Firma Reiche in United States

Firma Reiche
OwnerCharly Reiche (-1885)
Henry (-1887) and Karl Reiche (-1885)
Last elephant left1909
Closed down1909
Address55 Chatham street
PlaceNew York
CountryUnited States
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Firma Reiche, located at 55 Chatham street, in New York, in United States. The last elephant left in 1909. Firma Reiche closed down in 1909.

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Founded by Charly Reiche (-1885) in Grünenplan, Alfeld. Henry (-1887) and Karl Reich (known in US as Charles Reiche) emmigrated 1884 to New York from Germany and imported animals to Zoos and circuses. From about the 1860s, the prosperity of the Reiche brothers was undoubtedly due to the imports of elephants for circuses in America, mainly P. T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh. (Hoage, Deiss, From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century, page 102, 103)

1860: Charles Reiche returned to Germany, and set up a business close to Hannover.

1866: they imported 3 elephants from Hamburg through Carl Hagenbeck.

Karl Reiche died 1885, Henry 1887.

The company closed in 1909, and the last animals were sold to Firma Ruhe in Alfeld.

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Koehl, Dan (2020). Firma Reiche, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Hoage, Deiss, From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century, page 103

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