The "Father of the American Cartoon" was a German-born American cartoonist who proved the influence of editorial cartoons with his memorable attacks on William M. "Boss" Tweed and the Tammany Hall political machine along with all manner of events during the post-Civil War decades, mainly for "Harper's Weekly" but also other popular periodicals; he's credited with creating the Republican elephant, but he merely popularized the Democratic donkey and Uncle Sam; on a lighter note, he's considered the creator of our modern image of Santa Claus. Item #45820
Handsome, bold signature and date ("July--4--1878") in his usual brown ink, heavy stock 4½" X 2½" card, n.p.,Very good. Faint age toning and hint of paper clip imprint at upper left; mounting trace on verso. A lovely example.