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A Great Past and a Pitiful Present

Creator:
Puck
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1865-1875
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 19 3/4 in x 13 3/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0132
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Magazines & Newspapers

Description

This color print was published in an issue of the newspaper "Puck." The print is a two page spread. The scene depicts a group of four men, one labeled "Hoar" and one "Sherman," hoisting an Uncle Sam character up in the air to look at President Abraham Lincoln's memorial in the background. The men stand in a swamp of trash and rocks formed into the faces of past political figures, all labeled with text. Some of the words read, "Blainism, Whiskey Ring, Rotten Ships, Robesonism, Land Grab, Repudiation, Sectional Issue, Salary Grab, and Fraud 1876." The print is labeled in the bottom margin, "A Great Past and a Pitiful Present. Uncle Sam: 'It's no use lifting me up to look at your Monumental Record, gentlemen; what can you give me to stand on now?'" Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum