Wilhelm Philadelphia

From the list of elephant persons Family: Philadelphia

Wilhelm Philadelphia
Profession circus elephant trainer
Personal details
Born 1854 in Germany
Dead 1921-04-28 in Germany
Country Germany

Work locations
Title chief elephant trainer 1921-1921
Location at Circus Sarrasani in Germany

Title elephant trainer 1903-1904
Location at Hagenbeck Animal Show at St. Louis Worlds Fair in United States

Title chief elephant trainer-1921
Location at Circus Carl Hagenbeck-Stellingen in Germany

Title elephant head-keeper
Location at Carl Hagenbecks Tierpark (Stellingen) in Germany

Relevant literature
Biography details

Wilhelm "William" Philadelphia , circus elephant trainer in Germany

Born 1854 in Germany dead 1921-04-28 in Germany , son of animal trainer Alexander Philadelphia and wife Josepha Philadelphia .

1892: Two of Wilhelm Hagenbeck's early key collaborators were the aforementioned Julius Seeth, and Wilhelm Philadelphia (1854-1921), Carl Krone Junior's uncle.

While in Hamburg, Carl Krone Junior entered in contact with them, and learned about Hagenbeck’s last sensational creation: The riding lion. Philadelpia and Seeth had trained a young lion to ride a horse around the ring. This attraction, documented for the first time in 1889 when it appeared at Paris' Hippodrome de l'Alma, was probably the principal reason for one of circus history's major technical innovations: the circular cage made of removable panels, developed by the Hagenbecks. The riding lion became all the rage in the industry: In a few years, Wilhelm Hagenbeck was able to deliver twelve different versions of the act in Europe, U.S.A. and Australia.

1921-04-28: Rosa, the cow elephant on Circus Sarrasani, crushed the trainer Wilhelm Philadelphia to death on the wall of her box at the Sarrasani Circus in Berlin, 1921.

Siblings

Siblings through the father Alexander Philadelphia (1811-):

  1. Friederike Philadelphia

Wilhelm Philadelphias ancestral Ahnentafel:

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Wilhelm Philadelphia
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Born: 1811

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Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). elephant trainer Josepha Philadelphia in Germany. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 19 May 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=138. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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