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Photo, Print, Drawing Bursting the balloon

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Title

  • Bursting the balloon

Summary

  • Democratic frustrations in the race for the "Presidential Chair" are again parodied in the sequel or companion to "Balloon Ascension to the Presidential Chair" (no. 1844-32). Here the ascent of the Democrats is foiled as their balloon explodes, dumping Polk (far right) and his vice-presidential running-mate George M. Dallas into Salt River. Henry Clay seems to have punctured the balloon with a flag staff. Already in the water are former Democratic warhorses Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson. "Salt River" was a colloquialism for political misfortune or failure. Polk, falling, says: "This is the worst "bust" that I ever went upon!" Van Buren, spouting water: "This salt water makes me spout like a whale." Jackson, waving his cane: "By the eternal! I told them there was too much gas in their balloon." On the left Whig candidates Clay and Frelinghuysen rise triumphantly toward the Presidential Chair in a balloon adorned with an American eagle. Clay says, "Good-bye Polk, you'll find it much easier travelling in that direction!" Frelinghuysen waves to supporters who cheer him from below, "Hurrah! hurrah for the people's choice! They mount upward like eagles!"

Names

  • Baillie, James S., active 1838-1855.
  • Bucholzer, H.

Created / Published

  • 1844.

Headings

  • -  Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
  • -  Dallas, George Mifflin,--1792-1864
  • -  Frelinghuysen, Theodore,--1787-1862
  • -  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
  • -  Polk, James K.--(James Knox),--1795-1849
  • -  Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
  • -  Eagles--1840-1850
  • -  Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850
  • -  Salt River

Headings

  • Lithographs--1840-1850.
  • Political cartoons--1840-1850.

Genre

  • Lithographs--1840-1850
  • Political cartoons--1840-1850

Notes

  • -  Entered . . . 1844 by James Baillie.
  • -  H. Bucholzer.
  • -  Lithography and print coloring on reasonable terms by James Baillie No. 33 Spruce St. N.Y.
  • -  The Library's impression of "Bursting the Balloon" was deposited for copyright on July 10, 1844.
  • -  Title appears as it is written on the item.
  • -  Weitenkampf, p. 78.
  • -  Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
  • -  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1844-33.

Medium

  • 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 45.3 x 31.1 cm. (image)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 24 (B size) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Repository

Digital Id

  • cph 3a12922 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12922
  • ppmsca 15776 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.15776

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008661434

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ppmsca-15776 (digital file from original) LC-USZ62-10500 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Online Format

  • image

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  • Call Number: PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 24 (B size) [P&P]
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Baillie, James S., Active, and H Bucholzer. Bursting the Balloon. United States, 1844. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661434/.

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