Sunday, May 14, 2006

Perl Souder #1

The Ringlings got their first elephants in 1888 "Babe" and "Fannie" (an African) and they walked overland but by the time Edouard "Perl" Souder took over the herd in 1894 the show moved on 39 railroad cars with 3 more ahead and carried 8 elephants.
Two years later the herd ballooned up to 23 and included the five Lockhart elephants from England which the Ringlings later bought and Souder worked for many years.

The barns in the background remain the same today at the Circus World Museum.