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Nelliephant: 1925

Nelliephant: 1925

April 22, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Nellie, pet of Johnny J. Jones Circus." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


And a song!

Nellie the Elephant by the Toy Dolls from a 1950s song is now going to be worming in my ear all day, thanks!

J.J. Jones Exposition

I recall Johnny J. Jones Exposition Shows. It was a railroad carnival show, not a circus, and had many Canadian playdates with Winnipeg as one of their favorite spots. J.J. Jones Shows were still going strong well into the 1950's ... thanks from an ex-carny.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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