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Raising the funds to buy the presidency / J. Keppler.

Raising the funds to buy the presidency / J. Keppler.



Illustration shows Puck's Independent Party figure sitting on the left next to Puck beneath a sign that states "Independent Road to the White House"; at center, Almon M. Clapp, with a cashbox labeled "Republican Campaign Fund" and a sheet of paper that states "Permission to Remain in Office" appears with Green B. Raum, who is holding a box labeled "Absolution" containing papers that state "Indispensable Dispensation", selling indulgences for absolutions and dispensations to an old woman with a broom labeled "U.S.", a "U.S. Scrub-Woman", a "Page", a "Treasy. Clerk", and a "U.S. Postman" holding a paper that is a "Guarantee against Decapitation". In the background, Whitelaw Reid carries a banner that states "The Republican Party is the Party of Salvation", Thomas Brady and Stephen Dorsey carry banners that state "The Republican Party Must Stay No Matter How" and "This is Our Last Chance", and Powell Clayton drives a wagon carrying a safe labeled "Funds for an Aggressive Campaign". Also depicted are W.W. Phelps with a paper that states "Its Only a Matter of Money" and Robert Ingersoll holding a paper labeled "Sweet C.O.D."
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Caption: In the sixteenth century, Tetzel and his corrupt fellow-priests openly sold absolutions and dispensations, and played upon the fears of the people to fill their coffers, and keep themselves in power and place and shameful luxury. A little later, they were swept under in the cleansing flood of the great reformation. Will the star-route money-leeches please take notice that history repeats itself?
Illus. from Puck, v. 15, no. 388, (1884 August 12), centerfold.
Copyright 1884 by Keppler & Schwarzmann.

Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject of colored lithography in 1818. Printers in other countries, such as France and England, were also started producing color prints. The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood—was created by William Sharp in 1840. Chromolithographs became so popular in American culture that the era has been labeled as "chromo civilization". During the Victorian times, chromolithographs populated children's and fine arts publications, as well as advertising art, in trade cards, labels, and posters. They were also used for advertisements, popular prints, and medical or scientific books.





Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894, artist


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