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Ghoulish Glee



by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

ghoulish glee (1891)


“Why did you laugh so fiendishly at Wiggins when his umbrella blew inside out?”
“Ha! It was one he borrowed from me a month ago.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Dammit, clumsy fingers! It’s Louis Dalrymple! Louis! Not Luis, and not Louisa! Oh well, at least I’m not spelling it “Lewis” anymore! And don’t get me started on Bernhard Gillam...again. [hangs head in shame]
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President Harrison’s Triumphal Tour



by Louis Dalrymple (1889)

president harrison's triumphal tour (1889)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Here we have an image of Benjamin Harrison riding a parade float as unemployed laborers suffer. Also on the parade float we see William Wade Dudley, Renfield Proctor, “Corporal” James Tanner, “Headsman” Clarkson, P. Wanamaker, Matthew Quay and James Blaine. The carriage is pulled by “Law Partner” Miller and Russell Harrison (the president’s son), the latter bearing a note reading, “I Have Dined With the Queen.”

The things I go through just to give you these little tidbits. It took forever to find a decent, non-wonky scan of this. I hope you consider the trouble worth the effort!

EDIT: “De-lazied” it a bit with a bit of updated info, on 7/14/17
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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.)

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  • 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 Usual Thing



    by Louis Dalrymple (1901)

    usual thing, the (1901)


    Seldum Fedd.—Well, pard, w’at you been doin’ since I seen you last?
    Soiled Spooner.—Givin’ imitations of a man lookin’ for work.


    Posted without comment.
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    The Universal Custom



    by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

    universal custom, the (1891)


    “How odd it looks to see that blind man going along tapping the sidewalk with his cane!”
    “Yes, that’s because he’s blind. If he were like you, he would carry it horizontally under his arm, to poke out other people’s eyes!”


    Lazy Curator™ sez: Can’t you just hear the sarcasm dripping from the voice of the man in the checked suit? I am extremely envious of his clothes, of course.
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    Professional Instructions



    by Louis Dalrymple (1901)

    professional instructions (1901)


    The Gripman.—You have to keep a sharp lookout for people who want ter git on.
    The Novitiate.—Yes?
    The Gripman.—Yes; if you don’t, why, the first you know they’re on!


    Lazy Curator™ sez: “Novitiate” is a fantastic word!
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    The Light That Did Not Fail



    by Louis Dalrymple (1899)

    the light that did not fail (1899)


    “Got a light?”
    “No, sir.”

    “Oh, well! Never mind—”

    “—this’ll do nicely.”

    “Gee-whiz! That must have been Sandscow, the Human Hercules!”


    Lazy Curator™ sez: “Human Hercules” makes me laugh very hard. And they’re spoofing then-current celebrity Eugen Sandow.
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    Discouraging



    by Louis Dalrymple (1893)

    discouraging (1893)


    Weary Raggles.—Please, Mister, can’t you give me a little assistance
    Mr. Newcomer.—Dig up this garden and I will give you fifty cents.
    Weary Raggles.—Better keep it, Boss, you’ll need it to buy vegetables with.


    Two wonky scans a week apart? You’re batting a thousand, Google™ Books!

    I always love the funny names Dalrymple gives to his tramp characters.
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    *Poetry Repeats Itself



    (In Prose)



    by Louis Dalrymple (1888)

    poetry repeats itself (1888)


    “A traveler, by the faithful hound,
    Half-buried in the snow was found,
    Still grasping in his hand of ice
    That banner with the strange device:
    ‘Excelsior.’”


    And then, seventy-five-ish years later:

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    No Wonder He Was Frightened Off!



    by Louis Dalrymple (1899)

    no wonder he was frightened off (1899)


    The LOC says:

    Print shows Admiral George Dewey carrying a suitcase labeled "Dewey U.S.A.", and coming ashore where he is beset by gnats carrying signs that state "Write us a soap advertisement, This house you can't use but please accept it (Brooklyn Eagle), Invitation to attend county fair, Request for autograph, Invitation to dinner, Nomination for President, Proposal of marriage, Request to lecture, [and] Write us a war story".


    Lazy Curator™ says: The eagle-eyed Weekly Puck readers with long memories will remember that Dewey accepted that nomination...briefly.
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    Weighed and Not Wanting



    by Louis Dalrymple (1901)

    weighed and not wanting (1901)


    Uncle Sam’s Balance of Trade is now the largest favored trade balance any nation has ever had in its foreign trade.


    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows a bloated Uncle Sam labeled "Balance of Trade" sitting on one side of a scale labeled "Commerce of the World" and outweighing the group of nations on the other side of the scale, "Greece, Spain, China, Russia, Mexico, Africa, Germany, France, England, Turkey, Japan, [and] Asia."


    Lazy Curator­™ is feeling extra lazy this week, and has nothing to add.
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    Our Queer Way



    by Louis Dalrymple (1898)

    our queer way (1898, cropped)


    How Our Hero of the Most Remarkable Campaign of the Century Is Regarded Abroad, and How Some of Us Treat Him at Home.


    The LOC says:

    Print shows General William R. Shafter, larger than life, in Europe standing before the rulers of France (Felix Faure), Austria (Franz Joseph I), Germany (William II), Italy (Umberto I), and Russia (Nicholas II), and with John Bull representing England; they bow, tip their hats, and salute him, acknowledging his success during the Spanish-American War. Depicted in an insert is the treatment Shafter received in the U.S. from the dogs of "Yellow Journalism" and hands with pointing fingers labeled "Amateur Magazine Strategist" and "Know-it-all Critic" holding a quill pen labeled "Hate", and other hands labeled "Sensationalism" and "Impudent [sic] Newspaper Reporter" holding clubs labeled "Malice" and "Revenge", also a boot labeled "Jealousy".


    Lazy Curator™ sez: IT MEANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THOSE DAYS! PLEASE DISPENSE WITH THE CRUDE JOKES!

    [deep, cleansing breath] That said, Puck certainly didn’t depict “Pecos Bill” as “larger than life” as much as some publications insisted on doing. [ahem!]
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    Time to Clean Up, Boys, and Look Pretty!



    by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

    time to clean up boys and look pretty


    A room full of 1891 contemporaries washing up. Note the roller towel (ick! I’m glad those germ magnets are pretty much a thing of the past!) marked “World’s Fair Question.” Among those seen in this image: Theodore Roosevelt (under the shower spray in the background, far right), Charles A. Dana (in center frame holding the brush marked “Sun”), Joseph Pulitzer (to Dana’s right, washing his hands), Thomas Platt (left foreground, at the leftmost washbasin), David Hill (entering with dirty hands) and William McKinley (just behind the curtain). (That could be Stephen Elkins, center frame, between Dana and Hill, but don’t quote me on that.)
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    The Physician of the Period



    by Louis Dalrymple (1897)

    physician of the period, the (1897)

    He Has Ordinary and Inexpensive Ailments for Ordinary Patients and High-sounding and Costly Maladies for the Rich.



    Lazy curator rejoices in the end of the government shutdown, it means I can defer to LOC yet again:

    Print shows an elderly physician sitting in a chair in an office, hanging on the wall is a fee schedule labeled, on the left, "Ailments for People of Moderate Means. Low Fees" and on the right, "Same Ailments for Rich Patients. Fees Accordingly". For example, on the left "Colic $5.00" becomes, on the right, "Appendicitis $1000.00", "Earache 5.00" becomes "Otitis Media 250.00", "Indigestion 5.00" becomes "Acute Gastro-Enteretis 400.00", and "That Tired Feeling 5.00" becomes "Neurasthenia 350.00". A young messenger boy is delivering a message and in the background, well-dressed patients are sitting in a waiting room.


    Times sure have changed, eh? Nowadays, doctors charge the same high rates to everyone and “ordinary” people just can’t afford to get sick.

    What say you, Weekly Puck readers? Should I add a Louis Dalrymple tag, or no? It seems I have been featuring a lot of his art of late.

    EDIT: it seems I already have a tag for him. Never mind!
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    The Outcome



    by Louis Dalrymple (1899)

    outcome, the (1899)


    Letting LOC do the talking again:

    Print shows General William R. Shafter looking through binoculars at General Nelson A. Miles who is emerging from the small opening of a large ear trumpet labeled "Spanish-American War"


    Bonus image: a rare portrait of General Milesbehind the cut )
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    In the Pantheon of the Sun



    by Louis Dalrymple (1895)

    in the pantheon of the sun (1895)


    Editor Dana (enthusiastically).—There he is, fellow citizens of this glorious republic, the greatest statesman the world has ever seen, and the only thing that’s left of the Democratic Party.


    As per normal, Lazy-Man Curator defers to the Library of Congress:

    Print shows Charles A. Dana sitting at a desk on which a diminutive David B. Hill labeled "I am a Democract" [sic] is standing next to a large book labeled "Speeches of D.B. Hill"; in a niche in the background is a bust of Benjamin F. Butler. On July 9, 1896, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, David B. Hill will deliver a speech that begins "I am a Democrat, but I am not a revolutionist."


    The cobwebs on Butler’s bust are a nice touch.
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    A Much-Needed Comedy Element in the Campaign of 1900



    by Louis Dalrymple (1900)

    much needed comedy element in the campaign of 1900, a (1900)


    In a circus, flanked by William Jennings Bryan (riding a donkey) and William McKinley (riding an elephant) appears Spanish-American war hero Admiral George Dewey, dressed as a clown. Ribbons on his cap read “I am a candidate,” a tag on his pocket reads “I am a Democrat” and a fallen balloon reads “It’s easy to be President” (apparently paraphrased from an actual quote).

    Needless to say, Dewey would prefer to forget his abortive, embarrassing bid for the Presidency. He promptly withdrew from the race and endorsed McKinley.
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    Sorry for the delay. This should have been up yesterday at the latest:

    A Burning Shame



    by Louis Dalrymple (1893)

    burning shame, a (1893)


    The captions read;

    Museum Manager.—Go downstairs and tell the freaks they can’t smoke cigarettes here.
    Janitor.—That ain’t a cigarette you smell.
    Museum Manager.—What is it?
    Janitor.—The India-rubber man got pushed agin’ the stove.


    O dear. Dime museums. Values dissonance ahoy!

    Return to the dime museum with Freddy Opper.
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    Times Have Changed



    by Louis Dalrymple (1889)

    times have changed (1889)


    A gigantic Thomas Platt threads together New York politicians with a giant needle, while an inset flashes back to 1881, with Platt dutifully following mentor Roscoe Conkling, bearing a folder marked ‘“Me Too” Platt.’

    Republican party boss Platt had something of a stranglehold on New York politics at the end of the 19th century. If he’s remembered for anything today, it’s for inadvertently (and doubtless to his great embarrassment) making Teddy Roosevelt president (by installing him as McKinley’s vice-president to stop his political reforms as New York governor).

    Also: yikes! That is some violent imagery, considering the needle does indeed seem to be going right through Mr. Miller’s body (though he looks more merely annoyed than anything).

    Related image.
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    All caught up!

    The New Order of Things at the Boston Public Library



    No Puck and Plenty of Gloom.



    by Louis Dalrymple (1892)

    new order of things at the boston public library, the (1892)


    Inspired by an 1892 edict in which Boston banned humourous periodicals from their public libraries. Apparently, this was a thing for a long time.

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