Julius Caesar or a Roman centurion, in the background, tumbles
off a pillar of stones labeled "Rome, Etruria, Britain, Asia, [and]
Africa." In the middle distance, on a bit of land labeled "France,"
Napoleon I is shown tumbling off a pillar of stones labeled "Egypt,
Italy, Spain, Holland, Austria, Prussia, [and] Russia" and falling
toward a rocky island labeled "St. Helena." In the foreground, John
Bull is standing atop a pillar of stones labeled "Scotland,
Ireland, Malta, Gibraltar, India, Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, [and]
Soudan [sic]" on a bit of land labeled "England." The stones are
propped up by various types of weapons, with the top two stones
supported by a steamship, though the top stone "Soudan" appears
about to fall off.
John Bull (Symbolic character); Imperialism; Falls (Accidents); Weapons; England; France; Rome (Empire); Caesar, Julius; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
William E. Gladstone, dressed as an old woman wearing keys
labeled "Suez, Gibraltor, [and] Herat," pushes John Bull into a
kissing embrace with Tsar Nicholas II who is, likewise, being
pushed by a woman labeled "Empress of Russia." They are suspended
over a thin crevice emitting smoke as though it were a volcano
about to erupt. A cut-away view shows a munitions foundry just
below the surface of the ground, furiously producing ordnance.
John Bull (Symbolic character); International relations; Weapons; Heads of state; Kissing; Foundries; Women's clothing; Great Britain; Russia (Federation); Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Alexandra, Empress, consort of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1872-1918; Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898
A perplexed Uncle Sam stands in front of a store labeled "Notice
- No Reciprocity in Trade Here" that is well-stocked with items
available for international trade. A man labeled "Trade" is asleep
at the counter. Across the narrow street of the marketplace sits
Otto von Bismarck selling maps, and in the background are Nicholas
II, holding a piece of paper that states, "Let us have Truce," and
John Bull shaking hands in front of their trade houses. A sign on
the English shop states "Reciprocity in Trade." A small dog,
wearing a fez, stands in the middle of the street. Caption: Uncle
Sam - "Darned if I ain't left again! I'm overstocked, I've got all
the blessings of a high tariff, and here these fellows won't fight
and give me a chance to sell my goods."
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); John Bull (Symbolic character); Tariff; Commerce; International relations; Markets; Great Britain; Russia (Federation); Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898
A monkey turns the crank on an organ labeled "Home Sweet Home
Rule" with one foot. It is wearing a hat with a feather labeled
"Parnell," and holding a shillelagh labeled "80 members" in one
hand and in the other a chain attached to the belt of a British man
labeled "J. Bull," who is dancing. The British "Parliament"
building is in the background.
John Bull (Symbolic character); Monkeys; Organ grinders; World politics; Autonomy and independence movements; Great Britain; Ireland; Great Britain. Parliament; Parnell, Charles Stewart, 1846-1891
Otto von Bismarck stands in the middle of a seesaw that is
resting on the back of "Turkey" who is being refreshed with
"English Salts" by John Bull, a carpet bag at his feet filled with
papers labeled "Naval Supremacy, Egyptian Bonds, [and] Indian
Trade." Sitting on the left of the seesaw are "Montenegro, Russia,
Roumania [sic], [and] Bulgaria," and sitting on the right are
"Herzegovina," an unidentified figure holding a rifle and wearing a
turban, "Servia [sic], [and] Austria", who are holding on to
another unidentified figure, possibly Greece. Caption: Bismarck
keeps the balance, and the Turk pays the freight.
John Bull (Symbolic character); Eastern question; Seesaw; International relations; Turkey; Germany; Great Britain; Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898
Uncle Sam shakes hands with John Bull who is holding a yacht
labeled "Valkyrie." Between them is the America's Cup on a pedestal
labeled with the names of American yachts and the year they won the
Cup, "America 1851, Magic 1870, Columbia 1871, Sappho 1871 [i.e.
1874], Madeleine 1876, Mischief 1881, Puritan 1885, Mayflower 1886,
[and] Volu[nteer] 1887." A ribbon labeled "Vigilant 1893" is tied
to the Cup. In the background is a building with a banner that
states "Finishing School for Incomplete Yachtsmen."
America's Cup; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); John Bull (Symbolic character); Yacht racing; Contests; Awards; Handshaking
Queen Victoria holds up an infant labeled "Little New Duke of
York. Christening Robe Cost £300." She presents the baby to
John Bull who is holding a paper that states "Heavy Expense Account
- Royal Family." In the background is a castle labeled "Royal
Nursery." The baby is probably Edward VIII, later the Duke of
John Bull (Symbolic character); Cost and standard of living; Queens; Kings and rulers; Nobility; Infants; Debts, Public; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901; Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972
Puck appears as a jockey on a galloping horse labeled "Free
Trade" on a racetrack labeled "International Commercial
Race-Track." John Bull stands on the track next to the British
Prime Minister Lord Rosebery as a jockey, sitting on a horse
labeled "British Commercial Supremacy." Caption: John Bull--Good
'evins! Hif that there filly is goin' to start, hit'll go 'ard with
John Bull (Symbolic character); Commerce; International relations; Free trade--Protection; Horse racing; Racetracks (Horse racing); Horses; Jockeys
Print shows Uncle Sam as an American farmer trying to sell his
products labeled "Pork, Wheat, Butter, Beef, Oats," and corn
overseas where there is stiff "Open Competition" at the "Market of
the World" represented by John Bull labeled "England" and "Germany,
Russia, South America, [and] Australia." In a vignette, Uncle Sam
is shown at "The McKinley Home Market and High Prices" looking at
the merchandise for sale, where all the items that he needs have
been "Marked Up" 35% to 45%; McKinley offers him a new coat that
has been marked Up 35%.
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); John Bull (Symbolic character); Farmers; Tariff; International trade--Prices; Markets; McKinley, William, 1843-1901
John Bull stands in the "House of Lords," looking over a curtain
at an old man wearing a crown and robe, clutching a large book
labeled "Mediæval Traditions of the British Peerage" and a
large scroll of paper labeled "Hereditary Right to Obstruct Popular
Legislation." At his feet are papers labeled "Peoples' Measures."
Caption: John Bull--Roseberry [sic] says he can be mended, but
I guess he'd better be ended!
John Bull (Symbolic character); Nobility; Divine right of kings; Legislation; Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords