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A Harmless Explosion



by Joseph Keppler (1881)

harmless explosion, a (1881)


This image is one of Keppler’s personal favourites and it’s no mystery why, commemorating as it does the drama-filled resignation of one of his pet targets, New York senator Roscoe Conkling. Conkling expected an upwelling of support in the wake of his resignation; with supporters rallying round begging him to return.

That didn’t happen. Note that Chester A. Arthur, Conkling’s old friend and colleague, is the only one displaying shock and surprise by the event. The sputtering toy balloon represents junior senator Thomas Platt also resigning in an apparent “Me too!” gesture. Platt himself remembered the episode differently.

You can read the whole story here.

EDIT: Woo-hoo! New scan and Google™ Books link, per 9/30/2015!

EDIT × 2: Re-scanned, per 5/21/2017

Date: 2011-04-09 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] broduke2000.livejournal.com
I could see any Tea Party Republican portrayed this way in modern day times.

Date: 2011-04-09 07:10 am (UTC)

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