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

Puck’s Thanksgiving Dinner to the Destitute and Disappointed Politicians and Labor Agitators



by Joseph Keppler (1887)

puck's thanksgiving dinner to the destitute and disappointed politicians and labor agitators (1887)


Deviantart user RD-DD1843 says:

In the wake of their defeats in 1884 to 1886, Joseph Keppler's "Mr. Puck" serves "cold consolation" and "caustic sauce to various Republican or third party figures. Head of the table is Senator Willaim Malone of Virginia (wearing a Confederate Uniform - he was a Confederate Major General in Lee's Army), followed by James G. Blane (the loser of the election for President in a squeaker), and diminutive Tom Platt of New York State (rebuilding his shattered career in New York Republican circles - in 1881 he shared the end of his then U.S. Senatorial career with Senator Roscoe Conkling, when he was caught with a prostitute in Albany during a special re-election by the New York State Legislature; however Platt eventually was boss of the Republican Party again by the 1890s). Blaine's plumed knight helmet next to him is based on the 1876 "Plumed Knight" speech by prominent lecturer, agnostic, and Republican Robert Ingersoll at that year's nomination convention - which Blaine lost out to "Dark Horse" reformer Rutherford Hayes of Ohio, but the speech became very famous and the nickname for Blaine stuck. Newspaper editor of the "New York Tribune", Whitlaw Reid, heads the back side of the table of losers, followed by New York City reformers Father McGlynn and Henry George - glaring at McGlynn - who lost the 1886 election for Mayor to Abram Hewitt, Republican Senators John Sherman of Ohio and William Evarts of New York (who were Secretaries of the Treasury and State in Hayes' cabinet, but neither of whom could be nominated for the Presidency themselves), and Democrat turned Greenback, former Massachusetts Congressman and Governor, and Union Civil War Major General Benjamin Franklin "Spoons" Butler, who also failed (in 1884) first to get the Democratic nomination instead of Grover Cleveland, and then failed to beat Cleveland.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Also present at the dinner table: Henry B. Lovering, Frederick D. Grant, Harrison H. Riddleberger and Terence Powderly.

On the wall behind them, a painting depicting noted publishers Charles A. Dana and Henry Pulitzer as fighting game-cocks, and another showing The Downfall of Atlas, with Atlas (again, resembling Henry George) having failed to carry a shattered sphere marked “United Party of Labor”).

This image required substantial surgery, as poor “Little Billy” was sat right in the middle of the seam. He kind of looks a little weird to me still.

EDIT: Updated, with additional info (which I wanted to include earlier, but I was in a rush).
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Rip van Winkle’s Return



by Bernhard Gillam (1883)

rip van winkle's return (1883)


The LOC says:

Illustration shows a scene outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign; a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man wearing tattered clothing labeled "Democracy", he looks dazed, as though he has just wandered in from the past, his walking stick is dated "1861". Two dogs labeled "N.Y. Tribune" and "N.Y. Times" sniff at his heels. Among those present are George M. Robeson, Ulysses S. Grant, John Logan, James G. Blaine, Chester A. Arthur (dressed as a woman, serving food and drinks), Charles J. Folger, George F. Hoar, Joseph W. Keifer, Horace F. Page, William Mahone (doing a hand-stand), James D. Cameron, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, George F. Edmunds, John Percival Jones and Thomas C. Platt.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Ah, Gillam, you never disappoint. Some of the expressions here are priceless, Sherman’s and Platt’s in particular, likewise “Little Billy” doing a handstand (still needs readjusting?).

Can’t add to the Conkling in Women’s Clothes tally. As you can plainly see, he gave the dress to Chester.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The New Leader and the Old Chorus



by Bernard Gilliam (1885)

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The LOC sez:

Illustration shows John Logan labeled "New Leader" of the Republican Party, the "party of Reform and Puritee", holding a paper that states "Logan Speec[h] at Boston July 1885", standing in the street between the White House and the U.S. Treasury, leading a chorus of tramps identified as "J. Gould, Field, Mahone, Roach, Riddleberger, T. Platt, Ex leader [James G. Blaine], Robeson, Keifer, Chandler, Brady, [and] Dorsey", and an unidentified blind man who looks like Benjamin F. Butler; some carry battered hand-pails labeled "Empty Hopes". On the U.S. Treasury is a sign "Notice No Tramps" and on the White House, where President Cleveland is leaning out a window, is another sign that states "No Tramps Admitted". Uncle Sam, as a policeman, is leaning against the wall.


Lazy Curator™ sez: Bless you, LOC, for making my job easy. They don’t call me “Lazy Curator” for nothing!

Hmmm...has Logan put on weight since ’84, or is this another one we can chalk up to “off-model”?

William Mahone tag added. It was overdue.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The Presidential Recruiting Office



by Bernard Gilliam (1884)

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The LOC says:

Illustration shows the interior of a recruiting office for the presidency with Uncle Sam and Puck examining potential recruits against a height chart labeled, from low to high, "Notoriety, Popularity, Capability, Honesty, [and at the top] Statesmanship"; a number of men, in various states of undress, have been rejected for a variety of reasons, "Evarts Too Long-Winded, [U.S. Grant] Retired, [Conkling] Too Pigeon-Breasted, [Thomas C. Platt] Me Too Little, Mahone Must be Readjusted, J.B. Rejected Too Crooked, Dana Rejected - Too Shortsighted, [Logan] Grammar Feeble, [Arthur] Rejected No Backbone, [Davis] Short Winded, Sherman Bloody Shirt Mania, [Kelly] Pig-Headed, Payne Oil on the Brain, Randall Protection Madness, Bayard Unstable, [Tilden] Rejected Cipher Catarrh, [and] B[utler] Can't See Straight". Five tall men, "Admitted to the Competition", standing on the right, are "Hewitt, Carlisle, Morrison, Lincoln [and] Edmunds O.K."


Lazy Curator sez: From before Grover Cleveland threw his hat into the ring? Also: “must be readjusted”? Ha ha! I get it! Incidentally, Lincoln does indeed refer to Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Honest Abe.

I owe you two again this week. I’ll try to work on the next one tomorrow.
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

The King Is Dead—Long Live the King!



by Bernard Gilliam (1883)

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Prince Harry Mahone:—
“My due from thee is this imperial crown
* * * * * Lo, here it sits.”—
King Henry IV, Act IV, Sc. 5
[WASHINGTON DISPATCH]
David Davis’s term ending March 4th, Mahone (with Riddleberger, who is his creature,) will wield the balance of power in the next Senate.


Self-explanatory, David Davis, in bed, shakes his fist angrily at “Little Billy” Mahone (of the short-lived Readjuster Party), running off with his crown marked “Balance of Power.”
progbear: Pride Goeth Before Destruction (1900) (Boss Croker inflated)

Thanksgiving Day, 1884



by Bernard Gilliam (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), 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), Charles A. Dana (seated, far right), Ben Butler (seated, right 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.

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