Sepia Saturday: For Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving comes to the US on November 25th so I'm departing from the suggested prompt (see below) to share illustrations of Thanksgiving. Above there's a political cartoon which
shows Uncle Sam, Columbia, and Puck sitting at a table, ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner in a gallery with paintings on the wall in the background; Uncle Sam is gesturing toward these paintings, which show Irish uprisings and unrest in England, volcanoes in Java, earthquakes in Italy, "Cholera" as the grim reaper in Egypt, French colonialism, anarchy in Spain, German militarism, and Alexander III, Emperor of Russia, standing on the body of a peasant in a painting titled "Russian Reform". On the far right, at a dock labeled "U.S. Navy", a ship in disrepair leans to one side. A bulldog gnaws on a bone labeled "New York" beneath a bench on the left.
Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, Artist. Thanksgiving / J. Keppler. , 1883. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645611/.
The Library of Congress explains this "Thanksgiving Toast" as follows:
Puck [is standing on a chair at the head of a large dinner table, offering a Thanksgiving toast to those seated around the table, including "England, France, Germany, [Japan?], Russia, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Uncle Sam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Brazil, [and] Mexico". Most of the European countries, as well as Mexico and Brazil, are glaring at their neighbors, with the exception of Russia where Nicholas II attempts to look pious. Turkey appears to be trying to stifle laughter. Uncle Sam seems to be the only one enjoying the toast. Puerto Rico, holding an American flag, and Hawaii are expressionless.
Keppler, Udo J., Artist. A Thanksgiving toast / Keppler. , 1898. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012647492/.
Glackens, L. M. , Artist. Puck Thanksgiving/ L.M. Glackens. , 1903. N.Y.: J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bldg. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2010652321/.
Glackens, L. M. , Artist. Puck Thanksgiving/ L.M. Glackens. , 1907. N.Y.: J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bldg. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2011647254/.
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