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Frederick Burr Opper An Aldermanic Alphabet

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"Puck's Aldermanic Alphabet" appeared March 31, 1886.
note: The image enlarges in two parts: the top half contains A-L and the bottom from M-Z.
Opper provides an alphabet morality tale of New York City political corruption, from a bribe (i.e., 'boodle') taking Alderman to the Zebra stripes he will wear in prison. In the letter 'V', the veto in the hand of 'our noble Mayor', W. R. Grace, is titled Street Railroad Job.

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