Charles Jamrach menagerie, located at Ratcliffe Highway, Stepney, in London, in United Kingdom, was founded in 1840. Charles Jamrach menagerie closed down in 1919.
Johann Christian Carl (Charles) Jamrach (1815-1891) was an important animal dealer in Europe. Charles Jamrach was born as son to Jacob Gotthold Jamrach (1792-1860) in Memel, Germany in 1815, dead 1891-09-06.
He moved to England with his father, and inherited the business from his father, who was an animal dealer in Antwerp and London.
Charles traded from 1840-1891 but the business may have dated back to 1791. Most of the larger animals were kept at Betts Street.
Jamrach was married three times, first to Mary Athanasio; then to Ellen Downing; and finally to Clara Salter.
Two of his sons, William and Albert Edward, also became dealers in wild animals.
Charles Jamrach died in Bow, London. The business prospered for some time, but became difficult during the First World War. After Albert died in 1917, the firm went out of business in 1919.
Mark Twain records how P T Barnum the circus owner purchased elephants from Charles Jamrach. Jamrach had agreed to ship 18 elephants to New York for $360,000. Barnum agreed on condition that one of the elephants should be Jumbo, London Zoos most famous exhibit. When this was deemed impossible, Barnum went ahead and bought the then neglected Shakespeares house, intending to ship it to the States. The uproar was so great that he agreed to desist only on condition that he could have Jumbo and reluctantly the bargain was struck. (Following the Equator by Mark Twain)
1865: following a devastating fire at P.T Barnum’s Circus (in 1864?), it was Jamrach’s Menagerie who was responsible in restocking it with animals??
1868: Bought 2 african elephants imported by austrian animal dealer Lorenzo Casanova.
1871: Jamrach returned from India with elephants and other animals, which was sold to Carl Hagenbeck.
1875: 4 young elephants according to Rev Harry Jones (Smith, Elder & Co 1875)