Trombone in 19th Century Political Cartoons: Six Images

The latest iconography to be added to the Trombone History Timeline are 2 political images from the 19th century. Here they are, below (1886 and 1887), along with 4 others from the timeline. Enjoy!


1827—London: A political cartoon by John Doyle entitled The Tory Band includes a trombonist in military uniform playing an instrument with an extension handle (see below image; public domain).tory band


1842—London, England: Curious Inns and Outs, a political satire lithograph by John Doyle, includes a man playing trombone (see below image; public domain).Doyle


1870-71—Paris, France: A satirical lithograph by caricaturist De La Tramblais shows German Emperor Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck with a guitar and trombone, respectively, serenading an obviously unreceptive woman (see below image; public domain) (Victoria & Albert Museum).2295-cropped


c. 1886—New York: A political cartoon published by Puck magazine targeting the labor movement includes a depiction of an orchestra with a trombone player (who represents the “anarchist press”). See below image; public domain.Puck-c1886

1886—New York: A satirical illustration from Puck magazine labeled “An Inharmonious Serenade” includes a trombonist. The trombonist has a rolled up piece of paper in his pocket and a label inside his upturned hat that both indicate “St. John.” The three characters serenade a woman who represents Maine, her prohibition vote in hand. A posting on the wall says, “Prelude to Campaign 1888” (see below image; public domain).PUCK1886


1887—New York: A satirical illustration by J. Keppler, published in Puck magazine in May 1887, is labeled “The Poverty Problem Solved,” with a subtitle that reads, “George & McGlynn’s Great Millennial Show—They will Promise Anything and Everything for One Dollar.” The image features a man playing a trombone labeled “Theories” (see below image; public domain).puck 1887