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Catalog Number 11055-2725
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 "United We Stand--(White House, November 21, 1907)" on the bottom of the page and signed by the artist W.A. Rogers. The cartoon is of two men: William J. Bryan and Theodore Roosevelt. The two men are standing apart from each other (apprx 3 ft in scale) but are leaning toward each other with each others' arms around the others' shoulders. They are both closed-mouth smiling and their eyes are closed as well. They appear to be awkwardly hugging. In Roosevelt's hand, behind Bryan's head, he is holding a notecard that says "W.J. Bryan". On the floor between them is Bryan's hat turned upside-down. Sticking out of it are several note-cards but only one is readable and it says: "'What I Know About Banking". They are standing in a room with decorative moldings on the wall. Roosevelt is wearing a long black jacket, his spectacles, a vest and light colored pants. Bryan is wearing a very long black coat and dark colored pants. 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 7, 1907 No. 2659" 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: "Some Thoughtless Partisans""A Sound and Patriotic Republican Newspaper" "Federal Relief and Paternalism" "Bryan's Paternalism". The page number 1784 appears centered on the bottom of the page and Harper's Weekly is centered on the top of the page.
Date December 7, 1907
Material Paper, Ink
Artist Roger, W. A
Made Harper & Brothers, Rogers, W. A.
Place of Origin USA: New York, New York
Height (in) 13.25
Width (in) 9.25
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Rogers, W.A.
Search Terms 1908 US Presidential campaign
Event 1908 Presidential Election
History It seems as though this cartoon is referring to the fact that Roosevelt and Bryan finally both agreed on the role of the government in bank deposits--that the gov. should guarantee bank depositors. They seem to be awkwardly hugging yet still keeping there distance, as this is rare that they agree on something. The following text is written on the back of the cover to maybe give more insight to the cartoon. "...In its last issue the Weekly made some disparaging remarks about a plan proposed to Mr. Roosevelt by a Kansas Congressman. The plan was that the government should guarantee bank depositors. Mr. Bryan now recommends the same plan, as might have been expected."
Collection Nebraska State Historical Society Permanent Collection
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