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A Great Past and a Pitiful Present

Creator:
Puck
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1885
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 political cartoon chromolithograph was published as the centerfold in the October 28, 1885, issue of Puck, v. 18, no. 451. It depicts Whitelaw Reid, John Sherman, George F. Hoar, and John Logan lifting Uncle Sam above a swamp filled with several faces of corruption labeled "Blainism, Robesonism, Mahone Repudiation, Land Grab, Whiskey Ring, Rotten Ships, Pension Swindle, Fraud 1876, Star Routers, Salary Grab, Army Ring, [and] Sectional Issue" with Reid gesturing toward a statue in the upper left that shows General Robert E. Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant and Admiral David G. Farragut at the base of a statue showing Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and a slave freed from bondage. The artist's printed signature [Bernard] Gillam is in the lower left corner of the image. The title is printed in the margin below the image. Printed beneath the title is "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