On Nov. 7, 1874, Harper’s Weekly cartoonist Thomas Nast depicted the Republican Party as an elephant for the first time. Nast is also known for creating the modern version of Santa Claus and popularizing images of William “Boss” Tweed, Uncle Sam and the Democratic donkey.
To find out more about the story behind the illustration and how the elephant symbol developed over Nast’s career, read this explanation from the New York Times and HarpWeek.
This post is part of a series displaying the work of the U.S. military and veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) association was established in 1899. Washington, DC, was host to the VFW convention in 1920. Cartoonist Clifford Berryman memorializes this event with his familiar character, Mr. DC, presenting the city on a platter to a veteran holding the American flag and his small valise. Sporting a large armband reading "welcome veterans," Mr. DC says to the soldier, "welcome, the city is yours."
Welcome Veterans by Clifford Berryman (6011633), 9/13/1920, U.S. Senate Collection