Scrapbook contains photos and ephemera related to the Roosevelt
and Alexander families as well as images of New York City, Paris,
and Scotland at the turn of the century, articles and photographs
from the Spanish American War and Theodore Roosevelt's presidency.
It also contains articles and clippings on fashion and high society
gossip. The scrapbook contains items from roughly the 1880s to
1908. Most of the photographs and documents also have their own
individual records in the digital library.
Spanish-American War (1898); Presidents; Culture--Societies, etc.; Fashion; Weddings; New York (State)--New York; France--Paris; Scotland; Roosevelt, Eleanor Butler, 1889-1960; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944
Illustration shows a minister and a "theater manager" crying
because of poor attendance at sermons and theater closures due to
"poor business." A young boy on roller skates is nearby with a
sandwich board that states "Sunday evening sermon by the Rev. Dr.
Gums, on the Sin of Roller Skating." A crowd of people are standing
at the entrance to a "Roller-Skating Rink" in the background.
Roller skating; Fads; Roller-skating rinks; Crying; Clergy; Theaters; Signs and signboards
Members of the upper class are making efforts to cut back during
the business panic of 1893. Vignettes show a clothing auction of
dresses worn by socialites, former streetcar-horses finding a
second life as polo ponies, club men drinking from the "growler,"
and theatergoers abandoning the orchestra pit for upper-level
boxes. Others depict the upper class opening up their yachts for
"sailing parties of the plain people" and hopping freight cars in
the absence of "local express trains."
Cost and standard of living; Socialites; Secondhand trade; Auctions; Thrift shops; Upper class; Clothing and dress
The American upper class on the left and the European nobility
on the right stand beneath their family trees, with such ancestors
as, on the left, "Skin Trader, Money Lender, Slave Trader,
Squatter, [and] Tavern Keeper," and on the right, "Marauding
Knight, Robber Baron, King's Favorite, Plundering Viking, [and]
Rapacious Seigneur." Caption: Puck--What fools these mortals
Upper class; Genealogy
At center is a place for Republicans to go to commiserate while
awaiting the next election. Such stalwart Republicans as George F.
Edmunds, John Sherman, William M. Evarts, George F. Hoar, and
Thomas B. Reed wait there. Surrounding vignettes show a prominent
citizen being escorted by two "Bureau of Public Comfort" guards who
keep the press at bay, a sewing station for women's clothing after
a round of bargain shopping, a room where anarchists can blow off
some steam "without disturbing anybody," an educational facility to
help orient newcomers to the ways of the city, and a hypnotist who
attempts to convince servants to work in the country. Caption:
Some of the useful purposes it might serve.
World's Columbian Exposition; Rooms; Leisure; Upper class; Police; Shopping; Sewing; Household employees; Anarchists; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902
William McKinley is depicted as Napoleon I, wearing the hat,
coat, and sword in the style of Napoleon, standing on a pedestal
labeled "Protection," with a tiny wreath labeled "From Southern
Friends" lying on the base. On the left, a large female figure
wearing a striped dress stands on a platform next to a pedestal
labeled "Trilby Craze." A group of people place wreaths of
"Adoration" at her feet. Caption: Napoleon McKinley--Say, what's
the matter with those blooming jays? Don't they know there's a
Napoleonic revival now going on?
Presidents--Elections; Political parties--Platforms; Tariff; Idols and images; Fads; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Puck stands between two types of Americans depicted on large
sheets of paper. On the left are "The Jingoes" identified as "Reid,
Frye, Hoar, [and] Lodge" among others. Reid carries a flag that
states "We Will Stand No Nonsense from Tyrannical England!!! Our
Blood is Always Boiling." Atop a tall pedestal is an effigy of John
Bull with an eagle labeled "U.S." perched on his chest. On the
right are "The Anglo-Maniacs" who prostrate themselves before
everything British, such as "English Clothes, English Manners,
English Fiction, English Lord, English Actor, English Butler," even
"'is Royal 'ighness."
John Bull (Symbolic character); Nationalism; International relations; Effigies; Executions in effigy; Fads; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Frye, William P. (William Pierce), 1831-1911; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924
In this vignette cartoon is a man who firmly believes in
observing the Sabbath, as he tells his friends. In the surrounding
vignettes, he insists that his Sunday newspaper be delivered
earlier, that the gardener put out flowers on the tables and in all
the rooms, that the bootblack shine his shoes faster, that his
driver be available for the entire day, and that the barber add
more chairs so he won't have to wait so long for a haircut on
Sunday. Caption: He wants everybody to rest on Sunday, except those
who serve him personally.
Sabbath; Hypocrisy; Upper class; Employees
The father of an upwardly mobile family is forced to keep pace
financially with his wife's ambitions. The main vignette shows the
father perspiring as he works harder, using a large pump labeled
"Business" to pour more money into "Paterfamilias' Pocket Book" to
which a queue of tradesmen labeled "Caterer, Chef, Modiste,
Carriage dealer, Milliner, Decorator, Furniture dealer, Florist,
Jeweler, [and] Wine dealer" help themselves. The surrounding
vignettes depict lavish parties, artwork on the walls, more
frequent purchases of clothing for the children, his wife's new
understanding of the term "cottage," and the increase in the size
of the servant staff.
Businesspeople; Socialites; Families; Cost and standard of living; Household employees; Entertaining; Hand pumps; Upper class
This vignette cartoon depicts aspects of the cycling craze, such
as "beneficial" or "injurious" to one's health, problems with
trying to dress appropriately and being excluded if not, the
concern that "invalids, babies, and blind people" may soon take up
cycling, and yet, despite the crowds, "the boom goes on."
Bicycles; Cycling; Cyclists; Fads