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Photo, Print, Drawing Everybody's doing it!

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

About this Item


  • Everybody's doing it!


  • Several activities take place on a theater stage. Upstage left, standing in part of a scenic backdrop, a woman labeled "suffrage," waits on a bridge. Just in front of the backdrop a chorus line of fat men representing big business interests, kick a dog labeled "Sherman Law" into a wall. President William Howard Taft, dressed in overalls, a pith helmet, and carrying a lunch pail, points to the chorus line and orders them to leave the Sherman Law alone. At center stage, corrupt New York State Republican party leader William Barnes pours "White Wash" over his head, while New York City Mayor, William J. Gaynor tries to strangle a young girl labeled "City Built Subways." Downstage left, a huge hog representing the "Packers Trust" presides over a banquet of twelve jurors. Meanwhile, an angry taxpayer waits on them. At downstage center, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt angrily walks over to a ring where his hat has just been crushed by a steamroller. In the orchestra pit, a conductor leads an orchestra in the tune, "Everybody's Doing It!" Occupying the boxseats at the left and right corners are two fat figures representing trusts.


  • Powers, Thomas E., 1870-1939, artist

Created / Published

  • 1912 Mar. 30 [publication date]


  • -  United States.--Sherman Act
  • -  Antitrust law--United States--1910-1920
  • -  Corruption--United States--1910-1920
  • -  Presidential elections--United States--1910-1920
  • -  Suffrage--United States--1910-1920
  • -  Theatrical productions--1910-1920


  • Drawings--American--1910-1920.
  • Editorial cartoons--American--1910-1920.
  • Periodical illustrations--American--1910-1920.


  • -  Inscribed below image: Tom Powers The-yater.
  • -  No copyright information found with item.
  • -  Title inscribed within image.
  • -  Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.526)
  • -  The Sherman anti-trust law was passed in 1890 to offset monopolies and restraints on competititon in the market place. Active debate over what was "reasonable" and "unreasonable" regarding restraint of trade, sometimes made the Sherman Law difficult to interpret. On March 26, 1912, the Chicago Meat Packers, after a ten year legal battle with the government, were found not guilty to the charge of violating the criminal section of the Sherman anti-trust law. Following the acquittal, prices for pork, bacon, and lard went up. Roosevelt, who had thrown his hat into the ring for the 1912 Republican presidential nomination, was defeated by Taft who was said to have used steamroller tactics.
  • -  Published in: New York American, March 30, 1912.
  • -  Exhibited: Corcoran Galley of Art, "The Great Game of Politics," 1972.


  • 1 drawing : India ink over blue pencil on bristol board ; 37 x 30 cm. (sheet)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • SWANN - no. 1278 (B size) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Caroline and Erwin Swann collection of caricature & cartoon (Library of Congress)


Digital Id

  • cph 3b31971 //

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2009617176

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USZ62-85443 (b&w film copy neg.)

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication. No renewal in Copyright Office.

Online Format

  • image

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Powers, Thomas E., Artist. Everybody's Doing It!. United States, 1912. [publication date] Photograph.

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