Purdy, Welch & Co in United States

Purdy, Welch & Co
Local name Purdy, Welch and Macomber Zoological Institute

Owner 1833-1834: Rufus Welch
1833-1835: Zebedee Macomber
1833-1835: Eisenhart Purdy
Closed down1835
Country United States


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Purdy, Welch & Co, United States , was founded in 1833. Purdy, Welch & Co closed down in 1835.

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Records about Purdy, Welch & Co from A History of the Traveling Menagerie at https://classic.circushistory.org/Thayer/Thayer2b.htm
1832: The Purdy, Welch, Finch & Wright menagerie of 1832 (23), became Purdy, Welch & Co. in 1833. We believe Zebedee Macomber was a partner in this firm, though, as we mentioned, he was in Africa in 1832.

The Purdy, Welch & Co. caravan of 1833 was a very large one, viz: elephant Caroline, two leopards, lioness, two tigers, hyena, alpaca, African porcupine, two camels, two ichneumons, gazelle, young lion, two ostriches, zebra, llama, jaguar, polar bear, and panther.

Stuart Thayer, A History of the Traveling Menagerie

1835: In 1835, the menagerie became part of The Zoological Institute.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Purdy, Welch & Co, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=2335. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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