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Hagenbeck-Wallace Trained Wild Animal Circus

File name: 09_03_000024


Title: Hagenbeck-Wallace Trained Wild Animal Circus




Created/Published: Central Ptg. and Illinois Lith Company, Chicago


Date created: 1930


Physical description: chromolithograph


Summary: Carl Hagenbeck was an internationally-known German animal dealer and trainer who promoted humane treatment of animals with the goal of demonstrating that beatings and other punishment used in animal training were cruel and unnecessary. The Hagenbeck system gradually replaced harsher training methods used in circuses in Europe and North America.


Hagenbeck sold his traveling animal show to Benjamin Wallace in 1906, and the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus was the second largest circus in America in the early decades of the 20th century. Red Skelton performed with this circus as a teenager, and Emmett Kelly got his start as “Weary Willy” during the Great Depression.


Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department


Rights: Rights status not evaluated.


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