Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Blanche  dead elephant



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 1941-11-05
Death reason: disease: poison
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in United States

Date of arrival

1939-00-00Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

1925-00-00Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
from John Robinson Circus

1917-00-00John Robinson Circus
from Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)

1911-00-00Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)
from Mike Glasscock

Record history
History of updates2009-01-11: Previous locations, Text, Source
2009-03-16: Text
2010-04-24: prev locations.
2013-04-18: text
2022-05-16: Born in Asia

Latest document update2022-05-16 04:10:05
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† Blanche is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1941-11-05 at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in United States, . Official death reason described as poison.


Blanche was born wild at Asia unspecified location.

Comments / pictures

Records about Blanche from Bob Cline

Female Asian 1910 to 1913 - Mike Glasscock's Act
1914 to 1916 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1917 to 1924 - John Robinson Circus
1925 to 1938 - Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
1939 to 1941 - RBBB
Died 1941-in Atlanta Poisoning

Bob Cline, author of the book "Americas elephants".

"Mike Glasscock had a comedy act of 4 elephants. According to one article in Billboard, one was a very small baby in 1910. The act stayed together through 1913 but where the elephants went after that, I dont know because Blanche is the only name I have uncovered. I know she went to Hagenbeck - Wallace." //Bob Cline

"The head carry was never high on my, tricks to train, list. It always seemed to me to belong in the "Dare Devil" category like "The man with the uncrushable skull". A lot of people did it tho, I have almost a dozen pictures of different men giving it a shot. Most notable was Cheerful Gardner with Hagenbeck-Wallace, "Blanche" would carry him down the track swinging his body from side to side in about a 90 degree arc, hence "The Human Pendulum."
Cheerful Gardner and "Blanche" (Hagenbeck-Wallace), Buckles Web Log, 2006-07-26

"The square headed elephant shown in most of the pictures is "Lizzie" (reminds me a lot of "Anna May"), the head-carry elephant is "Blanche". These were Cheerful Gardners two key elephants starting in 1923 when he joined the Corporations John Robinson Circus until they were taken away to the Ringling Show in 1939. Unfortunately both died the same day 11/5/41 in Atlanta, Ga. as a result of the poisoning that cost the Ringling Show 11 elephants."
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1937 #1 (From Bill Strong), Buckles Web Log, 2007-07-13
Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Blanche, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 5 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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