"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
"Giddap": A Very Democratic Donkey Quilt
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"Giddap" ~ Democratic Donkey Quilt

Unidentified Quilt Maker
Circa 1960
64 x 88 inches
Alabama

"Giddap" became a symbol for the Democratic Party in 1931, when a pattern for this adorable guy was published by the Kansas City Star newspaper.  

Only a few weeks earlier, the same newspaper had published a pattern developed to represent "Ararat," a beloved elephant housed at the Kansas City Zoo.  But some readers interpreted the elephant to be a symbol for the Republican Party, and so requested a pattern for a Donkey.  (See photos of both patterns.)

The newspaper complied, and created a pattern they called it "Giddap, A Very Democratic Donkey."  They printed the pattern in July, just prior to Franklin D, Roosevelt's campaign for President in 1932.

This example was made later, circa 1960 in Alabama. It is all cottons, large scale, machine quilted, and has a few loose seams.