Prints from Judge. New York: Judge, ca. 1884-1900. Single page (ca. 13 x 10) and double page (ca. (ca. 14 x 22). Chromolithographs.
Judge magazine was founded in 1881 by a group of artists, headed by James Albert Wales, who seceded from the staff of the popular comic weekly Puck. The magazine cultivated bold satire and good drawing, in a quarto format with a chromolithographic cover and center spread. After a strong start, the magazine found itself struggling to compete with its very similar rival Puck, but revived in the wake of the 1884 Blaine-Cleveland contest when the G.O.P. leadership recognized the power of comic journalism in a political campaign. With G.O.P. aid, Judge boomed during the '80s and '90s, surpassing its rival publication in content and circulation. Puck finally expired in 1918, while Judge continued to thrive into the 1930's and beyond.
Note: We do have other Judge political cartoons; enquire for further information.
Columbia stands before a list of Republican policy achievements while Democratic leaders are shown scurrying about and divided over their agenda. $65
A large image of the Republican elephant, published just after the fall elections of 1891. $85
Prints from Puck. New York, 1877-1902. Single page (ca. 14 x 11) and double page (ca. 14 x 22). Chromolithographs. Very good condition.
Inspired by the British literary magazine Punch, the American humor magazine Puck was founded as a German language periodical in St. Louis in 1871 by its chief cartoonist Joseph Keppler. In 1877 it became an English language magazine and continued until 1918.
The symbol and inspiration for Puck was the little Shakespearean imp whose quote, "What fools these mortals be" provided a tone to observe the small incidents of life such as trolley car accidents to earth shaking events such as the Franco-Prussian war. Using new methods of printing in colors the cartoons had a freshness of appearance that accompanied deep thoughts about life in its own times. The circulation of Puck eventually reached over 80,000 at its height.
Note: We do have other Puck political cartoons; enquire for further information.
A froup of five amusing vignettes, one reminiscent of "The Mikado"'s 'Little List,' showing American 'improvements' as they might be implemented in China: horse drawn fire engines, high-rises and street sweepers, streetcars and 'Quick Lunch' restaurants, complete with dyspepsia pill vending machine. $25
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