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The Reform Express



The “Practical Politicians” Are Left by the Roadside



by Udo J. Keppler (1893)

reform express, the (1893)


Lazy Curator™ sez: A steam train named the Reform Express is helmed by Grover Cleveland and Walter Gresham (Sec’y of State). Shaking their fists at the train from ground level are David B. Hill, “Murphy,” “McLaughlin,” “Sheehan,” Henry Watterson, Charles A. Dana (bearing a knife marked “Spite”) and Richard Croker.

This image was featured on this Japanese steam engine site, erroneously credited as being from Judge.

The poor junior Keppler had clearly yet to step out of the shadow of his illustrious father. I suppose he had to wait for Dear Old Dad to kick the bucket before he could exert his own will and develop his own style. Isn’t that always the way?
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Fire Protection Wanted



by Udo J. Keppler (1901)

fire protection wanted (1901)


The Democratic Phoenix: If they'd just keep that Bryan boy from playing around me with matches I wouldn't have to do this stunt every four years.


The LOC says:

Illustration shows the Democratic Party platform in flames with a donkey labeled "Democratic Party" rising from the flames as the mythological phoenix; eleven Democratic Party members have gathered around the fire to supplicate the supernatural being.


Lazy Curator™ sez: The deeper I dive into the Puck rabbit hole, the more I realize that some of my early perceptions were wrong. By the turn of the century, Udo Keppler was coming into his own, earning a style distinct from his father’s. It’s helpful to compare his illustrating style by looking at figures both men have depicted, such as David B. Hill (foreground left) and Henry Watterson (far right).

“Bryan” is a reference to perpetual Democratic presidential candidate and “free silver” advocate William Jennings Bryan (not pictured).

EDIT: You know, I might just be wrong about the elder Keppler depicting Hill. At least a recent audit hasn’t turned up anything in the Weekly Puck archive. If he did do him (get your minds out of the gutter), I haven’t come across it yet. Oh well, at least it gave me a chance to update the tags of past entries. More on that next time...
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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 shows...you 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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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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A Classical Instance



by Udo J. Keppler (1891)

classical instance, a (1891)


Hercules.—I love you; will you be mine?
Omphale.—Yes; but you must give up your club.


Lazy Curator sez: It’s a play on words! Get it? Ba-dump-bump!

I know. Don’t Explain the Joke!

Early contribution from Keppler the Younger, before his father passed on.
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Our National Dime Museum



by Udo J. Keppler (1898)

our national dime museum (1898)


Lazy Curator is turning over a new leaf for 2015, and has vowed not to be so lazy.....

Ha! Gotcha! Here’s what the LOC has to say about this pitcher:

Print shows a bloated Civil War veteran sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states "How the Fatman has grown. Number of Pensioners over 30 Years After the Close of the War 976,014. Number in waiting 200,000". On display next to him is Uncle Sam sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states "The Living Skeleton. He has run behind $46,000,000 in 5 months and the Fatman keeps on Worrying him". At the base of the pedestal where they are sitting is a sign that states "What it cost to raise Him. Pensions appropriation in 1866 $13,500,000... in 1897 $142,000,000. Unless policy is entirely changed it will soon require - $160,000,000.
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“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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Easing Her Last Days



by Udo J. Keppler (1893)

easing her last days (1893)


Charles A. Dana seems to be euthanizing Old Lady G.O.P. here with a syringe marked “Sun Morning.” At her feet, a box of tubes marked “False and Misleading Reports About the Administration.”

I believe the cat is there just for show.
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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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Christmas in Our New Possessions



by Udo J. Keppler (1902)

Christmas in Our New Possessions (1902)


Santa Claus:—Phew! I’m glad to oblige Uncle Sam, of course! But next time I come, I’ll wear khaki!


On the one hand, ick! “White Man’s Burden.”

On the other hand, sweaty Santa in his underthings.

On the other, other hand, he’s wearing his pants and union suit. No wonder he’s still sweating.

On the other, other, other hand, it’s still the Edwardian era. This was perilously close to nudity.

On the other, other, other, other hand, since when was Santa from the USA? Did we nab the North Pole from the Spanish as well?

On the other, other, other, other, other hand, somewhere along the line, I seem to have acquired five hands.
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Kipling’s Terrible Nightmare



by Udo J. Keppler (1903)

kipling's terrible nightmare (1903)


Dear Lazywebs, a.k.a. the Library of Congress:

Illustration shows Rudyard Kipling sitting up in his bed, pulling the covers up for protection, on the nightstand is an inkpot labeled "Hatred"; he is dreaming of the "Anglo-German Alliance" which shows Edward VII, King of Great Britain and William II, Emperor of Germany, embracing.


Well, that’ll teach ol’ Ruddy to wear his glasses to bed.

Insert erotic friend fiction in the comments below, e.g.: “Chad the Zombie touched the butt of that girl with frosted hair from art class.”
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The Good Old Days



by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

good old days, the (1906)


Lazy curator this time defers to elections.harpweek.com:

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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A Ghostly Warning to Certain Presidential Aspirants



by Udo J. Keppler (1902)

ghostly warning to certain presidential aspirants, a (1902)


Again, why bother describing this one when the LOC has done the hard work for me?

Illustration shows the ghost of General Winfield Scott Hancock offering a warning to "presidential aspirants" General Nelson A. Miles, Admiral George Dewey, and Rear Admiral Winfield S. Schley, all about to step off a cliff in an effort to reach the chair of the "Presidency" hovering out of reach.


More on Dewey’s quickly discredited attempt to run for President here. No relation to Thomas Dewey, of “Dewey Defeats Truman” infamy, apparently, though he was born the same year this cartoon was published.
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Light in Darkest Russia



by Udo J. Keppler (1903)

light in darkest russia (1903)


Feeling lazy again, so here’s the description from the LOC entry:

Illustration shows Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, kneeling on one knee before a pillow on which rests a scroll of papers labeled "Ukase civil and religious Reforms"; rays of light labeled "Enlightenment" beam down illuminating Nicholas II.
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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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Putting Yellow Journalism in Its Place



The Hero of Santiago Has Done Many Good Things, And This Is Not the Least of Them.



by Udo J. Keppler (1898)

putting yellow journalism in its place (1898) crop


Major General William Rufus Shafter was instrumental in getting reporters fired from the New York Journal and New York World for printing fake stories to increase circulation. He was probably motivated for the great (and unfair) criticism he received in the press when he was selected to serve in the Spanish-American War.

More about this story here.
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The Old Salt Salutes



by Udo J. Keppler (1904)

old salt salutes, the (1904)


Poseidon salutes a Japanese warship, with fallen Russian warships in its wake.

Read more about the Russo-Japanese War. (Frequent visitors to my journal will recognize Admiral Makarov, who died in this conflict)

Sorry for the stamp. It appears on the front cover of all the 1904 issues currently in the Google Books archive.
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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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