Circus Franz Althoff in Germany


Circus Franz Althoff
Franz Althoff with elephants during tour with Circus Scott in 1961. Photo © <a href="http://toledo.araks.se/1961.htm">E. Andersson</a>
Franz Althoff with elephants during tour with Circus Scott in 1961. Photo © E. Andersson

Typecircus

Owner 1939-1987: Franz Althoff Sr.
Founded1939
Last elephant left1968
Closed down1968
Place Maintal-Dörnigheim
Region Hesse
Country Germany

Directors 1936-1939: Carola Williams (director)

Key People -: Harry Althoff (animal trainer)
-: Harry Althoff (assistant director)
-: Gina Althoff (artist)
-: Jeanette Schröer (animal trainer)
-: Maud Lorch (animal trainer)
-: Henry Fröchte (animal trainer)
-1969: Henry Schroer (animal trainer)
1948: Sophie Althoff (artist)
1965-1966: Banda Vidane (animal trainer)

Veterinarians

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Bob Fröchte
(elephant trainer)

Elephant keepers -: Fatima Althoff



Relevant literature
Description

Circus Franz Althoff, in Maintal-Dörnigheim, Germany , was founded in 1939. The last elephant left in 1968. Circus Franz Althoff closed down in 1968 in Maintal-Dörnigheim, .


Comments / picturesFounded by Franz Althoff (1908-1987), son of Dominik Althoff and father to Harry Althoff und Franziska Althoff (married to Amedeo Folco) .

1936 Dominik transmitted the direction to Carola Althoff and Franz Althoff Jr.

1939 Carola Althoff joined Harry Williams (whom she married 1941, they established Circus Willams in 1946) and left the family circus, which was renamed to Circus Franz Althoff with Franz as sole owner.

Circus Franz Althoff in Germany Germany
1950: One of the most famous elephants was Tuffi. Tuffi was 21 of Juli 1950 in the german town Wuppertal brought into Wuppertal Floating Train by her owner Franz Althoff, together with his children Harry and Franseska Althoff, and photographers. Tuffi panicked and broke the glass panes of the moving coach and landed in the Wupper River. According to Franz Althoffs son, Harry Allthoff, Tuffy was scared by the photographers, wo were Fighting for positions in order to get the best photo. None of them took a photo of her fall, though. Fortunately, Tuffi was only slightly injured. She went with trams later, and made no problems by train transporting.

1968 Tuffy was sold to Circus Arlette Gruss.
1951: Franz Althoff had 13 elephants.
1953-1954: Franz Althoff is touring with 3 rings with Circus Scott in Sweden. (15-16 elephants?)
1961: Franz Althoff is touring with with Circus Scott again.

References for records about Circus Franz Althoff

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Circus Franz Althoff, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=105. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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