By Donna Poulton
Credit: The Library of Congress
J.S. Pughe (1870-1909), A Thanksgiving Truce, Photomechanical Print, November 22, 1902
The image depicts Theodore Roosevelt sharing a toast with a bear and other guests, all of whom are animals. The bear proposes “(with deep feeling) – Here’s hoping that when next we meet, we see you first,” a reference to Roosevelt’s penchant for big game hunting. Teddy Jr. is wearing a buckskin and can be seen in the lower right sharing the ‘kids’ table with a bear cub.
The photomechanical print was comprised of a series of finely printed dots to create the image of A Thanksgiving Truce for “Puck” magazine, America’s first magazine devoted to political satire, cartoons and humor.