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Christmas at Washington

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Several members of Congress stand around a large Christmas tree labeled "Tax Surplus" decorated with money bags labeled "Surplus." The legislators carry bags in which to place the bags of surplus they pluck from the tree. Among those identified are Charles W. Jones holding a bag labeled "Naval," William E. Chandler holding a bag labeled "Subsidies for a Merchant Steam Marine," William Mahone holding a bag labeled "Public Buildings and Grounds," John A. Logan holding a bag labeled "Appropriations" and reaching for a sack on the tree, Joseph W. Keifer lifting George M. Robeson holding a bag labeled "Partners in the New Naval Scheme," John Roach holding a bag labeled "New Navy Scheme," Henry L. Dawes holding a bag labeled "River & Harbor Bill," Francis M. Cockrell holding a bag labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," Eugene Hale holding a bag labeled "River & Harbor Bill," John J. Ingalls holding a bag labeled "More Pensions," Benjamin F. Jonas holding a bag labeled "Improvement of Mississippi River," and Elbridge G. Lapham who is speaking to two well-dressed women, one holding a bag labeled "Lobby." Lapham is also depicted in the angel at the top of the tree holding a banner labeled "Help Yourself." Uncle Sam dances with three men in the foreground and, on the right, a lone "Taxpayer" stands outside in the snow. 

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character), Christmas, Christmas trees, Taxation, Government spending policy, Pressure groups, Legislation, Women--Civil rights, United States. Congress, Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917, Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886, Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903, Cockrell, Francis Marion, 1834-1915, Hale, Eugene, 1836-1918, Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900, Mahone, William, 1826-1895, Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932, Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897, Roach, John, 1813-1887, Jones, Charles William, 1834-1897, Jonas, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1834-1911, Lapham, Elbridge Gerry, 1814-1890

Date: 1883-12-19

Xmas number 1894

Description:

Two young women ice skate and tow a sleigh in which Puck is riding, holding a Christmas tree.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas, Christmas trees, Women--Social life and customs, Skating, Women's clothing

Date: 1894-12-05

The Republican Christmas tree

Description:

A large Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments labeled with political offices and presidential appointments. Thomas C. Platt and Matthew S. Quay, who is dressed as a woman, are standing in front of the tree. In queues on both sides are diminutive figures anxiously awaiting their presents, including from right to left, Jerry Simpson, Joseph B. Foraker, William E. Chandler, William McKinley, Whitelaw Reid, Thomas B. Reed, Levi P. Morton, Benjamin Harrison, William B. Allison, George F. Hoar, John Sherman, Chauncey M. Depew, and Robert T. Lincoln. Caption: The two big bosses have full charge of it, and the most obedient boys will come in for the best gifts.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas trees, Christmas, Christmas decorations, Presidents--Staff--Selection and appointment, State governments--Officials and employees, Patronage, Political, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910, Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904, Simpson, Jerry, 1842-1905, Foraker, Joseph Benson, 1846-1917, Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917, McKinley, William, 1843-1901, Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912, Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902, Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920, Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908, Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904, Sherman, John, 1823-1900, Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928, Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926

Date: 1895-12-25

Their first Christmas eve; - a vision of the future

Description:

A well-dressed couple sit on a sofa before a fire in the fireplace, with the spirits of three young children dancing around a Christmas tree. There are art-nouveau style furnishings (lamp and flower vase) on the table in the background.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas, Christmas trees, Ghosts, Families, Clothing and dress, Lamps

Date: 1896-12-09

Our Christmas tree

Description:

Print shows Uncle Sam and Columbia taking Christmas presents off a Christmas tree and distributing them to Native children labeled "Hawaii, Samoa, Puerto Rico, Cuba, [and] Philippine."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character), Columbia (Symbolic character), Democratic donkey (Symbolic character), Republican elephant (Symbolic character), Christmas, Christmas trees, Gifts, Imperialism, International relations, Economic assistance

Date: 1899-12-27

Christmas number

Description:

A fashionably dressed young woman holds on to a Christmas tree as Puck chops it down with an axe.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas, Christmas trees, Women's clothing

Date: 1900-12-12

A Merry Christmas!

Description:

Illustration shows Puck offering a small Christmas tree, with ribbon stating "Compliments of the People," to President McKinley.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas, Christmas trees, McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1900-12-26

Puck's Christmas tree

Description:

Illustration shows a large, decorated Christmas tree around which appear some of the characters who routinely appear in Puck's cartoons, such as the automobile driving scofflaw holding a gift of "Horse Liniment", the domineering servant with her gift of an alarm clock, the housemaid and her gift of "China cement", an Irishman holding a box of "English Soldiers" labeled "For Patrick", and "For Mr. Henpeck" two tickets to the "Theatre - to night Taming of the Shrew" which he is offering to his contemptuous wife. Puck is standing on a step ladder at center, offering a crown "For Miss Gotrox" to a stylishly dressed young woman straining to reach it. Others are receiving equally poignant gifts. Caption: A little something for each of his characters.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Christmas, Christmas trees

Date: 1902-12-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to James Abram Garfield

Description:

President Roosevelt thanks James Abram Garfield, a grandson of President Garfield, for the gift and then relates the Roosevelt family's Christmas activities.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Christmas, Presidents' pets, Single-stick, Holidays, Christmas trees, Garfield, James Rudolph, 1865-1950, Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979, Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948, Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927, Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918, Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944, Cowles, Anna Roosevelt, 1855-1931, Cowles, Wm. S. (William Sheffield), 1846-1923, Lodge, Anna Cabot Mills Davis, 1850-1915, Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924

Date: 1902-12-26

Christmas on the Isthmus

Description:

Illustration shows Uncle Sam as Santa Claus with his bag of toys, handing a bag of money labeled "$10,000,000" to a little boy wearing a hat labeled "Panama" and holding a huge ship, some books, one labeled "Ledger", and towing a model railroad. There is a railing on the right that divides the space into an area with a Christmas tree and an area without; hanging on the railing, looking in, are five boys labeled "Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, [and] San Domingo" who are depressed and possibly angered that Santa Claus/Uncle Sam has nothing for them.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Children, Christmas, Christmas trees, Gifts, International relations, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam (Symbolic character), Central America, Panama, United States

Date: 1903-12-23

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