An Elephant Never Forgets an Adoption
The Elephant. New York, NY. Feb. 5, 1848. No. 3.
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This is an extremely scarce humor periodical that lasted just five weeks, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19, 1848. Yale is the only institution with a file of all five numbers. When it first came out many people believed that the publisher was Cornelius Mathews, a prominent author and social critic of the 1830s through 50s, though there is no absolute proof of this. The Elephant is a sequel to the better-known periodical, Yankee Doodle (1846-1847). The content is mostly political satire with regular jokes sprinkled throughout.