Random notes and sketches by newspaper artist and Urban Sketchers founder Gabriel Campanario.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The first Republican elephant

Ever wondered why an elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party? A newspaper artist came up with that.

Thomas Nast, considered the father of political cartooning, first depicted the GOP as an elephant in this full-page cartoon published by Harper's Weekly on November 7, 1874.

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