Dunk and Gold Dust Out for a Walk with a Keeper

ID: NZP-0902

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: c. 1898

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession Number 14-167, Box 11

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Dunk (right) and Gold Dust (left), the National Zoological Park's first elephants, take a walk with one of the zoo's keepers, William Blackburne.


  • Blackburne, William H
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Early History
  • Dunk (Elephant)
  • Gold Dust (Elephant)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • For another image of Dunk and Gold Dust, see Negative Numbers SIA2011-1032 and SIA2008-0942.
  • Image Number 88-10715 is a photographic print copy of this glate plass negative. Image Number NZP-0288 is another version of the same image, but slightly cropped. Image Number 2003-19538 is likely also the same image, but flipped. For other images of Dunk and Gold Dust with their keeper, see Image Number NZP-0288 (which has a copy, Image Number SIA 2011-1032), or SIA2008-0942.
  • The animals were given to the park by James E. Cooper, owner of the Adam Forepaugh Shows, a local menagerie.
  • Dunk and Gold Dust often took walks outside the zoo to bathe in Rock Creek.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession Number 14-167, Box 11

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1898

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  • Asian Elephants
  • Zoo keepers
  • Animals
  • Zoos
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Zoos--Employees


  • Person, candid
  • Animal, candid
  • Glass plate negative

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 3.6 w x 3.3h; Type of Image: Animal; Candid; Medium: Glass plate negative

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