Gallaway, 'Business and Pleasure,' from Puck, December 14, 1898.
Jewish children were taught from childhood always to be on the alert for financial gain. Here a grandson tells his grandfather: “Ven I vos oudt horseback riding dis morning, Gandfader, I 5 dradet dot horse undt made feefty tollars.” The grandfather replies: “Got for you, Chakey! Dot vos der vay to enchoy horsepack riding!” One sub-text is that even though the grandson has re- invented himself as a young American, he cannot escape his Jewish training, mangled English, or biological inheritance.
Louis Dalrymple, 'Dominant Races', from Puck, July 27, 1898.
This cartoon symbolizes the fear and hatred as well as the ambivalent and grudging respect for commercial success generated by Jewish aggressive self-confidence, business acumen, and increasingly unavoidable presence in America. Two large-nosed (the inevitable defining facial characteristic of cartoon Jews), middle-class businessmen note the place of Jews in America vis- vis the dominant culture-givers. Isaacs asks in the cartoon world’s ever-present Jewish-English dialect: “You think the Anglo- Saxons are going to rule the earth?” Cohenstein responds: “Well, maybe they might, but that doesn’t prevent Jews from owning it.”
C.N.C., 'If You Don’t Come Up Again, Goldstein' from Life, December 21, 1899.
This is one of many cartoons concerning Jews and their quest for jewelry even in possible life- and-death situations.
Frederick Oper, 'The New Trans-Atlantic Hebrew Line,' from Puck, January 19, 1881.
A cartoon about the number of Jewish immigrants then arriving in America. Even if illiterates could not read the sarcastic caption, “For the Exclusive Use of ‘The Persecuted’ ”, they would know who the persecuted were—the people on the ship, emphasized by the hooked noses of the sailors, the ship itself, the fish in the water, and the bird in the sky.