Bashful Grey Elephant
- Suitable from birth
- 12 inches
- Polyester, plastic pellets, plastic eyes
- Spot clean only
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, we think we can all agree that our plush elephant is an adorable, welcome addition to the crib and playroom of the little politician in your life.
Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with popularizing the donkey and elephant as symbols for the Democratic and Republican Parties in cartoons he ran between 1870 and 1872 in Harper's Weekly, but both symbols had been used previously.
The earliest connection of the elephant to the Republican Party was an illustration in an 1864 Abraham Lincoln presidential campaign newspaper, Father Abraham. It showed an elephant holding a banner and celebrating Union victories. During the Civil War, "seeing the elephant" was slang for engaging in combat, so the elephant was a logical choice to represent successful battles.
The Democratic Party's first association with the donkey came about during the 1828 campaign of Democrat Andrew Jackson, who ran on a populist platform (by the people, for the people) and used a slogan "Let the People Rule." Jackson's opponents referred to him as a jackass (donkey). Jackson incorporated the jackass into his campaign posters.