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Catalog Number 11055-2724
Title Magazine; William Jennings Bryan; Harper's Weekly
Object Name Magazine
Description This is the front cover only of a Harper's Weekly. On the cover is a black and white drawing/political cartoon titled "A Modest Request" on the bottom of the page and signed by the artist W.A. Rogers. The cartoon is of two men: William J. Bryan and Uncle Sam. The two man are facing each other. Uncle Sam is reading a bulletin given to him by William J. Bryan. He is holding the torso length bulletin in one hand and his other hand is in his pocket. He is wearing a pair of glasses and has a sour look on his face. The bulletin reads, "Application to make the Receivership Permanent W.J.B." He is wearing striped stirrup pants a black coat with long coattails, a light vest with stars on it , a bow tie, and a top hat. Behind the bulletin WJB is standing there slightly bent at the waist with his hands interlocking. His eyes are shut and there is a slight smirk on his face. He appears to be pleading. He is wearing a long black overcoat with light colored pants and black shoes. He has on a white collared undershirt with a short tie. They are standing in a room with an open safe. The safe is full of papers which are spilling out and sitting on top of the safe. There are a few visible words on some of the papers and they read, "Lost Chances" "Mistakes" "Pop. Policies" "Wasted Opportunities". Also on top of the safe is WJB's black hat(turned upside down) and a black umbrella with a goose head for a handle. Hanging on the wall above the safe is a poster that reads, "Democratic Party William J. Bryan (Self Appointed) Temporary Receiver". Hanging to the left of that poster is a hanging wall clock with a pendulum. The roman numeral numbers show that it is 11:30 and there is a note attached to the clock that reads "Stopped 1896". Above the drawing is the Harper's Weekly logo in a light grey rectangle box. Inside the box and below the lettering there are many illustrations of such things as books, a globe, a telescope, a compass, a scroll, leaves, a harp, bottles, paintbrushes, an artist's pallette, and an ancient greek bust. The words "Journal of Civilization" are written across the illustrations. Below the grey box the following text is printed: "Vol LI New York, Saturday, December 28, 1907 No. 2662" Then there is a bold double line across the width of the page and "Copyright, 1907, by Harper & Brothers. All rights reserved" is printed in small print below. On the back side of the cover is the editor's comments and details about this week's issue and the publication in general are printed. It is printed in two columns. At the beginning of the first column it states the editor: George Harvey; the length of the issue: "Thirty-six Pages"; the terms: "10 Cents a Copy --$4.00 a Year"; where and by whom it was published: "Harper & Brothers Franklin Square. New York, NY" and then there is a bold double line across the first column and the title "Comment "appears. Below this there are four subtitles with text following that take up the remainder of the page and include: "No Third Term""The Democratic Convention" "Banking and Currency Talk" "Bryan and Other Pundits". The page number 1900 appears centered on the bottom of the page and Harper's Weekly is centered on the top of the page.
Date December 28, 1907
Material Paper, Ink
Artist Rogers, W. A.
Made Harper & Brothers, Rogers, W. A.
Place of Origin USA: New York, New York
Height (in) 13.25
Width (in) 9.375
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Rogers, W.A.
Search Terms 1908 US Presidential campaign
Event 1908 Election
History The following is taken from the back of the cover, "Conspicuous among the financial pundits at the capital in these day has been Mr. Bryan. It is unnecessary to go over the crude measures which he suggests, some of which, by the way, have appealed most strongly to the President Roosevelt. It is sufficient to say that they are all paternalistic. They would put the depositor and the borrower and the bank itself under the fatherly care of the politicians who manage the government at an annual and sometimes disheartening increase of expense. It has again been suggested, by a Senator this time, that hoarding and currency expansion generally should be met by giving to the politician who at the time happens to be Secretary of the Treasury the power to issue legal-tender paper money --"greenbacks"--up to the amount of $300,000,000. "
Collection Nebraska State Historical Society Permanent Collection
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