Judge Magazine Illustration Collection

A Finding Aid to the Judge Magazine Illustration Collection

Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, Delaware
2004


Extent: 1 linear ft.
Restrictions: Unrestricted
Processed:Sarena Deglin, 2004
Contact Information:

Helen Farr Sloan Library
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

TABLE OF CONTENTS

History of Judge Magazine
Scope and Contents Note
Organization of the Collection
Description of the Collection

 

HISTORY OF JUDGE MAGAZINE

The Judge, a weekly satirical magazine was established in 1881 by a number of artists who seceded from the staff of the popular weekly Puck Magazine. Founders included James Albert Wales, a cartoonist, Frank Tousey, publisher of dime novels, and George H. Jessop, an author.

The first edition of the sixteen-page quarto appeared on October 29, 1881. After a strong start, the magazine found itself struggling to compete with its very similar rival Puck. William J. Arkell purchased the magazine in the middle 1880s. Arkell used his considerable wealth to persuade Eugene Zimmerman and Bernard Gillam to leave Puck. A supporter of the Republican Party, Arkell persuaded his cartoonists to attack the Democratic administration of Grover Cleveland. With G.O.P. aid, Judge boomed during the ’80s and ’90s, surpassing its rival publication in content and circulation. By the early 1890s, the circulation of the magazine reached 50,000.

Under the editorial leadership of Isaac Gregory, Judge allied with the Republican Party and supported the candidacy of William McKinley largely through the cartoons of leading cartoonist Grant Hamilton. Circulation forJudge was about 85,000 in the 1890s.

In the early 1900s Art Young, Richard Outcault and James Montgomery Flagg all became regular contributors to Judge. Circulation continued to grow and by 1912 reached 100,000 and had overtaken its main rival, Puck. The Depression had a bad impact on sales. The price was reduced to ten cents but when that did not solve the problem and in 1932 it became a monthly. Judge continued to thrive into the 1930’s and beyond.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS NOTE

The Judge Magazine Collection consists of illustrations spanning the 1880s through the early 1900s, including front covers, internal, and centerfold illustrations. Ths collection also includes 14 complete issues of Judge Magazine.

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ORGANIZATION OF THE COLLECTION

Series I. Illustrations, 1880s
Series II. Illustrations, 1890s
Series III. Illustrations, 1900s
Series IV. Illustrations, No Date
Series V. Complete Issues

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DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

Series I. Illustrations, 1880s

Series I. Illustrations, 1880s is arranged alphabetically by artist, then chronologically.

Illustrator – Caption – Date – Volume:Number – Subject

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – The Democracy’s $50,000 Pitcher. His Backers — “Go in and slug them, Grove. They are the same nine you kicked in 1884.” Grove (disconsolately) — “Fellers, 1884 ain’t now!” – May 26, 1888 – 14:34 – front cover; page 102 verso

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – The Power Behind the Pope. “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” – February 5, 1887 – 11:27 – front cover; page 2 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Bennett Fired. Score one for the Newsdealers. – November 10, 1883 – 5:10 – front cover; page 2 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – From One Maria to Another. Grover the Good — “To the White House, please.” Policeman — “No; to political retirement and penitential meditation.” – 1882 – page 15 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Rejected Ideas On Strikes. – 1885 – page 19 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – The Streets of New York at Holiday Time. – c.1880s – page 15 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Winter Probabilities. – c.1880s

Mayer, Henry, 1868-1953 – The Curly Craze. The London Beardsley Craze of Having Everything Curly Has Reached Us At Last. – c.1880s

Unknown – Christmas Judge. Watching for Christmas. – c.1880s – page 2 verso

Unknown – Tough on Him. Democratic Leader — “When I elected Grover and he didn’t know me afterwards, den I took me medicine like er man. But when he gives me de “go-by” fer a thing like dat, den I feel tired.” – October 14, 1893 – 25:62

Victor – The Ticket Strengthened! An Herculean task for the poor old Roman. – c.1880s – page 179 verso

Wales, James Albert, 1852-1886 – At the Confessional. – September 9, 1882 – 2:46 – front cover

Wales, James Albert, 1852-1886 – More Harmony. Cold Water Foster and Lager Beer Sherman Speaking from the Same Stump in Ohio. – October 14, 1882 – 2:51 – front cover; page 2 verso

Wales, James Albert, 1852-1886 – Please Explain. A School-boy’s Predicament. – April 15, 1882 – 1:25 – front cover

Wales, James Albert, 1852-1886 – These Three Young Men Are “Brain Weary,” and They Are Going Away from the City to Rest. – August 5, 1882 – 2:41 – front cover

Worth, Thomas, 1834-1917 – Jumbo on a Jamboree. – 1881 – page 15 verso

Worth, Thomas, 1834-1917 – [Title] – ca. 1881-1886; page 15 verso

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Series II. Illustrations, 1890s

Series II. Illustrations, 1890s is arranged alphabetically by artist, then chronologically.

Illustrator – Caption – Date – Volume:Number – Subject

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – A Warning Voice. “Stop ! While there is yet time, and follow the road I am pointing out to you.” – April 23, 1897 – 32:79 – front cover

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – [Title] – March 23, 1895 – 28:701 – front cover

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Bicycle Terms. – c.1890s

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Civilization Demands Arbitration and Peace. – February 20, 1897 – 32:80 – front cover

Unknown – The Great Democratic Show of 1896.

Unknown – Judge Brownies Hold High Revel on Christmas Eve. – 1893 – centerfold

Unknown – Longhead’s Store is a Great Weather Indicator. – 1896

Unknown – Summer-Time Jottings. From the “Punkville Times.” – 1899
Unknown – Tough on Him. Democratic Leader — “When I elected Grover and he didn’t know me afterwards, den I took me medicine like er man. But when he gives me de “go-by” fer a thing like dat, den I feel tired.” – October 14, 1893 – 25:626 – front cover

Victor – Only Half Way Yet! Cleveland will be president until March 4th, 1897; on March 4th, 1895, he had served just one-half his term. – March 30, 1895 – 28:70 – front cover

Victor – Overlooked — Or the Folly of Foreign Missions. Our church charities cannot see the misery under their own noses at home. – August 31, 1895 – 29:72 – front cover

Young, Art, 1866-1943 – The Puzzled Puzzlers. – 1898

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – Forestalling the Elements; or, How Two Hobo Dervishes Didn’t Get Wet. – 1899

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – The Professional Mutilator. Dedicated to That Unpopular Crank. – 1896

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – The Solution of the Servant-Girl Problem. – 1896

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – Useful Education. [more] – 1899

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – When the Cruel War With Spain is Over There Will Be Great Possibilities for the Submarine Boat. – 1898

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Series III. Illustrations, 1900s

Series III. Illustrations, 1900s is arranged alphabetically by artist, then chronologically.

Illustrator – Caption – Date – Volume:Number – Subject

Dalrymple, Louis, 1866-1905 – A Dead-Sure Thing – The Swan Song of Democracy. – November 26, 1904 – 47:12 – front cover

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Republican party will celebrate its golden anniversary June 17-19th, in Philadelphia. – June 16, 1906 – 50:12 – front cover

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Series IV. Illustrations, No Date

Series IV. Illustrations, No Date is arranged alphabetically by artist, then title.

Illustrator – Caption – Date – Volume:Number – Subject

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – The Big-Button Craze.

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Cleveland’s Coat of Many Colors — Warranted to Suit Any Taste. – page 425 verso

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – In the Maine Woods. [more]

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – New Year’s Resolutions. Some resolutions Judge would like to have certain people make and keep.

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Some Things We Never Expect to See.

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – When the Horseless Carriage Comes In.

Hamilton, Grant E., b.1862 – Winter Pleasures of New York. – page 15 verso

Meyer, Arthur – The Daily-Newspaper Office of the Near Future. If the coupon craze lasts much longer.

Unknown – The Army Bicycle.

Unknown – A Chapter on Cranks.

Victor, F. – The Art of Free Advertising, As Practices by Theatrical Stars. – page 15 verso

Worth, Thomas, 1834-1917 – Spring Openings. – page 15 verso

Worth, Thomas, 1834-1917 – [Title] – page 15 verso

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – The First of April.

Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935 – The Shantytown Athletic Club Opens the Season. The Manager – “It’s only fair, gents, ter state dat, ownin’ ter de well-known repertation uv dese fighters fer sluggin’, de match is li’ble ter be stopped by de cops, in which case de money will be refunded.”

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Series V. Complete Issues

Series V. Complete Issues is arranged chronologically.

Illustrator [Title Page] – Date – Volume:Number – Pages

Victor, F. – April 19, 1890 – 18:444 – pages 18-31

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – April 26, 1890 – 18:445 – pages 34-47

Victor, F. – May 10, 1890 – 18:447 – pages 66-79

Unknown – May 17, 1890 – 18:448 – pages 83-95; missing cover

Victor, F. – May 24, 1890 – 18:449 – pages 98-110

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – June 14, 1890 – 18:452 – pages 150-163

Victor, F. – June 28, 1890 – 18:454 – pages 182-195

Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896 – July 19, 1890 – 18:457 – pages 230-243

Victor, F. – July 26, 1890 – 18:485 – pages 246-259

Victor, F. – August 16, 1890 – 18:461 – pages 298-311

Victor, F. – August 23, 1890 – 18:462 – pages 314-327

Victor, F. – August 30, 1890 – 18:463 – pages 330-343

Unknown – September 27, 1890 – 18:467 – pages 394-407

Unknown – October 4, 1890 – 18:468 – pages 410-423

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