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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

Animals

Catch O' the Day: 1905

Catch O' the Day: 1905

Circa 1905. "Lower St. Regis Lake, Paul Smith's Hotel, Adirondack Mountains, N.Y." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Chamber: 195x

The Chamber: 195x

From the Library of Congress archive comes this orphan image, circa 1953, with no caption or other identifying information. What could this young man who looks like one of Captain Video's ranger cadets be up to? View full size.

 

Elephant Bank: 1924

Elephant Bank: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Charlie Becker, midget trainer with Singer's Midgets, walked the smallest elephant of his troupe to Merchant's Bank, and made a deposit for Keith's Theatre. The elephant delivered the money satchel directly to the receiving teller." This was of course a less enlightened era, decades before the advent of cage-free tellers and free-range banking. View full size.

 

Open Range: 1939

Open Range: 1939

January 1939. "Typical Florida country near Moore Haven." Or should that be Moo Haven? Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

A Clean Sweep: 1922

A Clean Sweep: 1922

August 10, 1922. " 'Jumbino,' the favorite elephant at the National Zoo, has his daily bath and scrubbing. Keeper Charlie Louis getting in the preliminaries with his wire broom before using the hose." 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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