Friday, August 12, 2005

Sells-Floto Circus 1920/ Snyder's hind leg walk

This is the Floto Show appearing at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln, quite a crowd. The elephant man is Henry Boucher and the "Elephant Empress" is Blanche Wells.
Not long after this picture was taken, "Snyder" attacked another male "Floto" while the show was playing Salina, Kansas, continued on a lenghty rampage around the lot and unfortunately
met the same fate as "Hero".


Anonymous said...

Snyder's skull and skeleton
were once thought lost for many
year,until the late 1960's
when they were found in a store room in the stadium of the college in Salina Kansas.
The skull(sawed in half)
and some of the bones can cuurently be seen on exhibit at the Smokey Hill Museum
in Salina Kansas.(at least
thats what they say,there are a lot of elephant skeleton's in the various collections in the universities and museum's across the U.S.A.,Im not sure if anyone identified the specimen at the Smokey Hill Museum,as to its age and gender from the skull and bones)Snyder the elephant I read somewhere was about 30 years old when he was killed in Salina in the early 1920's.

Anonymous said...

Some intersting trivia
to think while looking at this phot,For the finale Lucia Zora while while standing on the tusks of Snyder as he walked around the Hippodrome track on his hind legs,the band played the tune of"The Gladiator".

Buckles said...

In 1978-79 with the Ringling Show, we opened with an elephant long mount and aftrerward as elephants and circus company members exited the arena Bill Pryun played "Gladiator". A great march written by John Philip Sousa. Today MTV provides all Ringling music.