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A desperate attempt to solve the Mormon question

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In a four panel cartoon, four Puck cartoonists each take a panel in an effort to solve the issue of Mormonism. Clockwise from bottom left, captioned, "I imagine it must be a perfect paradise--Keppler," Joseph Keppler places himself at the center of a harem, smoking a hookah signed "J.K." and surrounded by beautiful women, one bringing a bottle of "G.H. Mumm" champagne. At top left, captioned, "I think one wife is enough--Gillam," Bernhard Gillam shows a domestic scene at his home where he, labeled "Small Income," his coattails in the clutches of his wife, attempts to avoid being struck by her with a fireplace scoop, while "My Wife's Relations" stand behind her. At top right, captioned, "How long will this destructive monster be allowed to live?--Opper," Frederick Opper is shown gesturing toward a large octopus labeled "Mormonism" that has caught in its tentacles "S.J.T., Uncle Sam, Public Opinion, Y.M.C.A., Public School System, Justice, Independent New Party, W.H.V., Field, Gould, Kelly, [a] New York Dive, [and the] Catholic Church," as well as Benjamin Butler, the U.S. Capitol, and reaching all the way to "Ireland." On the bottom right, captioned, "What is the use of Mormonism, when a man can change his wife whenever he likes?--Graetz," Friedrich Graetz stands in the foreground gesturing toward hordes of men rushing to get divorced on "Saturday. Divorce day in Chicago," and at places advertising "Divorces without publicity, Divorces procured without delay. Liberal charges, [and] Divorces obtained for $5.00."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Polygamy; Bigamy; Harems; Divorce; Octopuses; Spouses; Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894; Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937; Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896; Graetz, F. (Friedrich), approximately 1840-approximately 1913

Date: 1884-02-13

The senatorial puppet-show

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Puck peers behind a curtain to witness Joseph Ferdinand Keppler staging a puppet show labeled "U. S. Senate" showing a confrontation between Jefferson Davis, dressed as a woman, and General Sherman. Another puppet labeled "Vance" sits behind the curtain with an unidentified puppet, possibly William Mahone. Caption: Grand reproduction of the Rebellion, and terrific combat between General Sherman and Jeff Davis!! Joe Hawley, manager. 

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Puppet plays; Clothing and dress; Historical drama; Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891; Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889; Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1830-1894; Mahone, William, 1826-1895; Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894

Date: 1885-01-21

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