Prof. Lincoln In His Great Feat of Balancing
From Vanity Fair,," March 23rd, 1861
The art of caricature in
The days of the Rebellion and the big days of reconstruction which followed, moved the caricaturists to sketching their ideas, but these were expressions of unfair animosity, partial and sectional, and lacked art or humor.
The comic paper as an American institution was unknown. Scores of periodicals, that claimed the title, had been started but they were universally short lived, generally on account of their triviality.
From "Vanity Fair," May 9, 1861
OLD ABE — Ain't there a nice
crop? There's the hardy
OLD ABE — That is rare in this country — it will bloom shortly and bear the Jeffersonia Davisiana.
They represented nothing, — an essential to even a comic paper — and they had no reason for existence. They were at best mere imitations of French or German periodicals and did not appeal to American taste.
It was not until Keppler adapted the vigorous and expressive part of the German school to American ideas that the comic paper assumed its legitimate place in American journalism, Keppler was an Austrian, had traveled extensively
Performed by Doct.
Political Chang., J. B. —
From "Vanity Fair," November 3, 1860
his native country and had aspired in the early
part of his life to become an actor.