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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Animals

Kids These Days: 1904

Kids These Days: 1904

New York, 1904. "Goat carriages in Central Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Elephant Boy: 1927

The Elephant Boy: 1927

August 1927. Winchester, Virginia. "Boy on elephant." View full size.

YOUNGSTERS APPLAUD EDUCATED ELEPHANT
AT SHENANDOAH VALLEY FAIR

        Tillie, the elephant who says "Papa" when her trainer speaks to her, was the hit of the afternoon. The talented pachyderm is one of a troupe of five performing elephants whose daily stunts will be one of the big features of this year's fair in Winchester. According to Dan Noonan, her trainer, Tillie is more than 100 years old. Her act was received with great applause.

 

Alice Under Control: 1908

Alice Under Control: 1908

New York, 1908. "The end of the rampage -- 'Alice' under control, and thinking it over. Two zookeepers with restrained elephant lying on the ground after running free around the New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo)." Gelatin silver print from the William Temple Hornaday papers, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Thoroughly Modern: 1922

Thoroughly Modern: 1922

July 1922. Washington, D.C. "Snapped at the Tidal Basin: Mildred Kapleck with her pet opossum, the latest novelty introduced at the bathing beach." Harris & Ewing glass negative for The Washington Post. View full size.

 

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

        "This morning at 10, the Happy Homemaker shares her favorite elephant recipes."

Los Angeles, 1954. "Betty White with elephant on her daytime TV show." 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy Publicity Department archive. View full size.

 

Predator: 1923

Predator: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Mrs. Denby and kids at zoo." Say, don't I know you from back home? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

California Girls: 1919

California Girls: 1919

San Francisco or thereabouts circa 1919. "Chalmers touring car." At what seems to be a deluxe cow barn. 6½ x 8½ Wyland Stanley glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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