (1881)

    construction and combustion (1881)

  • This Style of Architecture is Very Pretty; but it has its Disadvantages.

  • This Style isn’t so Picturesque; but it is more Satisfactory in Case of Fire.

  • Posted without comment.
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    The Pyrrhic Victory of the Mulligan Guards in Maine

    by Joseph Keppler (1884)

    pyrrhic victory of the mulligan guards in maine, the (1884)

    “Another victory like this, and our money’s gone!”

    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows James G. Blaine dressed as a knight, the plumes of his helmet labeled "Speakership Record, Mulligan Letters, [and] Credit Mobilier", he holds papers labeled "Aggressive Cash Campaign", and rests his left hand on the head of W.W. Phelps who is holding a sword and a battered shield labeled "Blaines Magnetism". Whitelaw Reid, wearing a paper hat, carries a standard that states "Moral Ideas," (crossed out) "Soap and Success!" Stephen B. Elkins presents a "Report" to John A. Logan and Blaine that states "Great Victory in Maine! Blaine Vindicated! Cost $265,000". Charles A. Dana sits in the lower right corner pouring "Personal Animosity" into cannonballs labeled "Personal Animosity, Spite, Mud Bombs, [and] Malice". Frederick Douglass holds a sign labeled "Mulligan Guards Blaine's Record" that appears to have drawn considerable enemy fire. On the left, "A.M. Clapp" turns his empty pockets inside out and George M. Robeson looks at an empty cash barrel. In the background, there is action at the "Whiskey Arsenal, Fort Cleveland, Polls, [and] Fort St. John", and casualties on the battlefield.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Frederick Douglass? Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Of all the people I never expected to include in this feature! Although probably for the last time, so don’t blink or you’ll miss him.

    Including this for the Logan, on account of the impending Memorial Day, though it’s hardly a flattering caricature (let’s face it, you just weren’t going to find that in Puck’s pages!).
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    Bidding for His Vote

    by Joseph Keppler (1888)

    bidding for his vote (1888)

    Posted without comment (Lazy Curator™ apologizes for the Post-&-Run).
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    A Problematic Expedient

    by Joseph Keppler (1879)

    problematic expedient, a (1879)

  • “Demme, Charley! I swear I believe that’s my wife—as large as life—and not six rows off! By Jove, if she should see me!”

  • “Turn the opera-glass round, end for end, and she won’t be anything like so near.”

  • Lazy Curator™ sez: I’ll leave it for you to ponder just why our nameless protagonist should be so worried about being caught in public with a male companion. Though I think he can do better, Charley seems like a bit of an airhead.
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    Hard Times

    by Joseph Keppler (1877)

    hard times (1877)

    1. Spriggins, the ex-bookkeeper, who has been balancing books all his life, takes a situation as a porter, and finds that balancing goods requires a different sort of talent

    2. Bilkins undertakes, with the assistance of Mrs. B., to put in his own half-ton of coal, and save money, if not appearances.

    3. Herr Schwartzenschwaffelbach, late President of the Pumpernickel Branch of the Fat Men’s Association, joins the ranks of the District Telegraph Messengers.

    4. Adolphus Lavender, once a Fifth Avenue exquisite, goes into the railroad business, and tries to make his old kids available in his new situation.

    5. Riley, who is no longer supported by his mother, gets a position on the police force as a night-man. But somehow he can’t get the hang of waking up in the morning before the grocer opens his coal-box.

    6. Even the ex-bank director has to strike out in a new line.

    Posted without comment.
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    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.

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