Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore. His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. The character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers and was later popularized by freelance writer William B. Laughead (1882–1958) in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company.
Tarring & Feathering - A form of public humiliation used to enforce unofficial justice or revenge. In a typical attack, the victim was stripped to the waist. Liquid tar was poured or painted onto the person while he was immobilized. Then the victim had feathers thrown on him or was rolled around on a pile of feathers. The earliest mention of the punishment appeared in 1189. The latest was in 2007, in Northern Ireland, to an individual accused of drug-dealing.
The donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson's 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called him a jackass and he used the image for his campaign. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in cartoons and made the symbol famous in 1870. In a cartoon in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion's skin, scaring away all the animals at the zoo. A scared elephant, was labeled “The Republican Vote.”