Dime Novels and Magazines
Dime Novels, the pop fiction of their day
In the 1800s, working class Americans couldn't get enough of Dime Novels, which dramatized urban toughs, detectives, cowboys, and hard-working city girls. Stanford University hosts a fascinating collection of images from the pop fiction of its day.
Thomas Nast, the father of caricature
Cartoonist Thomas Nast combined artistic flair and acerbic wit to depict political and social life in the 1900s. He was the first to draw Republicans as elephants, Democrats as Donkeys, and he invented our image of Santa Claus.