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A Hard Pull

by Joseph Keppler (1884)

hard pull, a (1884)

The Mulligan Guards Undertake to Drag Their Magnetic Ammunition Through Ohio

Lazy Curator™ sez: Another in the Mulligan Guards series, with Blaine atop a pile of boxes reading “Compressed Magnetism,” “Condensed Fireworks” and “Campaign Lies...Scandals,” and money bags reading “Vote Persuader” and “Campaign Fund.” He is on a cart reading “J. G. Blaine, Unlicenced Vendor Stocks, Political Influence, Etc.” and is bearing a scroll reading “Aggressive Cash Campaign.” The plumes on his helmet read “Dodger,” “Speakership Record” and “Mulligan Letters.” Atop the cart with him, William Walter Phelps faces backwards, clutching a portrait of George Washington marked “J. G. Blaine.” Various friends, compatriots and contributors attempt to move the heavy cart out of the water, including:

  • Stephen Dorsey and Thomas J. Brady (bearing “Star Route” plumes)

  • Stephen Elkins (bearing an “Enthusiasm” whip)

  • George Robeson

  • Joseph Warren Keifer (with “Corrupt Speaker” plume)

  • Schuyler Colfax (with Credit Mobilier plume and holding a banner reading “Westward the Star of Corruption takes its way”)

  • Whitelaw Reid (laden with the most ridiculous getup, including a pagoda-shaped helmet, pan-pipes, a “Brag” horn with “Campaign Wind” bellows, a “Bluster” bass drum, a “Blaine Organ” with bells dangling from it and, last and most hilariously, a “Blaine Orgun”)

  • Jay Gould, A. M. Clapp and William C. Clayton

  • They were so mean to poor little Walt Phelps. Keppler and his co-workers seemed to take a sadistic delight in mocking, belittling and infantilizing him. This was common practice at Puck for any man of smaller stature, for it was the same for the likewise diminutive Thomas C. Platt. Though in his case, Platt was a complete and total weenie, so he kind of deserved it.
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    Sufficient Evidence

    by Samuel Ehrhart (1889)

    sufficient evidence (1889)

    Esau Goup.—I say, Elisha, did you ever have any faith in hair-restorers?
    Elisha Baldwin.—Why? Don’t I look like a victim of them?

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Let us take a brief moment of appreciation for Samuel Ehrhart, the Puck illustrator with endurance. He stayed with the magazine from the 1880s well into the 20th century. I believe only Udo Keppler remained with the publication longer, and that was largely because of that whole “carrying on Dad’s business” thing.
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    Let ’er Go, Professor!

    by L. M. Glackens (1906)

    let 'er go, professor (1906)

    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows President Theodore Roosevelt at the "Congressional Vaudeville" conducting an orchestra with a large stick labeled "The Big Stick", with two band members, Elihu Root and William H. Taft performing "Overture President's Message".

    Lazy Curator™ sez: I admire Glackens’ restraint here. He could easily have saddled Taft with a tuba.

    What’s going on with Teddy’s left hand?
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    Trying It on the Dog

    by Frank A. Nankivell (1906)

    trying it on the dog (1906)

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Soon to be a major motion picture starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard!

    Trying to shake things up around here but don’t worry. Wait a couple of weeks and it’ll be back to all Keppler/Opper/Gillam, all the time. And you’d think I’d relish these off-weeks where I’m not needing to do research. You know, “notice Stephen Elkins and John J. Ingalls in the background,” that sort of thing. But part of me lives for that.

    Isn’t that just a tiny bit sad?
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    The Agony of the Assessed

    Between Two Terrors

    by Frederick Graetz (1882)

    agony of the assessed, the (1882)

    The LOC says:

    Print shows "G.W. Curtis" and "Jay Hubbell" as executioners, each wearing a mask and holding large axes labeled "Civil Service Reform Association" (Curtis) and "Republican Congressional Committee" (Hubbell). Curtis instructs the "Office Holder" seated between them to "Don't Pay! or be Discharged" and Hubbell instructs the bewildered man to "Pay! or be Discharged".

    Lazy Curator™ sez: I don’t know what it is with Graetz. His stuff always looks weird to me. And I can’t help but notice that the lion’s share of his front cover work happened during the elder Keppler’s self-imposed vacation. I can definitely envision a scenario in which he said, upon his return, something to the effect of, “That one fellow who’s always drawing off-model? Tell him he’s fired!”

    Pondering the addition of a Jay Abel Hubbell tag, despite the fact that this is only his second appearance in The Weekly Puck. That could seriously open the floodgates. What next, George Hoadly? Jeptha Dudley New?
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    Ghoulish Glee

    by Louis Dalrymple (1891)

    ghoulish glee (1891)

    “Why did you laugh so fiendishly at Wiggins when his umbrella blew inside out?”
    “Ha! It was one he borrowed from me a month ago.”

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Dammit, clumsy fingers! It’s Louis Dalrymple! Louis! Not Luis, and not Louisa! Oh well, at least I’m not spelling it “Lewis” anymore! And don’t get me started on Bernhard Gillam...again. [hangs head in shame]
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    Wanted, a Leader

    The Labor-Agitation Orchestra on the Go-As-You-Please Plan

    by Frederick Opper (1886)

    wanted, a leader (1886)

    The good folk at say:

    As one of the nation's most popular political idealists, Henry George was the subject of constant derision by the mainstream press, including this Puck cartoon in which George plays on his Bass-Less Theories, in a Benefit Concert for the Improvement of the Laborer's Condition that includes the Anarchist Press on trombone, Knights of Labor President Terence Powderly on harp, and the American Federation of Labor on cymbals.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: And featuring Dr. McGlynn (seen also in this image) on violin!

    Happy Labor Day, everyone!
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    Or, Why Papa Changed His Mind

    by F. M. Howarth (1895)

    saved or why papa changed his mind (1895)

    Lazy Curator sez: Don’t know why it is, but here in the dying weeks of summer, I start to get a hankering for some Howarth. Here’s another one. You can tell it’s a Howarth from about a mile away, so distinctive is his character style.
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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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    He Had to Swallow That

    by Samuel Ehrhart (1891)

    he had to swallow that (1891)

    Miss Laymlow.—Really, Mr. Squirmley, I do not think that you had better take me out. You don’t know what a perfect Jonah I am, and always will be.
    Mr. Squirmley
    (seizing a long-awaited chance).—Oh, Miss Laym—Clara—let me be the whale!
    Miss Laymlow.—This is very sudden, Mr. Squirmley. But I have no desire for a three days’ engagement.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Just a quickie slid in at the end of the week here. Since I posted the last edition at the start of last week, it feels like forever since I updated this feature! Not a lot to say about this, except that I’ve been sitting on this one for a long time—as in, years—and I really don’t have the slightest idea why I haven’t posted it before.
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    “Me Too!”

    by Frederick Opper (1881)

    me too (1881)

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Image shows Roscoe Conkling as a medieval troubadour strumming a lute under a balcony labelled “Canonchet.” Behind him we see Thomas Platt, similarly attired in comically oversized shoes and given a boost by a sturdy suitcase, doing the same under a balcony marked “Albany.” Also: the moon has a face.

    The more of these I do, the more I link the public figures with their running gags: Platt and his “Me too!”, Conkling and his women’s clothes, James Blaine and his tattoos, Benjamin Harrison being engulfed by his grandfather’s hat, etc. etc.
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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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    Rather Cheeky

    by Samuel Ehrhart (1890)

    rather cheeky (1890)

    Mr. Rowne de Bout.—That man, W. Fearless Gall, has a cast-iron nerve. Do you know him?
    Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt.—Can’t say that I do. I never met him but once, and that was the day he called to ask me to be his best man at his wedding.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: I’m guessing Mr. Vandervelt Roosebilt goes to the same tailor as Albert. Or it was just a silly men’s fashion that Ehrhart liked to depict. Take your pick.
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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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    An Interrupted Lesson in Natural History

    by J. S. Pughe (1901)

    interrupted lesson in natural history, an (1901)

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Nothing to say about the image. But Photobucket decided they didn’t approve of the way I was sharing my images, i.e.: linking to the Google Books archive instead of redirecting you to view the images on their horrible website where you’re bombarded with intrusive popups. So they decided to deactivate my account without any advance warning. Six years of work on this feature (and nearly a decade more on my journal in its entirety) down the drain. They can eat dung for all I care.

    I’ve set up a temporary home at my heretofore-left-fallow Flickr account, but I’m open to suggestions as to better image hosting.
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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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    He Was No Dude

    by C. J. Taylor (1895)

    he was no dude (1895)

    Customer (in uptown drug store).—I want a thirty-grain dose o’ quinine, young man.
    Clerk.—Yes, sir. What will you take it with, sir?
    Customer.—I’ll take it with a spoon. I’m a Wabash Valley man, an’ I ain’t doodish ’nough yet, thank God, to eat with a fork.

    Lazy Curator™ sez: I apologize for the “on the bias” nature of this entry. Wonky Scan strikes again!
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    Puck’s Plan to Rid the Country of Two Embarrassments

    Give Grant the Surplus, and Let Him Spend It on a Little Court of His Own

    by Bernhard Gillam (1884)

    puck's plan to relieve the country of two embarrassments (1884)

    The LOC says:

    Illustration shows Ulysses S. Grant as a king sitting on a throne, surrounded by his courtiers, identified as Rev. J.P. Newman, Henry Ward Beecher, Roscoe Conkling, Jay Gould, George W. Childs, William Belknap, G. Jones, Senator John P. Jones, Simon Cameron, James Donald Cameron, James D. Fish, John A. Logan, T.C. Platt, George M. Robeson, [and] Joseph W. Keifer".

    Lazy Curator™ sez: Conkling looks a little puffy here. Off-model, or some kind of commentary?

    Needless to say, Gilliam hits another one out of the park. Is there any artwork this man produced that wasn’t amazing?
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    How He Kept Solid

    by A. B. Shute (1888)

    how he kept solid (1888)

    Stone.—I say, Upson, it is downright mean of you to deceive me this way. You said you only needed ten dollars to keep solid with your tailor, and here you are setting up champagne for a friend!
    Downes.—Why, bless your soul, this is my tailor! Those two small bottles got me a thirty days’ extension!

    Lazy Curator sez: Sorry, did you say something? I was distracted by the sheer variety of facial hair and period wardrobe on display.

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