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Jumbo the Elephant after his death in St. Thomas, Ontario, 1885

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ron Payne Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Accession Number
2010-37
Storage Location
R12 S1 Sh2 B4 F12 27
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ron Payne Collection
Creator
Scott Studio
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2010-37
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R12 S1 Sh2 B4 F12 27
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Series
Ron Payne Collection - Photographs series
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 25.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photographic copy print of a Scott Studio image showing Jumbo, a P.T. Barnum circus elephant killed by a train in St. Thomas, Ontario on September 15, 1885.
Images

Grand Trunk Photos 1880s

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Railway Museum
Date Range From
1880s
Artifact Type
Black and white photos
Material
Photograph paper
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Railway Museum
Collection
Mackin Collection
Artifact Type
Black and white photos
Description
A) shows Grand Trunk Engine #367 with a number of crew men standing by engine cab on station platform. B) shows Grand Trunk Engine #370 with four crew standing to the sides, one crew member standing on engine front, one crew member seated on front of engine. Per donor, he is Edwin John Hicks who was on the train that hit Jumbo.
Material
Photograph paper
Condition Information
Reprinted photos, clear picture.
Category
Communication
Sub-category
Visual
Subject of Image
Jumbo the Elephant
Accession Number
2018-53-1a/b
File Number
2018-53
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7-C-2 Grand Trunk Old.
Date Range From
1880s
Length
25.8
Width
20.8
Units
cm
Item History
From P. Macklin - donor

The train that killed Jumbo

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Public Library Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1885
Accession Number
2018-07
Storage Location
M2 S1 Sh1 B1 F2 158
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Public Library Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2018-07
Storage Room
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
M2 S1 Sh1 B1 F2 158
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1885
Series
St. Thomas Public Library Collection- A Pictorial History of St. Thomas, Volume Two series
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16.5 cm
Scope and Content
The train that killed Jumbo, ca. 1885.
Name Access
Jumbo the Elephant
Subject Access
Railways
Images

Jumbo, shortly after he was killed by a train

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Public Library Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
Setpember 15, 1885
Accession Number
2018-07
Storage Location
M2 S1 Sh1 B1 F2 159
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Public Library Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2018-07
Storage Room
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
M2 S1 Sh1 B1 F2 159
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
Setpember 15, 1885
Series
St. Thomas Public Library Collection- A Pictorial History of St. Thomas, Volume Two series
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16.5 cm
Scope and Content
Jumbo, shortly after he was killed by a train, September 15, 1885.
Name Access
Jumbo the Elephant
Subject Access
Railways
Images

Jumbo after being hit by a locomotive on September 15, 1885, in St. Thomas

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
McKay family/ Kenneth Weir McKay fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1885
Accession Number
2018-56
Storage Location
C10 Sh2 B3 F22 1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
McKay family/ Kenneth Weir McKay fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2018-56
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
C10 Sh2 B3 F22 1
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
1885
Publication
Posted on Facebook: September 9, 2020.
Series
McKay family/ Kenneth Weir McKay fonds- Photographs series
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia cabinet card ; 10 x 14.5 cm on card 11 x 16.5 cm
Scope and Content
A "souvenir" cabinet card of Jumbo after being hit by a locomotive on September 15, 1885, in St. Thomas. On the reverse of the card, it states: "The Death of Jumbo, Photographed on the Spot, Presented with Compliments of W.R. Jackson, Jeweler. Goldsmith's Hall, 292 Talbot Street. Oddfellows' Block, St. Thomas".
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Jumbo the Elephant
User Comments
Comment by Steve Peters on Facebook in September 2020: "These are quite rare. Have only seen a few over the years. Note the photo has been cropped. The original shows a man on the tender to the right and a young girl in dressed in black on the upper left. Have always been baffled that no one ever identified all the people in the picture. We likely know less than a 1/4".
Images
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Accession Number
2002-20
Storage Location
C4 Sh5 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
P 32
Accession Number
2002-20
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C4 Sh5 B3
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Series
Scott Studio fonds
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 25 cm in mat 25 x 30 cm
Physical Condition
Fair: ripped along edges
History / Biographical
Jumbo, the P.T. Barnum Circus elephant, was struck and killed by a Canada Southern Locomotive on September 15, 1885.
Scope and Content
This photograph is of Jumbo shortly after he was killed. A man is standing beside the body.
Name Access
Hopkins Studio
Scott-Sefton Studio
Jumbo the Elephant
Images
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Accession Number
2002-20
Storage Location
C4 Sh5 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
P 31
Accession Number
2002-20
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C4 Sh5 B3
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
September 15, 1885
Series
Scott Studio fonds
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 19 x 25 cm in mat 30 x 35 cm.
(There is also a close-up duplicate in the same box)
History / Biographical
Jumbo, the P.T. Barnum Circus elephant, was struck and killed by a Canada Southern Locomotive on September 15, 1885.
Scope and Content
This photograph is of Jumbo shortly after he was killed. He is surrounded by a group of people, and a locomotive is parked on the tracks behind the body.
-To the left of Jumbo in the photograph is Edgar H. Flach.
-In front of Jumbo is a Grand Trunk Railway official.
-Beside Jumbo's head is Matthew Scott.
-Third row from back of photograph, fifth from left- probably George Cosens.
-The sixth person from the right is possibly the uncle of George Henry Robbins.
-The eighth person from the right is identified as George Henry Robbins.
Name Access
Hopkins Studio
Scott-Sefton Studio
Jumbo the Elephant
Images

Jumbo - Killed September 15, 1885 - St. Thomas

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1885-1985
Accession Number
2008-01
Storage Location
R4 S6 Sh5 B2 F13
the ties were broken and the elephant, now so grotesquely famous, was transported to the docks. So Jumbo
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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds
Creator
St. Thomas Times-Journal
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
2008-01
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
R4 S6 Sh5 B2 F13
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1885-1985
Publication
13e was posted on Facebook: March 17, 2021.
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 19.2 x 23.8 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.2 x 14.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.1 x 22.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.5 x 9.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 14.6 x 14.2 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.5 x 10.9 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 19.2 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 13.9 x 11.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 10.7 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 16.6 x 24.1 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.6 x 14.8 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 16 cm
18 p. textual records
Scope and Content
One black and white copy of a photograph taken on September 15, 1885 on the occasion of Jumbo's death; frequently republished. (13a)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975. (13b)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975, with caption:
"Big top burns - The P.T. Barnum Hall at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., burns early Monday, destroying Barnum circus memor[a]bilia in the 91-year-old building built with funds provided by the showman. Included in the loss is the preserved remains of Jumbo the elephant." (13c)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published April 15, 1975, and republished ca. 1980 with caption:
"Legend grew in death - Probably the legend of Jumbo grew far more in death than it did during the elephant's life time and much of this can be attributed to the razzle-dazzle circus promoter P.T. Barnum. After the elephant's death in St. Thomas in 1885, Barnum had Jumbo stuffed. He was later on display at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., until he became a fire casualty in 1975." (13d)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca.1977. John Kinnear is likely presenting the Elgin County Pioneer Museum with the copy of the "Remember Jumbo" painting that the Elgin County Museum still has in their collection. (13e). From left to right are: Mrs. Marguerite Young, Secretary-Treasurer, Elgin County Pioneer Museum; unidentified, unidentified; John Kinnear (artist), and St. Thomas City Councillor Janet Golding.
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 18, 1977. (13f)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 16, 1977, with caption:
"Plaque to memory of Jumbo unveiled - George Lang, authority on Jumbo memorabilia, and his granddaughter, Sheila Smith, standing in front of the Ontario Heritage Foundation plaque dedicated to the memory of Jumbo, unveiled the plaque[.] The 13,000-pound African elephant was killed in St. Thomas on September 15, 1885 when struck by a locomotive. The plaque was unveiled Friday during a ceremony at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum sponsored by the University Women's Club of St. Thomas. Attending the ceremony were Mrs. Jill Green, president of the club; Mrs. Marguerite Young, secretary-treasurer of the museum; Bill Haight, persident of the Elgin Historical Society; Cliff Barwick, mayor of St, Thomas; Dave Cook, Warden of Elgin County; Ron McNeil, Elgin MPP; John Wise, Elgin MP, and R. Alan Douglas, Ontario Heritage Foundation representative. Richard Glover, a retired history professor from Carleton University, spoke on the historical background of Jumbo at the ceremony. The plaque was dedicated by Rev. R.K. Farrell." (13g)
One black and white photograph taken of the cover of the book "Jumbo 1883-1983" by Andrew Phillips. (13h)
One black and white photograph taken of an illustration in the book "Jumbo 1883-1983". (13i)
One black and white photograph of conceptual art for the statue of Jumbo, 1985. (13j)
One black and white photograph of conceputal art for the statue of Jumbo, 1985. (13k)
One black and white photograph of miniature version of Jumbo statue used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca. 1985. (13l)
One photocopy of a black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published 1985, with caption:
"Jumbo recreated - Jumbo, killed in a freak train accident at St. Thomas, Ont., 100 years ago, has been immortalized by animal sculptor Winston Bronnum of Sussex, N.B. The lifelike 40-ton statue is separated at the knees by crane and hydraulic life to begin its journey back to St. Thomas where it will become a landmark overlooking the town.The $70,000 work was commissioned by the town's Kiwanis Club." (13m)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, 1935, "Barnum Ballyhoo Made Jumbo Famous on Two Continents". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13a)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, August 1, 1952, "Jumbo, Killed Here in 1885, Was Not World's Biggest Elephant, Records Show". 3 copies. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13b)
Photocopy of article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 15, 1955, "Tragic Death of Jumbo In St. Thomas Occurred Seventy Years Ago Tonight". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13c)
Article, Weekend Magazine, December 22, 1973, "The Towering Monarch Of His Mighty Race, Whose Like The World Will Never See Again". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13d)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal (?), April 14, 1975, "Remains of Jumbo destroyed in fire". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13e)
Article, Medford Daily Mercury, April 14, 1975, "$2 Million Tufts Fire Damage; P.T. Barnum's 'Jumbo' Destroyed". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13f)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 15, 1975, "Jumbo was most prized exhibit at Medford, Mass. university". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13g)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 17,1977, "Death of P.T. Barnum's Jumbo is recalled". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13h)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca. 1977, "Commemorating the legendary Jumbo". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13i)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 9, 1978, "Elephant's death brought city fame". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13j)
Article, Reader's Digest, 1982, "Jumbo, the World's Most Beloved Animal". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13k)
Press Release, Super Circus International 1984 Program Highlights. (R4_S6__Sh5_B2_F13l)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 1985, "By George!" (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13m)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca. 1985, "Stardom as much as fate brought about the death of the world's largest captive elephant in 1885". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13n)
Typewritten article, intended for St. Thomas Times-Journal, ca.1985, "A 1921 account of the death of Jumbo sugests the giant elephant was killed because of the negligence of a young boy". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13o)
Typewritten poem, "Jumbo", by W.R. Lundy of Peterborough, on the occasion of the statue of Jumbo being erected in St. Thomas, received by the St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 10, 1985. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13p)
Handwritten poem, "Jumbo's Home Again", signed WBBB, written on the occasion of the statue of Jumbo being erected in St. Thomas. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13q)
Photocopy of handwritten "Elephant Soup" parody recipe, date and writer unknown. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F13r)
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
St. Thomas Times-Journal
Jumbo the Elephant
Subject Access
Newspapers
Jumbo
Circus
Historic Plaques
Images
Documents

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