Friday, April 18, 2014

Jennier #1


Walter Jennier about 1912 with Downie & Wheeler.

Jennier #2


Jennier #3


I vividly remember this truck from the Wallace Show when one day I was watching Mr. Jennier wash out the tank and said, "I didn't know sea lions pooped!" and he calmly replied "Everybody poops."

Jennier #4


Jennier #5


Jennier #6


This is Walter's brother Roy at the Wash. DC Zoo where he later became Head Keeper.

1946 Sparks #1


In order to maintain the quota I'll toss in these John F. Teague photos identified as Sparks 1946.
I'm sure everyone knows how this show came about, in fact Dom Yodice can probably identify the year the wardrobe was used on the Ringling Show.

1946 Sparks #2


The Sacred Scrolls tell us that the two Ringling elephants were "Pinto" and "Topsy".
John Herriott.....did you ever see an exit sign over the back door?

1946 Sparks #3


OOPS!.......too many elephants here!
......well I tried.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

From Dave Price


Elephant Ballet #1


Elephant Ballet #2


Elephant Ballet #3


Elephant Ballet #4


Elephant Ballet #5


Elephant Ballet #6



"Big Modoc".

Elephant Ballet #7


Elephant Ballet #8


(back cover)

Elephant Ballet #9


This picture taken late in the season indicate the tutus didn't hold up well.

Hugo Quarters #1


Shirley Linderman with "Margaret" and "Tena" 1951.
I got the idea for today's subject from comments I overheard Shirley make back then, saying that as an early teen-ager, she was a member of the Ringling Corps De Ballet in '42 and being the smallest, stood on the very end of the line.

Hugo Quarters #2


The caption under this photo in the K-M Route Book read "Shirley Linderman and Miss Oklahoma".
Which caused Dick McGlaughlin to ask, "Strange name for a hippo, I wonder who the Miss America contestant is?"


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From Eric Beheim


Back around 1975, when Federal and California state agencies were starting to enact laws regarding the owning and exhibiting of wild animals, Bobby Holter, Smokey and Kari Jones and some of the other animal people from the Los Angeles area got together to be interviewed by one of the local LA TV stations to explain their side of the story. Smokey and Kari brought along their little elephant Tika, and Bobby had his tiger GT (which I understand stood for Good Tiger.) Bobby just had GT on a chain and I asked if I could stand next to him and GT for a picture. Instead, he handed me the chain and walked away. Smokey took this picture. Looking back, I now realize that this was one of the more foolish things I did during my life. At the time, I was thrilled beyond belief to be this close to an uncaged tiger. 

Tiger! Tiger! #1


Tiger! Tiger! #2


Tiger! Tiger! #3


Tiger! Tiger! #4


Tiger! Tiger! #5


Tiger! Tiger! #6


Tiger! Tiger! #7


Tiger! Tiger! #8


Tiger! Tiger! #9


Tiger! Tiger! #10


Tiger! Tiger! #11


Tiger! Tiger! #12


Monday, April 14, 2014