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Rosie the circus elephant, c 1938.


Rosie the circus elephant, c 1938.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


A photograph of a circus elephant named Rosie, surrounded by a crowd of excited children, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper. Rosie was part of a circus show taking place at the Coliseum Theatre in London. Mr Lupino Lane is mentioned on the reverse of the photograph - he may have been circus owner or a performer alongside Rosie. Lane (1892-1959), born Henry George Lupino, was a member of the extensive Lupino family of circus performers, acrobats and actors. Having starred in stage shows and a number of films, he was well known in London's West End - probably helping to pull in large audiences. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.

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