Cartoon, "Stranger Things Have Happened", 1879

Cartoon, "Stranger Things Have Happened", 1879

Description
Harper’s Weekly featured Thomas Nast’s Democratic donkey for the first time in 1870. Nast had often used the symbol to represent ignorance. Nast featured an elephant for the first time in 1874 to represent the Republican vote. He rendered the animal, unsure of its own weight, plodding through planks representing its own party platform. Nast’s elephant and donkey appeared together in a cartoon for the first time in 1879.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cartoon
print, cartoon
date made
1879
maker
Nast, Thomas
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white, black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 16 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in; 41.275 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
1978.2117.01
accession number
1978.2117
catalog number
1978.2117.01
subject
Political Parties
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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