This is Puck magazine’s take on Saint Nick/Theodore Roosevelt preparing for Christmas 1904. It is a curious image. A little context: This was three weeks after he won the 1904 presidential election and four months before the March 1905 inaugural. Roosevelt desperately wanted the legitimacy that came with that election victory because he had ascended to the Executive Mansion as an accidental president after the assassination of McKinley.
(image/Library of Congress)