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Political magazine collection, Puck, Judge, Jingo

Identifier: MS2238

Collection Scope and Content

The collection has issues of Puck, Jingo, and Judge magazine from 1881-1885 and one issue from 1925.


  • 1881-1897, 1925

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical Note

Puck magazine, weekly magazine, founded by cartoonist Joseph Keppler, began publication in March 1871. Keppler had been working for Frank Leslie's Illustrated The original Puck publication had both English and German editions. Puck started as a German-language weekly but an English version appeared the following year in March, 1877. The 16 page magazine sold for ten cents. For several years the English language magazine operated at a loss and was subsidized by the German version. However, circulation gradually increased and by the early 1880s Keppler was selling over 80,000 copies a week.

Typical 32-page issues contained a full color political cartoon on the front cover and a color non-political cartoon or comic-strip on the back cover dealing with social issues. There was always a double-page color centerfold, usually on a political topic. There were numerous black & white cartoons used to illustrate humorous anecdotes. A page of editorials commented on the issues of the day, and the last few pages were ads. Some of Joseph Keppler's main targets were the women's suffrage, trade unions, and religious hypocrisy. Keppler died in 1894 and his son, Joseph Keppler, Jr. assumed control. Harry Leon Wilson became editor until being replaced in 1904 by John K. Bangs, the former editor of Harper's Weekly. The English magazine continued for over forty years under several owners and editors until it was bought by the William Randolph Hearst company in 1916 (or 1917). The publication continued for two more years and the last edition was distributed in September 1918.

Jingo and Judge are similar to Puck in layout and content.

[this history was adapted from an article in wikipedia and the website]


1.25 Linear Feet

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This collection contains issues of the political magazines Puck, Judge, and Jingo. The issues date from 1881-1885, and 1925.

Collection Organization

Arranged chronologically by publication.

Acquisition Information

This collection contains accessions from numerous donors.

Purchased from Edward Cohen in 2007 and 2008. Judge issue October 24, 9125 was a gift of Robert L. Kessler 2017 November 28 (accession 2017.072). Vol. 32 No. 804 "The Inauguration" was a gift of Elizabeth Chapman 2019 April 23 (Accession 2019.022), Robin Masefield donated digital copies of the front covers of Judge vol. 16 nos 403 and 410 (accession 2020.024), Janice A. Farringer donated the illustration "The Debut of the Youger Sisters" (accession 2023.033)


Guide to the Political magazine collection, Puck, Judge, Jingo, 1881-1885, 1925
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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