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,
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
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
if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.