Monday, December 22, 2008

Democratic donkey Republican elephant After the election New Years Eve Cheer

Democratic donkey Republican elephant. After the election, New Years Eve Cheer. Creator(s): U.S. Senate. Office of Senate Curator. (? - ) Type(s) of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials Contact(s):

Center for Legislative Archives (NWL), National Archives Building, Room 8E, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20408. PHONE: 202-357-5350; FAX: 202-357-5911;

EMAIL: Production Date(s): 12/31/1931 Part Of: Series: Berryman Political Cartoon Collection, compiled 1896 - 1949 Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted Use Restriction(s): Unrestricted Specific Records Type(s): cartoons (humorous images)

Democratic donkey Republican elephant New Years Eve CheerVariant Control Number(s): NAIL Control Number: NWL-46-BERRYMAN-F063 Index Terms: * Subjects Represented in the Archival Material: * Contributors to Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials: o Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, 1869-1949, Artist.

This cartoon concerns the control of the 72nd Congress in 1931. In the 1930 congressional elections, Republicans retained a slim majority in both houses of Congress. When the new Congress convened in December, 1931, however, a number of deaths and departures left vacancies in seats held by Republicans. Results from special elections held to fill those seats shifted control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. The Democratic donkey, cheered by his party's new power, consoles the defeated Republican elephant as the old year sets over the horizon.

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