"The First Bull Elephant" 1909

ID: SIA RU007179 [SIA2009-0288]

Creator: Cunningham, R. J

Form/Genre: Gelatin silver prints

Date: 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7179, Image No. SIA2009-0288

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Just after President Theodore Roosevelt's second term ended in March 1909, the eminent big-game hunter set sail for British East Africa, serving as the commander of an expedition to obtain specimens for the Smithsonian Institution. In this image the team's photographers captured Roosevelt with a dead bull elephant, further enhancing the outdoorsman's already rugged image. The expedition's specimens were put on display in the Smithsonian's new museum of natural history the following year.


Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919


Also known as: RU 7179 Box 2 Folder 13, 98-371 [SPI_536]

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7179, Image No. SIA2009-0288

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SIA RU007179 [SIA2009-0288]

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3.5" x 5.8" Gelatin silver prints

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