Nothing gets past E-Sylum readers, a sharp-eyed bunch.
Here's the commentary around Michael Merrill's altered fractional currency portrait.
Rex Stark writes:
"The altered note shown is not just an "old man". I'm certain it's intended to be the infamous and thoroughly corrupt William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York City."
James Higby writes:
"When I saw the illustration in last week's E-Sylum, I immediately thought back to one that had been in my American history textbook from high school. The corpulent fellow was "Boss" Tweed. I wonder if that was the intent of the alteration."
Bill Dalzell of
Classical Numismatic Group writes:
"I'm sure I'm only adding my voice to a growing chorus of comments, but the altered fractional note recently highlighted in The E-Sylum is much more interesting than an aging portrait of Secretary of the Treasury William Meredith. It's certainly intended to be a caricature of Boss Tweed, head of the infamous Tammany Hall political machine in New York City."
Bill provided this political cartoon by Thomas Nast.
For the complete cartoon, see:
Boss Tweed: 'Two Great Questions'
Thanks also to Erik Goldstein of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Stuart Weinerman, who also caught the reference.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 16, 2022 : Altered Fractional Currency Portrait
Michael Merrill adds:
"Who would have thought this would have turned out to be
Boss Tweed? Cheers to the unknown artist and those history buffs who recognized this handsome dude!"
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