Vintage 1940 Dust Bowl Era Circus Elephant Shot Dead Rifles Photo

$450.00

Likely their legal solution to a stampeding elephant, the men with rifles proudly stand atop the dead body. Their dress suggests that left are the Circus owners and right is law enforcement. Roustabouts and children (only boys and men) appear in a state of confusion, many with faces turned away. Striped tent awning balled up at the animal’s feet and a...

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Likely their legal solution to a stampeding elephant, the men with rifles proudly stand atop the dead body. Their dress suggests that left are the Circus owners and right is law enforcement. Roustabouts and children (only boys and men) appear in a state of confusion, many with faces turned away. Striped tent awning balled up at the animal’s feet and a CAMEL in the background. An uncomfortable image, but important addition to the history of (exotic) performing animals and traveling shows. Dated Christmas Eve, 1940. 

Measures 8.5 x 11” on trimmed mount, very good condition lifting at edges with corner chips.