Archive for December, 2011

1908 – “On earth peace, good will toward men”

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Summary: Illustration shows Mars dressed as Santa Claus about to depart after placing warships and other military weapons in Christmas stockings hanging over a fire labeled “War Budgets” fueled by “Bullion” and banknotes. The stockings have symbols of European countries and there are mugs and plates on the mantle of the fireplace showing the countenances of Uncle Sam and various European rulers.

Image Source → Library of Congress

*This will be the last Puck release until New Years Day*

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1913 – Santa Claus in Wall Street

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Summary: Illustration shows an angry mob of bankers, brokers, and financiers threatening Santa Claus who is hanging off the statue of George Washington outside Federal Hall in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

Caption: Chorus of Bankers and Brokers Just say Christmas to us this year, that’s all! We dare you!

Image Source → Library of Congress

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“The government asks you to do your Xmas shopping early–Do it now”. Haskell Coffin ; American Lithographic Co. N.Y. – 1918.

Image Source → Library of Congress

1901 – Puck Christmas

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Summary: Illustration shows Santa Claus with a pack full of toys and two children and an infant; they have chosen books “The works of Tolstoi”, “Montaigne’s Essays”, and “Microscopic Analysis, vol. IV” rather than toys as their presents. The boy has also selected a “Phonograph” and the infant has a microscope.

Image Source → Library of Congress

Wiki-Info → Puck Magazine

1912 – Hands Up!

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I will be uploading 1 new illustration from Puck Magazine (1871-1918) everyday for 2012. The point is to provide a daily flash from the past. There really isn’t much different these days from the 100 years since Puck Magazine was around.

Source → Library of Congress

Wiki-Info → Puck Magazine

negativism |ˈnegətivˌizəm|
noun

  1. A habitual attitude of skepticism or resistance to the suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.
  2. Behavior characterized by persistent refusal, without apparent or logical reasons, to act on or carry out suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.

positivism |ˈpäzətivˌizəm; ˈpäztiv-|
noun

  1. The theory that laws are to be understood as social rules, valid because they are enacted by authority or derive logically from existing decisions, and that ideal or moral considerations (e.g., that a rule is unjust) should not limit the scope or operation of the law.
  2. The state or quality of being positive : in this age of illogical positivism, no one wants to sound negative.