With this post we begin an occasional series entitled ?Images.? We?ll post an image?contemporary photograph, political cartoon, post card, picture of an object, book cover, whatever?briefly describe it, and then invite comment on the image and/or its context. Hopefully we?ll accumulate a small collection of crowd-annotated Mormon-related images. Furthermore, the text descriptions of the images might help researchers find images via text searches.
Since it is Christmas-time, I have chosen to begin in November, 1906, when Church President Joseph F. Smith was fined $300 for continuing to live conjugally with his five wives. The event prompted the following cartoon from ?Bart? (Charles L. Bartholomew) in the Minneapolis Journal (1906 Dec 02 Sun, p 1, courtesy of the Library of Congress):
The image was picked up by The Literary Digest (1906 Dec 22, Vol 33, no 25, p 925).
The title is ?Forty-three Long Stockings A-Hangin? on the Wall.? The caption reads: ?Isn?t it punishment enough for President Smith of the Mormon church to have forty-three children at Christmas time without fining him $300??
The image shows Joseph F. Smith standing in front of a hearth and fireplace with multiple stockings pinned up in anticipation of Christmas. Smith is dressed in what appears to be a Prince Albert suit accessorized with top-hat and white spats. His beard, reaching to mid-thigh, appears about three times as long in the cartoon as in any photograph of him I?ve ever seen.
He is surrounded by toys: an overflowing box behind reads ?Christmas Presents Wholesale?; he is holding a bag labeled ?Assorted Presents?; there are toys or packages under his arm, in his coat pocket, and on the floor all around him. The visible toys include tops, jack-in-the-box, dolls, balls, and hobby horse; at the bottom left is a partially obscured device with the visible part of the label being ?rover.?
Along the top of the mantle are pictures of women, presumably the wives. Twelve pictures are visible; there might be a thirteenth almost completely obscured by Smith?s face and hat. At the center-top is a placard reading ?What Is Home Without a Dozen Mothers.?
What do you see? What does it mean? What?s the context?
[And? do you have suggestions for the format of the series? Is my description above too long? Too short? Etc?]