President Teddy Roosevelt speaks in Evanston, Illinois, 1903
Stereo photo from The Library of Congress
Political cartoons from way back when kicked so much more ass than they do now.
Did everyone else know campaign & presidential knives were a thing?
Top, far left, clockwise: William McKinley & Garret Hobart, Woodrow Wilson (“Let Justice and Progress Go Hand in Hand”), William Jennings Bryan, Teddy Roosevelt & Charles Fairbanks. Middle: John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan. Bottom: Richard Nixon.
— Teddy Roosevelt, from a speech at the state fair grounds at Concord, N.H., August 28, 1902. Stereograph of Roosevelt in West Divide, CO, dated May 28, 1905, from the Library of Congress.
“Teddy’s Bear Hunt,” a Theodore Roosevelt board game from 1907
The game came with six lead Teddy playing pieces, a lead bear piece, two wooden dice cups and two ivory die. Players started at one end of the woods pictured on the board, leading to the finish mark: a bloodied bear laying on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt, who died 94 years ago today, became the first sitting US president to visit to Puerto Rico when he stopped in the island in 1906 following a visit to the Panama Canal construction site. His son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., was the US-appointed Governor of Puerto Rico from 1929 to 1932.
According to the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the first known use by Teddy Roosevelt of the phrase “square deal” came in a speech at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on May 6, 1903:
To the Indians here I want to say a word of welcome. In my regiment I had a good many Indians. They were good enough to fight and to die, and they are good enough to have me treat them exactly as squarely as any white man. There are many problems in connection with them. We must save them from corruption and brutality; and I regret to say that at times we must save them from unregulated Eastern philanthropy.Animated image created from stereograph cards at the Library of Congress of Roosevelt mounting for a ride in the Grand Canyon
All I ask is a square deal for every man. Give him a fair chance. Do not let him wrong any one, and do not let him be wronged
“We must act upon the motto of all for each and each for all. There must be ever present in our minds the fundamental truth that in a republic such as ours the only safety is to stand neither for nor against any man because he is rich or because he is poor, because he is engaged in one occupation or another, because he works with his brains or because he works with his hands.
“We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, at the State Fair in Syracuse, New York, September 7, 1903
Roosevelt “Awl Eye Want is a Square Deal” button from Heritage Auctions (HA.com)