The donkey has been used to symbolize the Democratic Party for over one hundred years. A political cartoonist named Thomas Nast first used the donkey in a Harper’s Weekly cartoon published in 1870. His rendition helped popularize it as the party’s mascot. Nast’s use of the elephant in cartoons helped it to gain acceptance as the Republican mascot. Seen as humble, honest, smart and courageous by Democrats it is seen as stubborn and ridiculous by Republicans. While the elephant has been adopted as the official symbol of the Republican Party, the donkey has never been officially recognized by the Democrats. Harry and Bess Truman accumulated numerous democratic donkey items through the years. Many of the items in the collection include clothing, jewelry, greeting cards, political memorabilia and figurines, such as the pair pictured. Glazed ceramic, made in Japan, 70.6 x 22.8 CM, HSTR 22717.