History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

12 June, 2013

At the Zoo

This blog already has a few zoo posts, but, well, old photos of animals are a weakness of mine. An assortment of zoos, their animals, their visitors, and their keepers. 

From the 1850s-1960s. 

National Media Museum

A sea lion and keeper, 1898. Source

Library of Congress

Feeding a hippo at the Central Park Zoo, ca. 1910. Source

Nina Leen, LIFE © Time Inc.

An elephant stretches for a visitor's food at the Bronx Zoo, 1956. Source

Allan Grant, LIFE © Time Inc.

A boy plays with a baby orangutan [the caption says "monkey"--no, it is an ape!] at the children's zoo in San Diego, 1959 (see also this post on children's zoos!). Source

George Skadding, LIFE © Time Inc.

A zookeeper feeding a baby monkey at the National Zoo in Washington DC, 1945. Source

Library of Congress

Children at the zoo, NYC, ca. 1910. Source

National Library of Ireland

A keeper holds a lion cub at the Dublin Zoo, ca. 1936. Source

Field Museum Library

A man and a zebra, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, ca. 1900. Source

State Library of New South Wales

A man has his photo taken with a an orangutan, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia, about 1916. Source

Wallace Kirkland, LIFE © Time Inc.

An orangutan takes a cigar from the pocket of the zoo director, St. Louis, MO, 1950. Source

Loomis Dean, LIFE © Time Inc.

Writer and naturalist Gerald Durell pets a tapir in his private zoo, Jersey, Channel Islands, 1961. Source

Robert W. Kelley, LIFE © Time Inc.

Orphaned baby rhino Beulah and the zoo keeper who is hand-raising her, Detroit, 1964. Source

Australian National Maritime Museum

A seal in a zoo pond, England. Source

Nationaal Archief

Feeding a bottle to a baby... antelope of some kind? Wildebeest? Amsterdam's zoo Artis, 1961. Source

National Library of Wales

A boy with lion cubs, Clifton Zoological Gardens in Swansea, Wales, 1854. Source

personal collection

A little boy regarding a bear at the zoo, ca. 1910. Personal collection. 

Wallace Kirkland, LIFE © Time Inc.

A zookeeper pours a beer for a gorilla (it was a different time!) at the St. Louis Zoo, 1954. Source

George Silk, LIFE © Time Inc.

Feeding an elephant, NYC, 1951. Source

National Library of Ireland

A peacock hanging out near the Herbivore House, Dublin, 1936. Source

State Library of New South Wales

A baby elephant at the Taronga Zoo, ca. 1925-ca.1945, photographed by Sam Hood. Source

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Ana said...

You post and I melt c: .

Jean-Michel Abrassart said...

It's not George Durell, but Gerald Durrell.

Anna said...

Thank you for the correction--the caption even has it right, I don't know what happened in my brain! Fixed.

And Ana, so glad you love the cute animal posts just as much as me! I can never resist. :)

Americangirl2929 said...

Ahh, the good old days :)

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