"Our Gallery of Cranks. No. 3.--The Boss Historian," cover of The Wasp, 18 April 1885.

Bancroft’s thirty-nine volumes were admittedly the work of many hands, although the "Boss Historian" did supervise and pass on the final product. The idea of production-line histories proved good material for The Wasp, an illustrated weekly magazine devoted to social and political satire, established in San Francisco in 1876. At the time of this cartoon, drawn by Henry Barkhaus, The Wasp was edited by Ambrose Bierce.


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