Cartoon, "Stranger Things Have Happened", 1879

Cartoon, "Stranger Things Have Happened", 1879

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.
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Object Name
print, cartoon
date made
Nast, Thomas
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white, black (overall color)
overall: 16 1/4 in x 11 1/4 in; 41.275 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Political Parties
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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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