The Graduate Center - City University of New York

No more of those hideous monuments!

After two decades of rampant monument building across the country cartoonist Bernhard Gillam created this double page centerfold for Puck, a weekly satirical magazine. In the illustration Puck, the figure that graced the magazine's masthead (inspired by the character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream) is trying to show Uncle Sam his idea of a memorial to General Grant, with the subtitle “Let Us Have a Memorial of General Grant that will be Worthy of a Great Nation.”

Creator: Bernhard Gillam

Date: August 19, 1885

Publisher: Puck

Source: American Social History Project