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Mayor Hall. Want your place paved, you say? Certainly, Sir; how will you have it done, with good intentions or with broken promises? We will supply you with either at the City Hall. (Punchinello, April 1870.)

Punchinello was a short-lived American satirical magazine. Inspired by the English publication Punch, it ran in weekly editions from 2 April 1870 to 24 December 1870.


The magazine was founded by former editors of Vanity Fair, which went out of business in 1863. They found four investors willing to provide $5000 each--though they did not disclose that those four were robber baron Jay Gould, financial buccaneer Jim Fisk, and corrupt politicians Boss Tweed and Peter B. Sweeny. It ceased publication within a year.[1]

The magazine's main illustrator was Henry Louis Stephens,[2] who produced a full-page cartoon every week. Other sections included theater reviews, correspondence (real or fictional) from Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago, and essays on foreign affairs.[1] "In format as in name", it was an imitator of the London Punch, according to Frank Luther Mott, though "Punchinello was not very funny."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mott, Frank Luther (1938). A History of American Magazines, 1865-1885, Volume 3. Harvard UP. pp. 440–42. ISBN 978-0-674-39552-7. 
  2. ^ Young, Timothy Garrett; Patrick Kiley (2007). Drawn to enchant: original children's book art in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection. Yale UP. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-300-12673-0. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 

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