Images of Cartoon Horses and Donkeys

As enduring as Uncle Sam and Santa Claus, images of elephants and donkeys persist in American culture. They can be seen on political buttons and Internet memes, and you’d be hard-pressed to walk more than a few paces at a Democratic or Republican rally without seeing one of the two creatures. But it’s strange that both parties embraced the animals, when Nast’s cartoons usually depicted them as stubborn beasts just a hair’s breadth away from financial chaos.

Animated sequence of a galloping race horse. Photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (died 1904), first published in 1887 at Philadelphia under the title Animal Locomotion. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and territories where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.