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A Puck Cartoon Ridicules the Irish Domestic Servant

An 1888 Puck cartoon pokes fun at an Irish domestic servant, a frequent target of cartoonists and other humorists in the late 19th century. Such depictions, which ranged from relatively harmless "numbskull" humor to more mean-spirited and dehumanizing stereotypes, served to cement the figure of the simple-minded female Irish domestic. These servants were often referred to by the generic names of Biddy or Bridget, in the American cultural lexicon.

MRS. UPTON FLATTE - What are you dusting the furniture with, Bridget?

BRIDGET - Wiv ther dust-pan, mum, what else?

Source | Samuel Ehrhart, "An Irish Duster," Puck, 30 May 1888.
Creator | Samuel Ehrhart
Item Type | Cartoon
Cite This document | Samuel Ehrhart, “A Puck Cartoon Ridicules the Irish Domestic Servant,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 10, 2018, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/650.

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