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Puck's perplexing position - between two evils

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Print shows Puck standing between John Kelly, on the left, in front of "Tammany Hall", holding a flag that states "Down with the Bloated Monopolists!!", he has F.B. Thurber in his coat pocket, and on the right, Jay Gould, William H. Vanderbilt, and Cyrus W. Field as large money bags labeled "$", standing in front of the "Monopoly Telegraph Co." and the "Monopoly R.R." A signpost, pointing to the left, states "To Anti-Monopolyville" and pointing to the right, "To Monopolyville". Puck indicates that he would like to be an anti-monopolist, but not the John Kelly type. Caption: Puck "Well, I want to be an anti-monopolist; but not if that is one!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Monopolies; Free trade--Protection; Tariff; Tammany Hall; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Thurber, Francis B. (Francis Beatty), 1842-1907

Date: 1881-10-12

A new bull in the ring

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Print shows Chester A. Arthur riding the Republican elephant tossed high in the air in a "Political Arena." The elephant is patched with scandals labeled "Credit Mobilier, Collusion with Monopolies, Back Pay Grab, Third Termism, Whiskey Ring, Navy Ring, [and] Dorsey 'Soap' 1880." Below, on the floor of the arena, Samuel J. Tilden is sitting backwards on a donkey labeled "Incurable" and Puck's Independent Party figure is riding a bucking bull, its horns labeled "Anti-Monopoly" and "Tariff Reform." Puck applauds from a viewing stand on the right; sitting in the grandstand at left are Ulysses S. Grant, Cyrus W. Field, Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas F. Bayard, Winfield Scott Hancock, Benjamin F. Butler, Adams, David Davis, Allen G. Thurman, William M. Evarts, Abram S. Hewitt, George F. Edmunds, Wayne MacVeagh, and George B. McClellan.  Caption: Puck presents another prophetic cartoon - and the sooner it is realized the better.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Democratic donkey (Symbolic character); Republican elephant (Symbolic character); Presidents--Elections; Bull rings; Bulls; Scandals; Monopolies; Democratic Party (U.S.); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); National Independent Party (U.S.); Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Hewitt, Abram S. (Abram Stevens), 1822-1903; Edmunds, George F. (George Franklin), 1828-1919; MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901; McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940; Thurman, Allen Granbery, 1813-1895

Date: 1882-04-19

Speaker Keifer's kaleidoscopic speech, at the NewYork Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at Delmonico's, May 9, 1882

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Print shows a vignette cartoon with a carriage at center in which Jay Gould, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and William H. Vanderbilt are riding with large money bags; the wheels are labeled "Corporations" and "Monopoly." The carriage is driven by an eagle dressed like Uncle Sam wearing a top hat labeled "1882" and carrying a whip labeled "Revenue Tariff." The carriage is pulled by an "Underpaid Workman," a "Starving Laborer," a "War Widow," a "Sewing Girl," an "Old Merchant," a "Poor Clerk," and a "Cripple,"among others, with ropes labeled "Tax." The surrounding vignettes show scenes of corruption, misfortune, presidential office seekers, Valley Forge, and "Charitable Institutions for the poor and unfortunate" from "Maine" to "California" showing buildings labeled "Poor House" and "Jail." Featured in these vignettes are such figures as Chester Alan Arthur, George M. Robeson, Samuel J. Tilden, Roscoe Conkling, John Kelly, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin F. Butler, and Joseph W. Keifer, as well as "Honest Labor, Patriotism, [and] Integrity."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Commerce; Corruption; Monopolies; Employees; Carriages and carts; Capitalists and financiers; Public speaking; New York (State); New York Chamber of Commerce; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1882-05-24

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

First annual picnic of the "Knights of Labor" - more fun for the spectators than for the performers

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Print shows Jay Gould, William H. Vanderbilt, Cyrus Field, Russell Sage, and John Roach riding in a carriage past a crowd of laborers labeled "Knights of Labor" and "Pittsburg Free Strikers" who are watching a man labeled "Workingman" trying to climb a "Greased" pole carrying a child on his back and with a woman and child hanging from his belt. The pole is greased with "Monopoly Grease," at the top are "Higher Wages, Bread, Tobacco, Wine, [and] Ham." The view from the pole shows factories in the middle distance and the "Roach Monopolist Ship Builder" facility in the background.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Monopolies; Corruption; Wages; Cost and standard of living; Social classes; Employees; Knights of Labor; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Roach, John, 1813-1887

Date: 1882-06-21

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all

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Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand holding a smoldering torch which may represent Bartholdi's hand and torch from the Statue of Liberty. On the left is a pagoda labeled "Puck Office" and on the right is a building labeled "Tammany Hall." Among the fireworks are many faces of politicians and other prominent figures of the day, some labeled by type of firework, such as "Chicago Shower" - Arthur, Grant, Conkling, Logan and Cameron; "Tumbler" - Tilden; "Twister" - Schurz; "The Falling Tammany Star" - Kelly; "Bomb" - Davis; "Junk Whizzler" - Robeson; "Polar Rocket" - Bennett; "Buster" - Butler; and "Star Route Staggerer" - Dorsey. Others shown are James G. Blaine, Henry Ward Beecher, Elizabeth Tilton(?), Thomas De Witt Talmage, and Theodore Tilton.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Fourth of July; Fourth of July celebrations; Fireworks; Capitalists and financiers; Politicians; Monopolies; Pagodas; Scandals; Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.); Tammany Hall; Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886; Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; Bennett, James Gordon, 1841-1918; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906; Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt), 1832-1902; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, 1834-; Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907

Date: 1882-07-05

The latest novelty

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A mechanical wind-up toy railroad set, with large key, has Jay Gould circling on tracks that lead through a tunnel labeled "Court House" with openings labeled "Front Door" and "Back Door." As Cyrus W. Field turns a crank at center, Gould moves along the track and enters at the "Back Door" of the tunnel, then exits, ahead of a foot labeled "Judge," at the "Front Door." Caption: "The Gould Game" - Kick him out of the front door, and he comes in at the back.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Monopolies; Judicial process; Mechanical toys; Railroads; Railroad tunnels; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892

Date: 1883-01-10

The good monopoly missionaries and the wicked island

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William H. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, and Cyrus W. Field escape in a small boat from cannibals on an island where they have built a railroad but refused to give the natives a reduced fare rate. The cannibals are angry and demand "5-cent fares." Caption: "After all we have done for them, Brothers, they insist on having 5-cent fares. Let us leave the cannibals to their fate!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Monopolies; Railroads; Boats and boating in missionary work; Cannibalism; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1883-02-28

The new policeman on the beat - the monopoly gang defies him!

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A policeman from the "New Chicago Anti-Monopoly Party" holds a broken nightstick labeled "Popular Support." He is standing on a sidewalk at "Vanderbilt's Monopoly Car Yard," confronting a gang of monopolists that includes, among others, Jay Gould, William H. Vanderbilt, Cyrus W. Field, John Roach, Russell Sage, and an "Anti-Monopoly Grocery Monopolist" Francis B. Thurber. Gang members hold handguns and rocks. Puck, holding a club labeled "Only Support," stands with the policeman. A flag that states "No Thoroughfare for Small Business Men" hangs from a building. An injured or dead man, identified as a "Small Business Man," is lying in the street.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Monopolies; Police; Police--Violence against; Violence; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Thurber, Francis B. (Francis Beatty), 1842-1907; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1883-07-18

The tournament of today - a set-to between labor and monopoly

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Print shows a jousting tournament between an oversized knight riding horse-shaped armor labeled "Monopoly" over a locomotive, with a long plume labeled "Arrogance," and carrying a shield labeled "Corruption of the Legislature" and a lance labeled "Subsidized Press," and a barefoot man labeled "Labor" riding an emaciated horse labeled "Poverty,", and carrying a sledgehammer labeled "Strike." On the left is seating "Reserved for Capitalists" where Cyrus W. Field, William H. Vanderbilt, John Roach, Jay Gould, and Russell Sage are sitting. On the right, behind the labor section, are telegraph lines flying monopoly banners that are labeled "Wall St., W.U.T. Co., [and] N.Y.C. RR."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Labor unions; Monopolies; Avarice; Knights and knighthood; Tournaments, Medieval; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1883-08-01

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