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Philadelphia Inquirer, October 31, 1912.Whatcha got here, left to right, are quality caricatures of the three contending presidential candidates, Teddy Roosevelt (Bullmoose Party), William Howard Taft (Republican) and Woody Wilson (Democrat). Old-timey editorial cartoonists were much more observant of Halloween than ours today, and hit that holiday mark with clockwork regularity.


  1. Is there subtle significance in Roosevelt leading Taft by the nose? (I’m sporting my ignorance for the good of the order).

  2. I’d say yeah, now that you mention it: the Bullmoosers were a progressive breakaway movement from the GOP, so would have been in a position to steer/interfere with the latter’s agenda much like the Teabaggers are doing even now.

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