Artifacts of Finance: Puck Lampoons Jay Gould
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This 1882 cover of Puck lampoons Jay Gould, a leading railroad developer of the times. Labeled the “Robber Baron” by the press, Gould considered himself the most hated man in late-19th-century America. He was often vilified as a reckless speculator and brutal strikebreaker. Although he sought to create intricate railroad and communication systems in New York City, his hand in bribery and stock manipulation overshadowed his contribution to the development of American industry.