Party Time!

by mary September 14, 2014

With the 2014 elections only a couple of months away, tt's that time of the season again to show your party spirit -- and, what better way to do it, then with a Donkey or Elephant charm bracelet!

I was inspired to make this Republican charm bracelet after finding a Nixon for President pin with a large gray elephant hanging from it (he's the one at the center bottom of the picture!

According to the Republican Party, the elephant originated as the GOP symbol during the 1860 campaign as a symbol of strength.  It was further popularized by political cartoonis Thomas Nast. 

For some reason, elephant charms are much easier to find than donkey charms, so I am always thrilled when I can find donkeys -- especially those with the large ears like the silver donkeys I used in this Democratic charm bracelet.

Presidential candidate Andrew Jackson was the first Democrat to be associated with the donkey symbol in 1828, & political cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with making the donkey the recognized symbol of the Democratic Party after he used it in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly in 1870.  Democrats see the donkey as smart & brave.

When I found red, white & blue donkeys, I decided to make one with similarly colored beads.

Interestingly, the colors red & blue were first used in the 1976 election, when NBC debuted the first election map on TV,  However, at that time, they used red for states that voted for Carter (Democratic Party) & blue for states that voted for Ford (Republican Party), while other stations used different color-coding.  It wasn't until the 2000 presidential election when the NY Times & USA Today published color election maps that it was firmly established that Republicans were the red party & Democrats were the blue party.

So, as the election season heats up, it's time to think about putting on your red Republican Party or blue Democratic Party jewelry!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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