Thanksgiving Day, 1884
by Bernhard Gillam (1884)
“Let Us Be Thankful!”
Grover Cleveland walks past carrying a turkey marked “Presidency” as his political rivals dine on crow. Those I can identify definitively: James Blaine (seated, far left), W. W. Phelps (standing, behind Blaine, apparently acting as a waiter), George Robeson (seated, behind table, holding knife and fork), Stephen W. Dorsey (standing, behind Robeson), William Mahone (standing—yes, really—to the left of Dorsey), Henry Cabot Lodge (seated, between Blaine and Robeson), Whitelaw Reid (standing, center, holding tray lid), Stephen Elkins (seated, to the right of Reid, holding his head), Charles A. Dana (seated, far right), Ben Butler (seated, right foreground), John Alexander Logan (seated, left foreground), Cyrus Field (standing, with elbow out of window), Thomas Platt (standing, to the left of Field) and Roscoe Conkling (peering through the doorway). I believe the dog represents John Kelly. Jay Gould can be seen leaning out of a window across the street bearing a sign reading “My congratulations.”
I went out of my usual running order to force this one because it was seasonally appropriate. In other words: two “comic-y” panels over the next two weeks.