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Old jokes in new political clothes

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In this vignette cartoon various presidential candidates are depicted with their trappings. David B. Hill as "The Political Suburban Resident" is overloaded with packages labeled "Low Political Jobs, Petty Schemes, Unsuccessful Intrigues, Tricks, [and] Peanut Politics." William McKinley is "The National Political Brooklynite" pushing a stroller containing papers labeled "High Protection." Thomas Collier Platt is "The Obstreperous Cook" with William L. Strong and Levi P. Morton standing in the background. Thomas B. Reed is "The Political Lady with the Big Hat" which is labeled "Presidential Boom" and obscures the view of Benjamin Harrison, John Sherman, and William B. Allison. William A. Peffer is "The Amusing Political Hayseed" of "very ordinary" intellect, but long on whiskers, and George F. Hoar is "The Voluble Political Mother-in-Law" who clears the "U.S. Senate" when he stands to speak.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Presidents--Elections; Politicians; Legislators; Wit and humor; Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Strong, William Lafayette, 1827-1900; Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908; Peffer, William Alfred, 1831-1912; Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904

Date: 1895-01-30

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bird Grinnell

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Theodore Roosevelt addresses the faked pictures in A. G. Wallihan's book. When Roosevelt wrote the preface to the book, he vouched only for the pictures that he saw. Wallihan's name is responsible for all of the pictures.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publications; Illustration of books; Naturalists; Prefaces; Arts--Attribution; Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921; Wallihan, A. G. (Allen Grant), 1859-1935

Date: 1898-03-28

Futility

Description:

A winged female figure labeled "Peace" sits on one side of a mountain pass, and Mars, the Roman god of war, sits on the opposite side. A man wearing a crown and robe labeled "Czar" is walking down the path, carrying a large candle snuffer labeled "Peace Congress" that he hopes to use to extinguish a volcano labeled "War" that is erupting in the distance. He must pass through areas that are heavily armed with munitions and bearing the countenances of several foreign rulers.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Pacific settlement of international disputes; Heads of state; Volcanoes; Military weapons; Face; Peace; Mars (Roman deity); Russia (Federation)

Date: 1899-06-21

Democracy's plight

Description:

Print shows William Jennings Bryan, John P. Jones, and Arthur P. Gorman mesmerized by a large menacing genie carrying a sword labeled "Free Silver" that has emerged from an oversized urn. George G. Vest has his ear to the ground and is unaware of the presence of the genie.

Caption: "At the appearance of this huge monster, the fisherman wished to run away; but his fear was so great he was unable to move." The Arabian Nights Entertainments.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Jinn; Silver question; Fear; Urns; Democracy; Economic policy; Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925; Vest, George Graham, 1830-1904; Gorman, Arthur P. (Arthur Pue), 1839-1906; Jones, John P. (John Percival), 1829-1912

Date: 1899-10-11

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frederick William Holls

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Governor Roosevelt apologizes for forgetting to send Frederick William Holls the money that Holls lent him over a month ago. Roosevelt enjoyed seeing Holls and Andrew Dickson White yesterday. He is not sure what course of action to take since Senator Thomas Collier Platt will not entertain the name of Judge Charles Andrews, noting that his position as a vice-presidential candidate may restrict his actions.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Apologies; Wit and humor; Governors--Nomination; Vice-Presidential candidates; Republican Party (N.Y.); Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918; Andrews, Charles, 1827-1918

Date: 1900-08-10

Letter from Curtis Guild to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Curtis Guild relates the events of the Tavern Club's annual Christmas festival and sends the words of a singing "gag" related to the Miles and Schley incidents. All "decent Democrats" and most of the newspapers in Boston have praised President Roosevelt and Secretary of War Root regarding the incidents. Guild wishes that Winthrop Murray Crane could have accepted the position as Secretary of the Treasury.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Christmas--Social aspects; Wit and humor; Private clubs; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; Press and politics; Holidays; Massachusetts--Boston; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925; Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911; Crane, Winthrop Murray, 1853-1920; Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919

Date: 1901-12-24

Letter from Eugene F. Ware to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Eugene F. Ware is pleased that newspapers are printing few fabricated interviews with him regarding his appointment as Commissioner of Pensions. One story related an exchange of communication with Senator Marcus Alonzo Hanna which never happened, but on the whole, few false stories have been printed. He is receiving a great deal of communication from "old soldiers" and he is answering each letter.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Pensions; Wit and humor; Newspapers; United States. Pension Bureau; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904

Date: 1902-04-19

Letter from Frank P. MacLennan to George B. Cortelyou

Description:

Frank P. McLennan is assisting with advertisements in Emporia, Kansas, while William Allen White is away. He writes to George B. Cortelyou asking if President Roosevelt still finds matters humorous under the weight of his job. If so, he has sent something humorous for Roosevelt. If not, McLennan instructs Cortelyou to throw it in the wastebasket. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Advertising; Kansas--Emporia; White, William Allen, 1868-1944

Date: 1902-04-24

Letter from Richard Harding Davis to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Richard Harding Davis has been traveling in Latin America and met with President Cipriano Castro of Venezuela. Castro said he is going to send President Roosevelt's son Ted two Venezuelan ponies, and he gave Davis the Grand Cross of the Order of Bolivia. Davis jokes about how he helped run the Venezuelan government but is not respected by the United States. Davis plans to take a trip to Madrid for the Spanish coronation and plans to write about his experiences for Scribner's or Colliers.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Coronations; Spain; Venezuela; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Castro, Cipriano, 1856?-1924

Date: 1902-04-27

Letter from William Sturgis Bigelow to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

In what appears to be a friendly, joking letter William Sturgis Bigelow mentions Jove, the Queen of Spain, President Roosevelt's back problems, and suggests that the spring would be "favorable for a short and decisive war with Canada."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Wit and humor; Jupiter (Roman deity); Canada; Isabella II, Queen of Spain, 1830-1904

Date: 1902-05-04

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