Greatest American Painters

Lloyd Ostendorf (1921 – 2000)

Posted by A. S. Amberson on November 2, 2012

George Rogers Clark As Brigadier General 1781

Lincoln Portrait

The Long Nine In 1837

The Courthouse Where Lincoln Practiced Law

Lincoln At The Postville Courthouse

Lincoln At The Dement Mill Trial

Abraham Lincoln Christening The Town Of Lincoln

Nancy Hanks Lincoln

President Zachary Taylor

President Millard Fillmore

President Franklin Pierce

President Rutherford Hayes

The Great Society

Nancy Hawks Lincoln And Her Son

Young Abe Lincoln Studying

Young Abe Lincoln Splitting Rails

Young Lincoln Setting Up Surveying Instruments

Young Lincoln Sorting Through Letters

Lincoln The Letter Writer

Abraham Lincoln


8 Responses to “Lloyd Ostendorf (1921 – 2000)”

  1. Bruce said

    The Long Nine In 1837: “In an era when the average man stood 5 foot 8, Honest Abe towered over most fellows at 6 foot 4. In the state General Assembly during the 1830s, Lincoln was one of nine politicians from the Springfield area who were each at least 6 feet tall. They became known as the Long Nine . . . in 1837, the nine men gathered to celebrate their greatest victory: passage of a bill moving the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield . . . Lincoln and his fellow Whigs were greatly outnumbered in Vandalia, so their efforts to move the capital met with seemingly insurmountable opposition.”

  2. Ed Darrell said

    Did Ostendorf draw regular political cartoons? Do you know where the “root, hog, or die” cartoon was published?

    • Suzay Lamb said

      Ostendorf was mainly a historian of President Lincoln. He dedicated his life collecting and drawing pictures of Lincoln. About the Great Society cartoon, I only know that it was designed in 1965.

      • Bruce said

        According to Wiki “Root, hog, or die” is a common American catch-phrase dating from well before 1834. Coming from the early colonial practice of turning pigs loose in the woods to fend [root] for themselves, the term is an idiomatic expression for self-reliance.

        Lyndon Johnson’s most significant legacy as president were the social programs that he sponsored, collectively called “The Great Society.” Again, from Wiki, “Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. New major spending programs that addressed education, medical care, urban problems, and transportation were launched during this period.”

        So the cartoon is depicting Johnson turning away from the path of “Root, hog, or die” and toward “Government Spending” to help alleviate the suffering of poor people rather than just telling them to fend for themselves. What exactly this has to do with Abraham Lincoln, I am not sure. Perhaps it’s referring to him as a great president; perhaps to his commitment to a strong federal government.

        PLEASE – No political commentary! I am only attempting to answer a question. This is not a proper forum for that kind of debate.

      • Bruce said

        Heh, “I am only attempting to answer a question” which I just realized I did not do; that is, answer Ed’s question. According to his obituary, Ostendorf worked as a commercial artist for the Journal Herald in Dayton, Ohio but that was long before LBJ’s presidency. By that time, he was well enough established to be self-employed, possibly in partnership with cartoonist Milton Caniff, and whatever political cartooning he was doing then might well have been syndicated, appearing in quite a few publications.

      • Bruce said

      • Suzay Lamb said

        Bruce, as you rightly say, this is not a political forum. Nevertheless, we can objectively (try to) review a painting and the first detail that strikes the eye is President Lincoln’s puzzled look (to put it mildly) as he watches the path followed by President Johnson. This is what I see in this cartoon.

      • Bruce said

        Maybe Honest Abe, Northern Whig/Republican from the loyal state of Illinois, is surprised at the inspired leadership being shown by a Southern Democrat from the rebellious state of Texas. Speaking strictly apolitically, of course.

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