Late Arrivals


The object is a political cartoon hand-drawn on white paper about 1908 by Clifford Berryman in Washington, D.C. The title "Late Arrivals" is inscribed lightly in pencil along the top edge. The drawing depicts a group of five men on a street full of depictions and references to William Howard Taft, such as posters depicting Taft; a streetcar taking people to Taft’s campaign headquarters; a banner “Welcome Taft Delegates;” a Taft hotel; and a placard announcing a Taft Grand Concert. Taft, along with the “late-arriving” group of five men, are each seeking the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States at the Republican National Convention held in Chicago, Illinois. The presence of Taft throughout the illustration signifies that he is seen as the front-runner, while the others are portrayed as losing. Three of them are identified: Philander C. Knox; Robert M. LaFollette; and Charles Hughes. LaFollette, the only one of the group not wearing a hat but instead holding it in his hand, declares "Down Again;" Hughes asks "Why did I say yes?' Another candidate, possibly identified as Charles W. Fairbanks, states that "Chicago is a bum town anyhow." The drawing is signed “Berryman” in the lower right area of the illustration.

Date Made: circa 1908Associated Date: circa 1908

Associated Person: Taft, William H.KnoxMaker: Berryman, Clifford

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of ColumbiaAssociated Place: United States: Illinois, Chicago

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsPolitical ConventionsPresidential CandidatesElectionsRelated Event: Presidential Campaign of 1908Republican National Convention of 1908


See more items in: Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.322733.038Catalog Number: 322733.038Accession Number: 322733

Object Name: Cartoonpolitical cartoonObject Type: editorial cartoonscartoonsDrawing

Physical Description: pencil (overall material)ink (overall material)hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 15 in x 14 3/8 in; 38.1 cm x 36.51479 cm


Record Id: nmah_496217

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