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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wilson’s Inauguration: Cartoons Magazine Centennial 1913

The first thing to understand about Woodrow Wilson‘s first inaugural, is that in his time, a President-Elect did not take office until March! Above, we have cartoons by Harry Murphy and Fontaine Fox — from the January 1913 edition of Cartoons Magazine — making fun of the idea of moving the Inauguration Date earlier, into the dead of Winter!

Click on the below pages to enlarge their cartoons, and be able to read their captions.

Beneath, Wilson apparently wasn’t much of a dancer, and rather than embarass himself, he cancelled all the Inaugural Balls (or at least, that is the reason indicated by the cartoonists below). The resulting disappointment by those who had hoped to hobnob with the new President, and enjoy some gala affairs, is shown by James H. Donahey, Paul A. Plaschke, Gaar Williams, Fontaine Fox, Ernest E. Burtt, and Herbert H. Perry. These two pages are from the March 1913 issue.

Above (from Cartoons Magazine’s December 1912 issue), artist John T. McCutcheon makes fun of the hubbub of activity in Washington, D.C., surrounding Inauguration Day.

Beneath, from April 1913, Perry again, and Clifford K. Berryman, depict various local outside-Washington means of enjoying the Parade.

Beneath — from April 1913Thomas and Daniel Fitzpatrick depict various get-rich-quick schemes by D.C. locals, for soaking those visiting in town to attend the Inauguration.

Above, from February 1913 (before the Inauguration actually took place), a cartoon by Charles Lewis Bartholomew (“Bart”), depicting Wilson’s plan to walk, rather than ride, the Parade route. (Wilson didn’t.)

We close with the beneath December 1912 cartoon by Vie Lambdin, on what will Wilson’s years bring?

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    [...] Secretary of State (which he did). The long interval between Wilson’s election and inauguration, however, gave the cartoonists plenty of time to poke fun at Bryan’s (second choice) dream [...]

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