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Vintage photos of:
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.
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.
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.