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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).
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The Waterloo of De Style



by F. M. Howarth (1895)

waterloo of de style, the (1895)


Lazy Curator™ sez: Don’t know why, but I was jonesin’ for some Howarth and his big-headed, bug-eyed cartoon characters. These strips are anthologized in a book of so-called “Domestic Dramas.”

I really love the facial expression in Panel 8 for some reason.
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Collapse of Another Buddensiek Structure



by Bernhard Gillam (1885)

collapse of another buddensiek structure (1885)


John Roach.—“It’s all Whitney’s fault. If he hadn’t knocked so hard, it would be standing now.”


Lazy Curator™ sez: Lots to talk about this time, and not entirely all about this specific image, so let’s get started.

Image shows William C. Whitney (Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of the Navy during his first term) brandishing a club, standing before a door with prominent dents on it below a collapsed brick building bearing a sign reading “John Roach & Co. Ships Built for Repairs.” Whitney is also shown holding a sheet of paper reading “Good Work Demanded for Good Money, Sec’y Whitney.” John Roach stands in the foreground, pointing with his thumb and bearing a folded piece of paper reading “John Roach’s Assignment.” He is accompanied by George Robeson and William Chandler.

It’s the same cast of characters as this image. I miss the comical expressions of that one, but it’s Gillam and thus of high quality. On a related note, good God, I have been misspelling Gillam’s name for how long exactly? Six years? Should I change my title to Idiot Curator™? In any case, I’ve taken on the task of gradually fixing my ridiculous mistake as I gradually plug on with the arduous task of repairing the Weekly Puck archive by switching the image hosting. Have I mentioned lately that Photobucket sucks? Added a William Chandler tag for good measure.

The reference to Buddensiek is topical, regarding a corrupt architect of hastily-built tenements that were poorly built and collapsed, killing the occupants.
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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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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?” Well...um...hey, look! It’s Hubert O. Thompson!

[runs]
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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!
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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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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.
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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.
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    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).
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    “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".
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    The Other Half / The Better Half



    by Leighton Budd (1911)

    other half - the better half, the (1911)


    For maximum enjoyment of this image, view it upside-down as well.
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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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    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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