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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!

progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (pride goeth before destruction)

The Age of Accommodation

by Frederick Opper (1885)

age of accomodation, the (1885)

Photographer.—“The negative is simply superb. Now—er—how many years back would you like to have it retouched?”

Lazy Curator™ sez: I like the sign on the wall: “Try Our Electric Lithographs and Look Lovely.”

Beware the Google™ Books© click-through. “Some Warm Summers,” the story on the same page (and its accompanying caricature) will make you cringe!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

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

Future Occupations for Roosevelt

by J. S. Pughe (1907)

future occupations for roosevelt (1907)

A Few of the Things He Can Turn His Hand to After Leaving the Presidency

The LOC says:

Illustration shows a vignette cartoon with Theodore Roosevelt, at center, as a rugged "Guide for City Sportsmen", with surrounding scenes showing Roosevelt as a teacher of "Natural History", an "Instructor in the Manly Art" of boxing, a coach for athletic sports, and as a physician.

Lazy Curator™ sez: Apropos, considering I’m going into a new line of work, or at least starting at a new workplace. Some of the facial expressions in this one crack me up. Ah, that Pughe.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Danksagung Tag 1885.

by Joseph Keppler (1885)

Danksagung Tag 1885

Sequel image to this image and this one. President Cleveland and his cabinet around the Thanksgiving dinner table, being presented a (unplucked, possibly live) turkey borne by Puck with a tag attached reading “With Compliments of All Good Citizens.” Around the table, clockwise from top left:

  • W. F. Vilas

  • William Crowninshield Endicott

  • W. C. Whitney

  • A. H. Garland

  • Grover Cleveland

  • Thomas Bayard

  • Daniel Manning

  • Lucius Q. C. Lamar

  • When I discovered that Mr. Endicott’s middle name was Crowninshield, I just had to share that information. Probably the most flattering image of Mr. Bayard that has ever appeared in Puck’s pages, or ever would.
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    President Cleveland and His Cabinet

    by Joseph Keppler (1885)

    president cleveland and his cabinet (1885)

    This isn’t the image I originally planned to post. I’d originally planned the one of Cleveland’s 1893 cabinet, but I had to switch it around. I just could not deny you the fabulousness of Mr. Endicott’s moustache. Compare this image to Keppler’s rendering of Benjamin Harrison’s cabinet, which is really a pretext to get in another dig at James Blaine.

    Mr. Whitney has appeared in The Weekly Puck before (here, to be precise), as has Mr. Bayard (too many times to count).
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    “Ship-Building for Repairs”

    by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

    ship-building for repairs (1885)

    Secretary Whitney.—“It seems to me, Gentlemen, that you have been Repairing a Damaged Party out of a Decaying Navy.”

    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows Secretary of the Navy, William C. Whitney, carrying a large book labeled "Navy Yard Investigations", confronting George M. Robeson, William E. Chandler, and John Roach, who are cowering at his approach outside the "U.S. Navy Ya[rd] Office"; Whitney is gesturing toward sailing ships that are being repaired, among those identified are "Shenandoah for Building $463,866 Repairs $906,481, Ossipee for Building $407,064 for Repairs $1,197,391, Kearsarge cost $286.918 Repairs $1,123,416, [and] Mohican Repairs cost $900,000".
    progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

    The Other Half / The Better Half

    by Leighton Budd (1911)

     photo theotherhalf-thebetterhalf1911_zps1bc0570f.jpg

    For maximum enjoyment of this image, view it upside-down as well.
    progbear: Major-General Progbear (Pride goeth before destruction)

    Quite the Correct Ki-Bosh in Its Way

    by Joseph Keppler (1880)

    Quite the Correct Ki-Bosh in Its Way (1880)

    Eugene’s unique device for escaping the attentions of “those howwid leap-ye-aw girls, you know.”

    Of course, a reference to a certain Leap Day tradition.

    I know. Don’t explain the joke!

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