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Grizzly Bear Chair

[ 71 ] November 13, 2012 |

Am I the only one who thinks this grizzly bear chair presented to Andrew Johnson in 1865 really seals his image as a villain? Who can’t see him drunkenly spewing racist epithets while sitting here? Did he click his fingers against the grizzly bear claws while undermining black rights? The possibilities are endless.


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  1. FourTen says:

    Count the paws.

    (can’t unsee)

  2. Lee says:

    Why am I getting the image of Andrew Johnson as a Bond Villain with Grant, Thaddeus Stevens, or even Thomas Nast as the hero.

  3. Lee says:

    This chair is also in very bad taste even for the standards of the time.

  4. Ginger Yellow says:

    It certainly suggests an image of him as a supervillain breeding insect-bear hybrids.

  5. mark f says:

    Way more exciting than the band.

  6. mark f says:

    Presented to the president by a private citizen. I bet all Barack Obama gets is hate mail and weird photoshops.

  7. ploeg says:

    It suggests to me that Sagamore Hill is somehow incomplete.

  8. Scott de B. says:

    The chair used to be owned by Dr. Moreau.

  9. c u n d gulag says:

    Can you imagine what the folks from “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy” would say about that?

    “OMG! What? Even the moose-head ran off when it took one look at that monstrosity?”

  10. cpinva says:

    something tells me that chair didn’t get a lot of use in the white house, if it even saw the light of day, and wasn’t stuck in a basement closet. it’s pretty disgusting, even by 1860’s standards. although, it was probably pretty warm during the winter.

  11. NBarnes says:

    It’s terrible, but how could my opinion of Andrew Jackson be any lower? Answer; there is no way that could be achieved. So this is merely an example of appalling tacky Americana.

  12. …although I want Sam Raimi to option it for the next Evil Dead chapter.

  13. Hogan says:

    So is that sucker still in the White House somewhere, or did they move it to that giant warehouse where we keep the Ark of the Covenant?

  14. Alex says:

    I want one. I wonder if CB2 or West Elm has them?

  15. Warren Terra says:

    It’s a Second Amendment thing, the right to Bear Arms.

  16. David Mathias says:

    You’re jealous that you don’t have your own.

  17. I am sick and tired of all the Game of Thrones coverage.

  18. Njorl says:

    It’s all freaks today at LGM – 6-legged bears, eight-legged frogs and two-backed beasts.

  19. dome doofus says:

    “the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended, would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life.”

  20. Bitter Scribe says:

    This is almost as creepy as the passage in Vidal’s “Burr” where someone tries to sell Burr “Indian shoes”–which are just that.

  21. Stag Party Palin says:

    OT: hilarious mistake made by TV dude stealing picture off the internet and using it without checking it out. Bet you didn’t know about “All In My Snatch” by Paula Broadwell…..

  22. Julia Grey says:

    It’s all freaks today at LGM – 6-legged bears, eight-legged frogs and two-backed beasts.

    The first thing I thought of was 2 people spooned, kneeling on the seat of that chair, facing backward, leaning forward onto the fur of the….uh…

    Okay, never mind. I apologize. Utterly disgusting.


    …No. Excuse me. Unforgivable.



    Fur-cushioned knees, though…

  23. $10 says Jeffrey Loria has one of these in his office.

  24. scott g says:

    Thanks for not pointing out the Humboldt County origins of that excrescence. Those bears were some of the last of the Lost Coast.

  25. Barry Freed says:

    That would make a fine crapper.

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