Manders Menagerie

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    These two caravans were part of the Manders Menagerie travelling show. Here we can see a beautifully decorated caravan labelled G.Manders, alongside which stands a 'Birds Beasts and Reptiles' van.

    Accession: 944-2952

    The images have been selected from the Arthur J Fenwick collection of circus material.
    Arthur James Fenwick (1878-1957) was a director of Fenwick's Department Store. In his personal life he was extremely interested in fairs and circuses, collecting historical material about them and building personal relationships with showmen who visited Newcastle. He was made a life member of the Showmen's Guild in 1944.

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    1. Muffin Days 21 months ago | reply

      This is a particularly happy discovery for me as it shows my mother, Nancy Manders, with one of her younger brothers, probably William in front of my grandfather George Manders` living wagon. George along with brothers Albert, Joseph and sister Ellen traveled Manders Grand Star Menagerie from about 1912 to the early 1930s. Their parents Joseph and Ellen Manders had created the menagerie in the latter part of the 19th Century after the demise/sale of William Manders Grand National Star Menagerie. We have very few photographs from that time, so this is an amazing find.

    2. LuckyLady777 19 months ago | reply

      Do you know that there is a Book , Called Manders Menagerie , with lots of photo’s in it , you can buy it on Ebay , or Amazon .

    3. Muffin Days 10 months ago | reply

      Yes... I do have it and it is a wonderful archive of the Manders family shows and menageries. The author was able to use excerpts from the short biography of my mother's childhood that I wrote for her in the section devoted to Manders Grand Star Menagerie.... so pleased about that :)

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