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Tusche, tone and stone: 19th C. news illustration

James Albert Wales

July 14, 1880
Puck, c. 1881

James Albert Wales (who often signed his work JAW) came to work at Puck in 1879 after contributing to Harper's Weekly, Frank Leslies's Illustrated Newspaper and other publications. He left Puck in 1881 to found Judge, and returned to Puck in late 1885, six months before his death from an accidental drug overdose.

Left above: Both the Republican and Democratic parties squash the Chinese immigrant between political party planks that favor Chinese exclusion. He cannot vote, as the caption explains, and therefore he is of 'no use to either party.'
See also Asian American History Timeline and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

Right above: The slaughter of the 'Citizen's Bills' and the issue of health care, among other public concerns, graphically drains the lifeblood of the Metropolis. In this image as well, Wales shows that the slaughter is bi-partisan, as the Democratic Tammany knacker wields the axe of patronage and the figure labeled 'Allied Republicans' stands for business interests. His axe is marked 'Trading'. The political interests are allied more to money than to party as they cooperate to kill this legislation.

Puck | Judge