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Thomas Nast's Original "April Fool's Pranks" Print

This is an original 1864 illustration featuring April Fool's Pranks.  It is an amazing piece of history, showing the pranks that people were playing on April Fool's Day, 1864.

April Fool's Day

Thomas Nast "April Fool's Pranks"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

This is an original Thomas Nast illustration from the April 2, 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly.  The illustration features about a dozen images of April Fool's day pranks.  The illustration is captioned, "All Fool's Day", and shows Thomas Nast's distinctive signature in the lower right of the center image.

Some of the pranks illustrated in this 1864 picture include women paying a visit to an older man, with the women wearing beards and moustaches.  Another image shows Civil War Soldiers playing April Fool's tricks on one another.  In one case, a soldier is seen holding his hand on in front of the binoculars of a friend, and in another case, a sailor is seen holding his hat over the telescope of a friend.   In one of the lower images, a young boy can be seen tying a string on the dress of a little girl, and in another image a school teacher is seen with a sign on his back that says "Old Fool".  Overall this is an extremely interesting piece of artwork, showing the April Fool's traditions of 1864.

We hope you enjoy this complete Gallery of the Civil War works of Thomas Nast.  We have created this digital archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast.  Please remember that the digitally enhanced images are Copyright Son of the South Material, so do not use them without asking permission.  For more information, contact paul@sonofthesouth.net .

A Note to our Readers

We created this Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for posterity.  We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs available for a price of $250 each.  The proceeds from the sale of the material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our site.  Please contact paul@sonofthesouth.net if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.




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