Don't Spatter the Boat -- T.R.

Don't Spatter the Boat -- T.R.

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This object is an original pen and ink political cartoon hand drawn on heavy white paper circa 1904 by Clifford Berryman in Washington, D.C. It depicts the White House in the distance and a boat in the water holding Theodore Roosevelt and the "teddy bear." The boat has the label "Presidential 'TUG." Roosevelt is pointing his finger at Alton Parker, who appears to be sweating heavily while in the water holding on to the boat. Two Berryman numbers are stamped in blue ink on the reverse: 31871, which is crossed out in pencil; and 31861. The drawing is signed “Berryman” in the lower right area of the illustration.
This drawing was made during the 1904 Presidential Campaign during which Theodore Roosevelt ran as the Republican nominee and Alton Parker ran as the Democratic nominee. It illustrates that Roosevelt, with the White House behind him and the protection of the boat, was in the stronger position than Parker to be elected. Alton Parker lost to Roosevelt in a landslide election.
Many of Clifford Berryman’s political cartoons that include Theodore Roosevelt also include the teddy bear, which he used as a device to symbolize protection or support to Roosevelt.
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Object Name
political cartoon
Object Type
editorial cartoon
date made
ca 1904
depicted person
Roosevelt, Theodore
associated institution
White House, The
depicted person
Parker, Alton Brooks
Berryman, Clifford
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
hand-drawn (overall production method/technique)
ink stamp (overall material)
pencil (overall material)
overall: 17 1/4 in x 15 in; 43.815 cm x 38.1 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1904
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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