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A map of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia

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Engraved map of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia. Created by Robert King, a surveyor for the city of Washington. In the bottom left corner is a view of the south front of the President's House. In the bottom right corner is a view of the east front of the Capitol of the United States. Mason's Island, later Theodore Roosevelt Island, can be seen on the left of the map.

Resource Type: Map

Subject: Maps; Washington (D.C.); Washington (D.C.)--Theodore Roosevelt Island; White House (Washington, D.C.); United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1818

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles and Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. to "Bamie" (the childhood name of his daughter, Anna Roosevelt Cowles, and "Tedie" [sic], his son Theodore Roosevelt. Written from the Capitol Building, Roosevelt Sr. describes the building and what he has seen in it. He asks both children to be good and help their mother. Letterhead is colored reproduction of engraving of the Capitol.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1861-12-09

Clark’s Spool Cotton advertising card

Description:

1880s advertising card for Clark’s Spool Cotton. Features a picture of the United State Capitol.

Resource Type: Advertisement

Subject: Advertising cards; Advertising; Cotton yarn; Cotton textiles; United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1880-1890?

Shade of A.T.S.-- "Oh, if I could only find my body!"

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Print shows the spirit of Alexander Turney Stewart pulling out his hair as Henry Hilton posts "For Sale" notices on Stewart's commercial enterprises, including the "Grand Union Hotel," the "Windsor Hotel," the "Woman's Park Hotel," the "Chicago House," Stewart's Garden City," and his main building at "10th St. & Broadway," after his widow transferred control to Hilton. Joseph Pulitzer pokes Hilton with a closed umbrella. There is an empty sepulchral monument labeled "Sacred to the Memory of A. T. Stew[art], with a sign that states "To Let" in the right foreground.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Commercial buildings; Sepulchral monuments; Hotels; Inheritance and succession; Ghosts; Tombs; Stores, Retail; New York (State)--New York; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911; Stewart, Alexander Turney, 1803-1876; Hilton, Henry, 1824-1899

Date: 1882-04-26

The political Sodom and Gomorrah are doomed to destruction

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Print shows an angel labeled "New Party" with wings labeled "Tariff-Reform" and "Anti-Monopoly" leading two small orphan children labeled "Political Honesty" and "Political Wisdom" to safety, away from the fires, ignited by lightning labeled "Public Condemnation," that are consuming "Republican Sodom" and "Democratic Gomorrah." Caption: But peradventure the New Party will save these two little orphans from the burning and bring them up for us.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Tariff; Ethics; Orphans; Angels; Fires; Bible stories; Middle East--Sodom (Extinct city); Middle East--Gomorrah (Extinct city); National Independent Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Democratic Party (U.S.)

Date: 1882-05-10

Our robber barons

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Several rogues, including Jay Gould labeled "R. Road Monopolist," William H. Vanderbilt labeled "Corporations," Cyrus W. Field labeled "Telegraph Monopoly," Russell Sage(?) labeled "Stock Jobbing," and George M. Robeson labeled "Congress," rob a "Tax Payer" of his "Income" (Robeson/Congress strangling him with "Unjust Tax"). In the right foreground the tools and "Cloth" the "Tax Payer" needs are "Taxed" as others help themselves to his "Products of Honest Labor." Vanderbilt directs some carrying bags labeled "Plunder" and "Gains" up steps labeled "Tax Steals, Land Grants, Friendly Judges, Lobbyism, [and] Public Apathy" that lead to a large building labeled "Castle Monopoly" atop a mountain. In the background, on the right, are buildings labeled "Manufactory Closed [and] Foundry Closed" and other industrial buildings "Closed." A chain labeled "Protection" blocks the harbor, preventing ships with products for export from departing.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Robbery; Criminals; Corruption; Monopolies; Tariff; Free trade--Protection; Castles; Palaces; Rogues and vagabonds; Buildings; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897

Date: 1882-06-14

Another bombardment - the newspaper fleet firing on the Bedouins in Washington

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Print shows newspaper editors Charles A. Dana, James G. Bennett, Carl Schurz, Henry Watterson, George W. Curtis, and Whitelaw Reid, as well as Puck, with a fleet of paper gunboats labeled "N.Y. Times, N.Y. Sun, N.Y. Herald, Ev. Post, Puck, Brooklyn Eagle, Courier-Journal, Harpers, Phila Times, Mail, [and] N.Y. Tribune." The fleet is firing cannons, "ink" bottles, and pens, bombarding a fortress flying a flag labeled "Plunder," where the walls are comprised of paper bundles labeled "Bills, Jobs, Bargains, Corrupt Bills, [and] Logrolling." The fortress is defended by "Robeson Bey" standing at center with a bandage labeled "Record" around his head, "Keifer" and "Jones," with John A. Logan labeled "306," James D. Cameron, David Davis, John Sherman, and others. Cannonballs burst among them labeled "Criticism, Censure, [and] Condemnation." The fortress cannons are labeled "River & Harbor Bill $20,000,000, Pension Arrears $103,962,300, Monitor Job, Public Buildings, Mileage Steal, [and] Mississippi Levee." Within the fortress are the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Treasury labeled "Ammunition House."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Legislators; Corruption; Newspapers; Newspaper editors; Fortification; Bombardment; Gunboats; Public opinion; Scandals; United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.); Treasury Building (Washington, D.C.); Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Curtis, George William, 1824-1892; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918

Date: 1882-08-02

Uncle Sam's neglected farm

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Print shows Puck's "Independent Party" figure, holding a hoe labeled "Civil Service Reform" and talking to Uncle Sam who is sitting on a fence. Two figures argue on the right. One is labeled, "Democrat, Bourbonism, Secession Record, [and] Stupidity." The other is labeled, "Republican, Monopoly, Pension Swindle, River & Harbor Steal, Credit Mobilier, [and] Bossism." At their feet are farm tools and jugs labeled, "Corruption Bourbonism" and "Spoils Switchel." In the background are farm outbuildings labeled "Navy Dept., Post, Interior, [and] Indian." Caption: New and Independent Party: "Look here, Uncle Sam, isn't it about time you got rid of those two quarrelsome fellows, and gave the job to ME?"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Civil service reform; Political parties--Platforms; Quarreling; Farms; Outbuildings; National Independent Party (U.S.); Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

Date: 1882-08-23

Gambling with death

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Illustration shows, at center, a capitalist, sitting on money bags labeled "Insurance Money" and leaning against several papers labeled "New Policy," gambling with the Grim Reaper, while all around them disasters are happening, a panic-stricken crowd flees a burning theater, a hotel and a tenement building are on fire, a side-wheeler steam ship has exploded, an ocean liner sinks, and a railroad train has crashed; at each of these disasters is a notice that states "Heavily Insured." Caption: Too Enterprising American Capitalist - Keep up the game! I can lose nothing - I'm heavily insured.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Grim Reaper (Symbolic character); Insurance; Capitalists and financiers; Gambling; Shipwrecks; Fires; Explosions; Railroad accidents; Death

Date: 1883-01-24

Three monuments

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Illustration shows buildings identified as "Vanderbilt's Palace" and "Cooper Institute to Science and Art," also a banner labeled "Stewart's Cathedral" (possibly meant to be Alexander Turney Stewart's department store), and in the background is Trinity Church. Symbols of wealth frame the left side and symbols of art and science frame the right side. Illustration includes a quote by Joaquin Miller, "For all you can hold in your cold dead hand is what you have given away".

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Industrialists--Homes and haunts; Mansions; Department stores; Church buildings; School buildings; Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.); Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1883-04-18

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