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Little Roosevelt!!!

The Grand Old Party Must Be Hard Up!

by Joseph Keppler (1887)

little roosevelt (1887)

The old belated party knights
Equip their hero for the fray—
Yes, they who fought for equal rights
Through all the nation’s darkest day
Their earlier steps would now retrace,
And bring the spoilsmen’s slavery back—
Their only objects pay and place—
Their champion—a jumping jack.

Lazy Curator™ sez: [shakes head] I really don’t know where to begin with this one.

Image shows a young Theodore Roosevelt being placed in a suit of armor. Allow me to identify the rest LOC-style: William Evarts, John Sherman, “Hiscock,” “an unidentified man,” Stephen Elkins, “Porter,” Henry Cabot Lodge, “N. Davis,” Stephen Dorsey and James Blaine (bearing “Credit Mobilier,” “Mulligan Letters” and “Little Rock” plumes, see: “The Plumed Knight”). By “LOC-style” I mean, “Don’t know the full name? Put it in quotes! Can’t identify the personage? Put ‘an unidentified man’ down as a placeholder and forget about it!”

I feel so dirty!

Also, three exclamation points? Really, Mr. Keppler?
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In the Republican Eden

by Udo J. Keppler (1907)

in the republican eden (1907)

“Ye shall not eat it, neither shall ye touch it.”—Genesis 2:3.

Lazy Curator™ sez: Image know what? I could go on my usual exhaustive examination of all the elements of this image and what/who they represent. You know, “Blah blah blah, George Cortelyou as a frog, blah,” that sort of thing? But I thought...why bother? The second the words “naked Teddy Roosevelt” get typed up on the screen, you people will see nothing else.

So there! Your perversion enables my laziness.

Isn’t this a bit of a symbiotic relationship?
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“Maybe It Won’t Take, Bill”

by L. M. Glackens (1907)

maybe it won't take bill (1907)

Lazy Curator™ sez: Self-explanatory, William Howard Taft is having a “Presidential Vaccine” administered by Teddy Roosevelt. Using a scalpel! Ouch! If that’s the way they used to do it, it really puts getting a shot in perspective!
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.
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Putting the Screws on Him

by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

putting the screws on him (1904)

Image courtesy of the Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt.

The LOC says:

Illustration shows George B. Cortelyou turning a vice to squeeze money for Theodore Roosevelt's campaign from a bloated man labeled "The Trusts".

Lazy Curator™ sez: I owe you two this week. Watch this space!
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The Parade of the Pigmies

by Udo J. Keppler (1899)

parade of the pigmies, the (1899, cropped)

The LOC says:

Print shows Uncle Sam and Columbia observing from a viewing stand on the right and a group of American military officers observing from a viewing stand on the left, a small group of elderly men parading with a banner showing a portrait of Emilio Aguinaldo labeled "Aguinaldo Our Hero".

Lazy Curator sez: Oh! Making me do my homework, eh? Who’s lazy now? Very well, it seems the viewing stand on the left is populated by:

Front row: George Dewey, Winfield Scott Schley, William Sampson (?), William Rufus Shafter
Second row: Henry Lawton (?), Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Wheeler
Third row: J. Franklin Bell, Arthur MacArthur, E. Stephen Otis, [Unknown, possibly Henry Clark Corbin?]
and bringing up the rear, Nelson Miles.

The tall, thin “pigmy” hoisting the banner seems to be Carl Schurz.

EDIT: Compare this image
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An Eruption of Mount Teddy

by Udo J. Keppler (1906)

eruption of mount teddy, an (1906)

The LOC says:

Illustration shows President Theodore Roosevelt as a volcano erupting and spewing a dark cloud labeled "Tax on Wealth", which causes an elephant labeled "G.O.P." to race for safety; on the left, is a mountain shaped like Charles W. Fairbanks, looking very stoic.

No omissions or mistakes to nit-pick means Lazy Curator’s job is finished for this week.
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Three-hour miniseries produced for TNT, based on the Spanish-American War, in particular the activities of the Arizona Volunteers, from the same man who brought you Red Dawn. Rather entertaining if you don’t care about historical accuracy. Myself, I couldn’t help but get over how the production design team played Mr. Potato Head with the Major Generals: Generals Wheeler and Shafter had their facial hair swapped out*.

I also noticed that General Wheeler was portrayed as a borderline psychopath. I don’t know if that was a directorial decision or just a foregone conclusion on account of him being played by Gary Busey Who was, incidentally, too chunkified by 1997 to convincingly portray Wheeler, who even at that advanced age was built like a stick-insect. Meanwhile, Shafter spends two-thirds of the film with an inappropriate Southern drawl. My hypothesis: it might have been the case of actor Rodger Boyce not even bothering to conceal his own Southern accent, rather than my joke about Shafter being from “the south of Michigan” (or being inordinately suggestible after spending one day in Tampa). I’d say they should have gone with my suggestion: have Sam Elliott play him in a fat suit. But I can’t imagine Elliott being content for playing a role that would call for him to sit under a tent and peer through binoculars while barking orders.

Elliott is, of course, in this; you can’t have a latter-day film with anything resembling Old West theming without him. Unsurprisingly, he’s a highlight of the film: he’s one of those charismatic performers who’s just a pleasure to watch/listen to no matter what he’s doing. He plays “Bucky” O’Neill, who I’m half-regretful to say has been reduced to a punchline to a joke thanks to the Cartoon Network show Clarence (Half-regretful, I say, because it’s a funny joke; do a Google search on “Rough Riders Chicken” if you don’t believe me).

The real reason to watch this is Tom Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt. He owns the role, and does everything you’d want to in the part...namely chew every bit of scenery in sight. I get the feeling he jumped at the chance to take the part, and begged the producers for the casting. I’m even envisioning a sort of Sean Young/Catwoman scenario with him bursting into the producers’ office on horseback, dressed in full Rough Riders uniform complete with pince-nez spectacles, waving a saber around and shouting “Bully!” I imagine the reaction was something like, “Well, he’s totally nuts and we’re scared of him, but damn if he’s not convincing. Hands up, who thought it was the ghost of the real Teddy Roosevelt when he first barged in?”

Any scene with him is guaranteed to be watchable. It’s made even better by the presence of Ileana Douglas as Mrs. Roosevelt. After seeing so many on-screen couples displaying all the on-screen interaction of dead fish in the water, it really warms my heart to see two people with dynamite chemistry. It made me long for another, related film of just the two of them as the Roosevelts and their day-to-day lives. It made me long for a series of latter-day screwball comedies with them as the new Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. I’d pay good money to see that. Make it happen, Hollywood!

*On second viewing, it’s like they played Mr. Potato Head with all their hair. In real life, Gen. Wheeler had a full beard, but was balding, and Gen. Shafter had a full head of hair and a moustache. In the film, it’s the other way around. Oh, you’l see when I post the screenshots. Surely, I’m the only person on Earth that would notice or care about this!

Screen-captures forthcoming.

Lucky Seven

Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:17 pm
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Self-portrait right outside of my house. There’s supposed to be a rainbow off to the left, but the shot is framed incorrectly. Oh well:

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Getting some last minute stuff done before returning to work. Including some DVD transfers, so I have lots and lots of viewing material for the work season. A couple of ’em are pretty self-indulgent: the 1997 3-hour Rough Riders mini-series and Blackie the Pirate (1971) starring Bud Spencer in particular. Saving up the original 1948 Vice-Versa for viewing with [ profile] albadger and the previously-mentioned Goin’ Coconuts for soon-to-be birthday boy [ profile] 2ndbanana, both of whom I’ll be seeing this weekend.

My great new discovery of the past week was Simply Bowl, on University in Berkeley. After the grievous loss of Yaki Ichiban at the Emery Bay Public Market, I’ve been looking for someplace to get my curry tonkatsu fix, and I think I may have found it. They serve it in a rice bowl with a side of...crunchy red stuff. I guess it’s some kind of radish. Whatever it is, it’s good! I’ll be back here!
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Thanksgiving 1907

by L. M. Glackens (1907)

thanksgiving 1907

“For What He Is About to Receive, Let Us Be Truly Thankful”

The LOC says:

Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt about to chop the head off a turkey labeled "Flim-Flam Finance" on the chopping block, the feathers are labeled "Worthless Collateral, Wild Cat Bank, Fake Bonds, Worthless Securities, [and] Fake Stocks"; a diminutive man labeled "Small Investor" is standing in front of the chopping block, holding an axe.

Lazy Curator™ sez: it looks like Teddy got into the spirit of Thanksgiving feasting a bit early back in 1907. Off-model strikes again!
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

“Terrible Teddy” Waits for “The Unknown”

by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

terrible teddy waits for the unknown

Yes, I know nothing can top young Teddy taking a shower so I elected to not even try. The image is self-explanatory, at least Lazy Curator™ hopes it is.

EDIT: I should watch what I say, because...young Teddy taking a shower? I think it’s been topped!
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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.)
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Bugaboo of the Anti-Expansionist

by Udo J. Keppler (1899)

bugaboo of the anti-expansionist, the (1899, crop)

Laziness overtaketh me again, so I again defer to the LOC, who’ve already done the hard work of identifying the many, many faces in this image (some were obvious to me, others obscure):

Print shows President William McKinley riding on an elephant driven by Marcus A. Hanna and carrying Russell A. Alger, Nelson Dingley, William R. Day, and William T. Sampson. A second elephant follows, and a group of men that includes "Nelson A. Miles, Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Wheeler, Fitzhugh Lee, Henry C. Lodge, William R. Shafter, Winfield S. Schley, John T. Morgan, Cushman K. Davis, George Dewey, and others, march alongside under the standard “Imperialism for Ever.” A group of disgruntled men sit on the roadside, watching the procession.

May I add, the word “bugaboo” is too little-used these days? And why did bicorn hats ever go out of fashion? (All right, to be fair, they did look rather silly.)

May I also add that “and others” naturally makes me think of “and the rest”?

EDIT: May I add that there’s something odd about this image? Look at the marching officers in the foreground. Notice anything odd? I’ll give you a hint, it’s a “one of those things is not like the other” kind of thing.....Give up? They’re all done in a photo-realistic fashion except for poor General Shafter, who’s made to look like a freaking cross-eyed hippo!
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Another self portrait from the streets of Berkeley. Enjoy it, it’s your last of 2013:

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Haven’t done too much with the upcoming Movie Explorer episode. Well, when I was waiting for a taping opportunity for the last episode, I wrote a large part of a long and protracted intro, but I haven’t worked on it since then. In the meantime, I did post Myra, finally. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular one (for me).

In other news, look what [ profile] albadger got me for [insert name of wintertime holiday here]:

What could it be? )
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Good Old Days

by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

good old days, the (1906)

Lazy curator this time defers to

As the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1900, Roosevelt had campaigned energetically on a 21,000-mile campaign tour, delivering 673 speeches before an estimated audience of three million Americans. This cartoon humorously depicts how in 1904 he grudgingly abided by the custom that, for the sake of “Civic Decency,” incumbent presidents not campaign openly for reelection. Here, Roosevelt remembers his impassioned stump speaking from the previous campaign and seethes angrily that he is now silenced by the longstanding tradition. Nevertheless, Roosevelt managed to remain in the limelight by opening the White House to the press, making policy statements, and conducting official duties with an eye toward making headlines. Behind the scenes, he oversaw the campaign with constant orders to Republican National Committee Chairman George Cortelyou and other staff members, and sent numerous suggestions to his unofficial organ, the New York Press. In 1916, Democrat Woodrow Wilson became the first sitting president to go on a reelection speaking tour.

Yes, I am aware that the filename (erroneously) says 1906. Get off my back!
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This week’s self-portrait from the South Yuba River. Not in the look-alikes series:

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Oh, what an adventure last Saturday was. Joined a hiking group going up to the South Yuba River for swimming. The hike was a tad longer than expected but as you might guess, for the best swimming, you need to walk as far in as you can. By the time I made it home, I was sore, achey and sunburned but it was totally worth it! Not only was the setting devastatingly gorgeous, the river was refreshing in the 90°+ heat. Some more adventurous souls than I went down a rock “slide” which then funneled them into a miniature waterfall. I was content to ride a swift-moving current which channeled the swimmer between several large rocks. It was just enough excitement for me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much like Teddy Roosevelt, it was almost more than I was worth to ride the current down, then leap up at the completion and shout, “BULLY!”

It wasn’t all the “good” sort of adventure, what with the sunburn (on account of haphazardly applied sunscreen) and the foot-burn (sand gets hot when its hot outside. Duh!). Also, when filling up with gas in Dixon, I stupidly locked my keys in my car and was delayed half an hour waiting for the locksmith to come and rescue me. And we still made it to the river by 10:30, plenty of time to find a plum parking spot and meet up with my group.

LOTS of exciting news, most of it in the past 24 hours. First of all, there finally seems to be some development on the job front. I had a phone interview for a position I’ve been pursuing since April. I’d completely forgotten about it until last week, I got an e-mail about it. It’s not a lock, but they did seem pretty desperate to fill a vacancy.


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It seems my short video, Oscar Reviews a Film was selected to be one of seventeen lucky entrants to get his/her video shown at the Indie Video Showcase at ConBravo! 2013 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It’s a pity I can’t make a personal appearance, as I can afford neither the airfare nor the lodging, not to mention I don’t have a passport and can’t get one made in time. But hey, if you happen to be in the area and want to see the screening, it’s to be screened on Friday, July 26th at 8:00 PM EST (GMT-5), in Panel B.

In related Movie Explorer news, I recorded two Boss Twill dialogues with [ profile] albadger in one fell swoop (At the completion of recording his lines, Al could be heard to quip, “Your boss is kind of a jerk!”). Hopefully, the next episode will be taped this week...if I manage to get the script ready in time! Also, Al is responsible for contributing to future episodes by getting me a rather rare movie on video. Thanks!

Not as exciting, but it seems like my LJ finally broke into the top 1000 after weeks of languishing outside. I think this post was all it took. Incidentally, sorry, but in the confusion I neglected The Weekly Puck again, and I owe you two this week again.
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Jack and the Giant

by Udo J. Keppler (1907)

jack and the giant (1907)

Feeling extra lazy this week, so I’ll just cut-paste the description of this image from the LOC:

Illustration shows Theodore Roosevelt as a giant sitting on a rock with a large stick across his lap; he is being challenged by a diminutive figure labeled "The Constitution" with a large sword and two even smaller figures labeled "You" and "Me".

Good thing they mentioned the “two even smaller figures” or I never would have spotted them!

I owe you a second image this week, on account of flaking out on this last week.
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Impossible Pictures of Roosevelt

by Frank A. Nankivell (1907)

impossible pictures of roosevelt (1907)

I haven’t featured Teddy here in a while. I’m overdue.

Pretty much self-explanatory. It helps to view this one full-sized (it’s all slanty in the Google Books archive; sorry about that). For context (I guess? [shrugs shoulders]) the lapel of the man in the lower left corner reads “Chancellor Bay.”

Another great piece of Nankivell artwork. He’s fast becoming my favourite 20th century Puck artist.
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The Crown Prince

by Udo J. Keppler (1906)

crown prince, the(1906)

Teddy Roosevelt, dressed in royal finery, carries a tiny, crowned Taft on his shoulder.

There also exists the reciprocal image, Vice President Fairbanks as Robinson Crusoe, which I may post properly one day.
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A Tip to Fatima Ted

by Udo J. Keppler (1906)

tip to fatima ted, a (1906)

Blue-Beard.—With these keys, my dear, you may go as far as you like, but don’t let me catch you in that room!

Bluebeard, wearing a turban marked “Protected Monopolies,” hands “Fatima” Teddy Roosevelt a bunch of keys marked “Rate Regulation, Meat Inspection, Pure Food and Anti-Trust Laws” but warns him off the room with the door marked “Tariff Revision.”

For those who thought that the “Trust Buster” had an easy job of it...

Also looking at this (and more cartoons of this era), it looks like the junior Keppler did develop his own style. Eventually.

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