Blanche an Asian elephant at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

 ☨ ♀ Blanche  



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

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1939-00-00Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
from Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus 1925-00-00
from John Robinson Circus
John Robinson Circus 1917-00-00
from Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers)
Howes Great London Circus (Mugivan and Bowers) 1911-00-00
from Mike Glasscock

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† Blanche is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, in United States, of disease in 1941-11-05. Official death reason described as poison. (see detailed list).


Blanche was born wild .

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

"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 listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Blanche, an Asian elephant at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 April 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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