Photo, Print, Drawing "Uncle Sam" making new arrangements

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Title
"Uncle Sam" making new arrangements
Summary
Probably issued late in the campaign, the print seems to express the growing confidence among Republicans in the election of their candidate Abraham Lincoln. It may also be that like "The National Game" (no. 1860-42) the print was published after the election. As in "Stephen Finding His Mother" (no. 1860-35), Uncle Sam (center) is here shown as an elderly man in knee-breeches. He stands before the White House, about to take down a notice that reads: "Wanted. An honest upright and capable man to take charge of this house for four years. Undoubted testimonials will be required. Apply to Uncle Sam on the Premises." At the same time he hands Abraham Lincoln a notice that states "This is to certify that I have hired A. Lincoln for four years from March 1st 1861. U. Sam." Lincoln is in shirtsleeves and rustic boots, and carries an axe and valise. Uncle Sam announces to the other presidential applicants (left to right) Bell, Breckinridge, and Douglas, "You're too late gentlemen! I've concluded to take down the Notice and let Abraham Lincoln have the Place. I find his record all right, and can safely trust him with the management of my affairs." Lincoln thanks him, saying, "Thank you Sir, I will endeavor to do my duty." The losers plead their cases. Bell, holding a cane and satchel, says, "I'm an old gentleman sir, but I have a good many friends, to help me take care of your matters, if you'll let me have the place." Breckinridge, the southern Democratic nominee, claims, "This little man in front of me Sir [i.e., Douglas], is an imposter, it is "I" that have the genuine Certificates, and besides I can refer to the last incumbent." Breckinridge served as vice president under discredited incumbent James Buchanan, who can be seen at right through an open White House window, stuffing "dirty linen" into his valise. Buchanan complains, "It is too bad! here he's given me Notice to pack up and quit, without a character, and I'll never be able to get another place." Northern Democrat Douglas asks, "Please Sir, I've been trying a long time to get a recommendation for the place, and here it is at last, you'll find me a young man of regular habits." Breckinridge and Douglas carry valises similar to Lincoln's, and all three candidates hold pieces of paper with their party affiliations. Source: Reilly.
Contributor Names
Currier & Ives.
Maurer, Louis, 1832-1932, artist
Created / Published
[New York] : Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y., [1860]
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
-  Douglas, Stephen A.--(Stephen Arnold),--1813-1861
-  Breckinridge, John C.--(John Cabell),--1821-1875
-  Bell, John,--1796-1869
-  Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
-  Constitutional Union Party (U.S.)
-  Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)--1860
-  Presidential elections--United States--1860
Format Headings
Lithographs--1860.
Political cartoons--1860.
Genre
Political cartoons--1860
Lithographs--1860
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Publication date based on copyright statement on item.
-  Probably drawn by Louis Maurer.
-  Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 6767
-  Weitenkampf, p. 125
-  Wilson, p. 8-9
-  Lorant, p. 243
-  Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1860-32.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 32.8 x 43.3 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Currier & Ives--Uncle Sam ... (B size) [P&P]
Source Collection
Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
pga 05054 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.05054
cph 3a14789 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a14789
Library of Congress Control Number
2003674594
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-05054 (digital file from original item) LC-USZ62-12424 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 32.8 x 43.3 cm. | Probably issued late in the campaign, the print seems to express the growing confidence among Republicans in the election of their candidate Abraham Lincoln. It may also be that like "The National Game" (no. 1860-42) the print was published after the election. As in "Stephen Finding His Mother" (no. 1860-35), Uncle Sam (center) is here shown as an elderly man in knee-breeches. He stands before the White House, about to take down a notice that reads: "Wanted. An honest upright and capable man to take charge of this house for four years. Undoubted testimonials will be required. Apply to Uncle Sam on the Premises." At the same time he hands Abraham Lincoln a notice that states "This is to certify that I have hired A. Lincoln for four years from March 1st 1861. U. Sam." Lincoln is in shirtsleeves and rustic boots, and carries an axe and valise. Uncle Sam announces to the other presidential applicants (left to right) Bell, Breckinridge, and Douglas, "You're too late gentlemen! I've concluded to take down the Notice and let Abraham Lincoln have the Place. I find his record all right, and can safely trust him with the management of my affairs." Lincoln thanks him, saying, "Thank you Sir, I will endeavor to do my duty." The losers plead their cases. Bell, holding a cane and satchel, says, "I'm an old gentleman sir, but I have a good many friends, to help me take care of your matters, if you'll let me have the place." Breckinridge, the southern Democratic nominee, claims, "This little man in front of me Sir [i.e., Douglas], is an imposter, it is "I" that have the genuine Certificates, and besides I can refer to the last incumbent." Breckinridge served as vice president under discredited incumbent James Buchanan, who can be seen at right through an open White House window, stuffing "dirty linen" into his valise. Buchanan complains, "It is too bad! here he's given me Notice to pack up and quit, without a character, and I'll never be able to get another place." Northern Democrat Douglas asks, "Please Sir, I've been trying a long time to get a recommendation for the place, and here it is at last, you'll find me a young man of regular habits." Breckinridge and Douglas carry valises similar to Lincoln's, and all three candidates hold pieces of paper with their party affiliations. Source: Reilly.
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