Friday, July 13, 2007

Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1937 #1 (From Bill Strong)

#23 enhanced, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

As some of you may know, Bill Strong is active in eBay sales and is kind enough to allow many of his pictures to be shown on this Blog.
In this case he has been commissioned by Barbara Bailey to sell her late husband's collection (Buster Bailey).
One of the scrap books included these pictures (27 in all) dated 1937 and shows these back yard shots. I'm pretty sure the lady is Marion Knowlton.

The square headed elephant shown in most of the pictures is "Lizzie" (reminds me a lot of "Anna May"), the head-carry elephant is "Blanche". These were Cheerful Gardner's two key elephants starting in 1923 when he joined the Corporation's John Robinson Circus until they were taken away to the Ringling Show in 1939.

Unfortunately both died the same day 11/5/41 in Atlanta, Ga. as a result of the poisoning that cost the Ringling Show 11 elephants.


Anonymous said...

Buckles, the poisoning the killed 11 elephants, was it intentional or accidental? Wade Burck

Buckles said...

Like the Hartford fire, there were many theories but the one that made the most sense to me was that the foliage in the area where the train was unloaded had been sprayed with DDT or an equivalent.
Five elephants dropped dead within hours after reaching the lot.

Anonymous said...

Another theory I heard was that some factory in the area had arsenic in the smokestack discharge and that it covered the weeds the the bulls got into.