The Numismatic Bibliomania Society

PREV ARTICLE       NEXT ARTICLE       FULL ISSUE       PREV FULL ISSUE      

V25 2022 INDEX       E-SYLUM ARCHIVE

The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 43, October 23, 2022, Article 12

BOSS TWEED CARICATURES

Nothing gets past E-Sylum readers, a sharp-eyed bunch. Here's the commentary around Michael Merrill's altered fractional currency portrait. -Editor

Altered portrait fractional currency note 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."

  Boss Tweed Caricature

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."

  Boss Tweed Cartoon by Nast

Bill provided this political cartoon by Thomas Nast. -Editor

For the complete cartoon, see:
Boss Tweed: 'Two Great Questions' (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/political-cartoon-by-thomas-nast-of-william-marcy-boss-news-photo/1813305)

Thanks also to Erik Goldstein of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and Stuart Weinerman, who also caught the reference. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 16, 2022 : Altered Fractional Currency Portrait (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n42a16.html)

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!"

THE BOOK BAZARRE

OVER 500 NUMISMATIC TITLES: Wizard Coin Supply has over 500 numismatic titles in stock, competitively discounted, and available for immediate shipment. See our selection at www.WizardCoinSupply.com.



Wayne Homren, Editor

Google
 
NBS (coinbooks.org) Web

The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a non-profit organization promoting numismatic literature. See our web site at coinbooks.org.

To submit items for publication in The E-Sylum, write to the Editor at this address: whomren@gmail.com

To subscribe go to: https://my.binhost.com/lists/listinfo/esylum

PREV ARTICLE       NEXT ARTICLE       FULL ISSUE       PREV FULL ISSUE      

V25 2022 INDEX       E-SYLUM ARCHIVE

Copyright © 1998 - 2021 The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)
All Rights Reserved.

NBS Home Page
Contact the NBS webmaster
coin