Ca. 1885. Fiery Brooklyn preacher Thomas De Witt Talmage caricatured as a fireman, after his popular Tabernacle burned down for the third time.
Printed color lithographed triptych caricature of the New York religious reformer, printed on three separate cards. Showing the crusader against vice in profile, with a fireman's helmet at his feet and a bugle in his hand, ready to call the public to attend services at his enormous Brooklyn central Presbyterian Church known as the "Tabernacle".
Talmage (1832 - 1902) was a dramatic preacher and performer; attending his sermons became one of the most popular New York experiences of the 1870s. Each week Talmage preached to audiences in the thousands in the Brooklyn tabernacle, which burned down and was rebuilt 3 times up to 1894!
Printed on 3 cards, each 7 x 3". Cards slightly marked; the top card with a perforation. Printed at base, "Copyright March 22nd, 188-" with final number worn away in corner. Good + overall. Item #23508