Dunk and Gold Dust Out for a Walk with Kepper Blackburne

ID: SIA2008-0942 or 60820


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1898

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 47, Folder: 13

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William Blackburne, keeper at the National Zoological Park leads the zoo's first elephants Dunk (right) and Gold Dust (left), who are tied together with a chain. Blackburne has a lead stick in his hand. There is a inscription in the bottom right corner that reads: "Negative by D A Klapp 1898." The bottom of the images has some wear.


  • 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 2003-19538 and SIA2011-1032.
  • The photograph was likely taking during one of the walks the Asian elephants took to Rock Creek to bathe.
  • The animals were given to the park by James E. Cooper, owner of the Adam Forepaugh Shows, a local menagerie.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 47, Folder: 13

Contact information

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



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


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid
  • Animal, candid

ID Number

SIA2008-0942 or 60820

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Animal, Candid; Person, Candid; Medium: Photographic Print

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