Thomas Nast; His Period and His Pictures
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...that Nast belonged in many of its pictures. Other caricaturists recognized this, and no other maker of pictures was ever so continuously and fiercely cartooned as was Thomas Nast. The Grant letter was variously received by the press. Friendly journals declared that it settled the question of his non-candidacy. Critical editors protested that it was not sufficiently direct. Violent anti-Grant papers avowed that it was clearly a bid for the nomination. Nast depicted Mr. Bennett declaring, " If Grant isn't careful, I'll let the wild animals loose again." It was just at this period that we meet with another pictorial invention of Nast in the Greenback " Rag-baby," which Senator Thurman of Ohio, on the morning of September 4th (in Harper's Weekly), finds deposited by his party on his door-step. The Rag-baby--the lineal descendant of the Inflation Baby killed by Grant's veto--became immediately the enduring symbol of fiat money and other bodiless and boneless measures. Like Nast's former inventions it was immediately adopted by his fellow illustrators and became a cartoon property that would not die. We see it crying " Holy Murder!!! " however, about a month later, when Governor Tilden, whose financial instincts prompted him to the policy of hard money, is dis-covered choking it at the Ohio sena-tor's threshold. A little later we find the Rag-baby tossed into an ash-barrel, with the pertinent query "Is it dead?" The serial ele-ment in Nast's work is well illustrated in this brief comedy. He seldom drew one picture that others of a like nature did not follow it in a logical sequence, terminating in a climax effective and complete. "I follow your THAT IRREDEEMABLE BABY nictlirPS 1USt 3S I do Till m A KICK...
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