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July 23, 2021

Political Satire Tintype From the Late 19th Century

How can a picture of President Grover Cleveland, a man in a dress, and a man with a fake mustache and beard be related?


According to Beverly’s Flickr, it is political satire referencing the annexation of Hawaii! President Benjamin Harrison (the man with the fake beard) had Congress annex the Hawaiian islands after a 1893 bloodless revolution. The man in the dress (muumuu) represents the Queen of Hawaii, Liliuokalani.

When Cleveland (the drawing on the wall) was elected he recommended that the monarchy be restored, which Congress rejected. These were the three individuals most involved in this historic event.




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