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How the "Herald" does it

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Nicholas II and General Obruchev look over a "War Map" spread on a table, with "Russia" on one side, "England" on the other, and "Afghanistan" between them. Beneath the table, having come through a "Nihilists' Private Trap Door," is "the Herald's Special Correspondent" with an over-sized right ear, listening and holding a notebook labeled "N. Y. Herald." Caption: Instantaneous sketch by Puck's special artist of the Herald's special correspondent getting his important information about the Czar and Gen. Obrutscheff.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Reporters and reporting; Spies; American newspapers; Strategy--Political aspects; Russia (Federation)--Saint Petersburg; Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918; Obruchev, N. N. (Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich), 1830-1904

Date: 1885-05-06

For decency's sake!

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Several reporters for disreputable newspapers, such as "Reporter of the 'Daily Sewer'" and "Reporter for the 'Daily Garbage Barrel,'" are barred from entering a courthouse. Caption: The reporters of incorrigible scandal-mongering journals must be kept out of the criminal courts, or we shall have to keep the newspapers out of our homes.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Reporters and reporting; Scandals; Ethics; Courthouses

Date: 1885-06-03

The fin de siècle newspaper proprietor

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A newspaper owner, possibly Joseph Pulitzer, sits in a chair in his office next to an open safe where "Profits" are spilling out onto the floor. Outside this scene are many newspaper reporters for the "Daily Splurge" rushing to the office to toss their stories onto the printing press, including "A Week as a Tramp!! Wild and Exciting Experiences of a Daily Splurge Reporter," "A Reporter of the Daily Splurge Spends a Thrilling Week in an Asylum!" "An Organ Grinder's Life," "Life in Sing Sing - a Splurge Reporter in Disguise," "Divorce Court Details," "Private Scandal," "A Night Around Town" by a woman reporter "in Men's Attire," life on the streets "As a Flower Girl," "Thrilling Exposé," "How beggars are treated on 5th Ave. by Fanny Fake," and "High Spiced Sensation." A notice hanging on the wall of the office states, "The Motto of the Daily Splurge - Morality and a High Sense of Duty." Caption: He combines high-sounding professions with high-spiced sensations, and reaps a golden profit thereby.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Newspapers; Reporters and reporting; Sensationalism in journalism; Ethics; Avarice; Printing presses; Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911

Date: 1894-03-07

"Blowing" himself around the country

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William Jennings Bryan stands on the back of a railroad caboose using a bellows labeled "16 to 1" to blow paraphrased fragments from speeches at rural citizens as the train passes. Some of these include, "[Our people] do not need the lessons of history!", "They know it all!", and "The popular intuition is better than reasoning and what the people say goes." Traveling with Bryan are several newspaper reporters.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Bellows (Mechanical engineering); Public speaking; Presidents--Election; Political parties--Platforms; Silver question; Populism; Farmers; Reporters and reporting; Political campaigns; Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Date: 1896-09-16

Putting yellow journalism in its place

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General William R. Shafter holds up a diminutive newspaper reporter labeled "Yellow Journalism." Shafter appears ready to drop the reporter in the ocean.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Reporters and reporting; Generals; Shafter, William Rufus, 1835-1906

Date: 1898-08-17

The burden of the Latin races

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A diminutive man labeled "Latin Races" carries a hefty clergyman on his shoulders.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Clergy; Porters; Lifting and carrying

Date: 1899/02/01

Letter from Edward D. Robb to Theodore Roosevelt

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Edward D. Robb, who claims to be Vice President Roosevelt's former Pullman porter, is having difficulties with his employer and requests a reference from Roosevelt to the effect that Robb was attentive to his duties.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employment references; Pullman porters; Pullman's Palace Car Company

Date: 1901

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edward Sanford Martin

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Vice President Roosevelt is obliged to writer Edward Sanford Martin for sending him the note about the furriers though it did irritate him. They were not to advertise the collection of skins. Roosevelt succeeded in keeping press agents away while he was hunting and John Kendrick Bangs informed Roosevelt that Martin has written denials to any rumors to the contrary. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Fur--Marketing; Reporters and reporting; Hunting; Bangs, John Kendrick, 1862-1922

Date: 1901-04-23

"Put me off at Buffalo!"

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Passengers in a railroad sleeping car tell the porter to make sure to put them "off at Buffalo" so they can visit the Pan-American Exposition.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Pan-American Exposition; Railroad travel; Porters; New York (State)--Buffalo

Date: 1901-05-08

Evolution of the "hold-up"

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A traveling couple is set upon by every member of the service industry - coachmen, porters, maids, messengers, busboys, and cooks - for some amount of remuneration. The cause is illustrated in the upper right, where the manager of the hotel tells his staff to extract payment from the guests in lieu of wages. The "hold-up" of a stagecoach takes place in the background on the upper left. Caption: In olden days the highwayman did the job himself; nowadays he directs his minions to do it.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Wages; Tipping; Stagecoach robberies; Hotel cleaning personnel; Porters; Cooks; Travel

Date: 1901-07-03

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