[Ads-l] Republican Elaphant

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 16 02:44:44 UTC 2020

Barry Popik posted here about the Republican Elephant in 2005.

It's generally acknowledged that it was popularized by an 1874 Nast 
However, there was a ten-year tradition of using an elephant as a symbol 
of Republicans in southeastern Pennsylvania, Reading, Lancaster and 
Philadelphia from as early as 1864.

My blog:  

Sadly, hours after posting, I ran across a new piece of information that 
will require additions and revisions -  at least a single example of a 
Republican elephant, with boots like other early elephants, used to 
promote a Lincoln rally in 1860.


Anyways, I think my post has some good history, and may be relevant to 
how the symbol survived until adopted more widely in 1874.

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