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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nast Thomas (1840-1902) was a German-born American caricaturist

Illustrator Thomas Nast was the first American celebrity cartoonist, famous for helping to turn out New York's corrupt politicians and for creating peristent iconographic images of Santa Claus. Nast, from a family of German immigrants, began working in New York City as a cartoonist at the age of 15.One of the most influential caricaturists of his time, he is credited with creating the image of Santa as a chubby fellow in a red suit. Nast also came up with the image of an ass to represent Democrats (around 1870) and an elephant to represent Republicans (1874). His popularity waned in the 1880s, and he parted ways with Harper's Weekly over political and artistic differences. Failing to succeed with his own publication or as a painter, he managed to be appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1902 to a diplomatic position in Ecuador, where he contracted yellow fever and died.
Santa Claus 
I Will Never Do It Again
Hello Little One
Santa Clauss Mail
Caught

Christkindchen Just Excellent
Christmas Eve 1862 
Christmas Eve 1862 
A Christmas Box
Do You Wish You Wore Stockings
Old Mother Goose Melodies
A Merry Christmas
Waiting For Children To Get To Sleep
A Merry Christmas
 Christmas Story


Supplement To Harpers Weekly
Merry Christmas 
Christmas Flirtation




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