Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Washburn & D'Alma's Famous Trained Animal Shows

Here's another really nice piece of artwork found in the New York Clipper on September 8, 1906 on Page 775. This shown was jointly owned by Leon Washburn and Mr. D'Alma. The title was used in 1905 and 1906.
The four baby elephants were Fanchon, Jumbino, Modoc, & Lou. Leon Washburn owned them from 1904 to 1910. Mr. Washburn offered all four elephants to Wm. P. Hall for $6500.00 in 1910 but Hall turned down the offer. He sold all four to James Patterson in the winter of 1910/1911.
In 1912, Lou & Fanchon died of a Mineral Poisoning in Michigan.
Jumbino was sold by Patterson to Andrew Downie where she appearred on his shows and died unexpectedly in 1918.
Modoc went on to great fame when she was the dancing elephant on Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey from 1931 until she passed away in 1957.

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