Artefact of the month - September 2012 Historic photographs
Historic photographs selected by John Edwards, author of London Zoo from Old Photographs 1852-1914 (second edition, ISBN 9780952709916)
To celebrate the new, expanded second edition of London Zoo from Old Photographs 1852-1914 we are featuring 12 of John Edwards favourite photographs from ZSL's collections. The new, second edition will soon be available to purchase in the Gift Shop at ZSL London Zoo.
Meanwhile on 21 September a special photography exhibition will open at ZSL London Zoo displaying the winning entries from the Animal Photography Prize 2012.
John will be publishing a sequel to London Zoo from Old Photographs 1852-1914 so please keep an eye out for publication details.
Update - November 2012
John's book has been published and is available from ZSL's Gift Shops and ZSL Library. It can be ordered online from ZSL's Online Shop
John will be signing copies of his book in the Gift Shop at ZSL London Zoo on Saturday 8th and 15th December between 2 and 3pm Book of Zoo photographs launched with signings
Meanwhile please do enjoy this sample of photographs selected by John.
Jumbo, bull African Elephant, probably March 1882.
Almost certainly taken shortly before Jumbo was sent away after his sale to P.T. Barnum, the American circus proprietor. His keeper, Matthew Scott (who went with him) is standing under Jumbo’s mouth, while Abraham Bartlett, the Superintendent, is on the other side of Jumbo’s trunk. Barnum’s elephant handler, Bill Newman holds the basket and Clarence Bartlett, the Assistant Superintendent is on the extreme left.
Thylacine. Photograph by F.W. Bond, about 1926.
This female which died in 1931 was the last of the twenty specimens exhibited at London Zoo and the last to be exhibited anywhere outside Australia.
Thylacine numbers had been dwindling for at least half a century by the time the last known specimen died in Hobart Zoo in 1936.
Please note that members of the public are welcome to visit and use ZSL Library but both photographic ID and proof of address will be required on your first visit. Appointments are not normally necessary but they are needed to view historic photographs as they are part of our special collections Library Regulations for Special Collections (96 KB)