Tusks from Fénykövi Elephant Removed

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Frank Greenwell removes the 7-foot tusks of the Fénykövi elephant for restoration. The tusks were made of celluloid cast from the original 90-lb. ivory tusks that were too heavy to be part of the exhibit. They were replaced with fiberglass tusks.


  • Fénykövi Elephant
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," May 1983, p. 4.
  • The TORCH article notes that Fénykövi donated the elephant to the museum in 1953. However, according to the Smithsonian Institution's Annual Reports, the elephant was not accessioned by the museum until 1958.

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




  • Animals
  • Restoration
  • Exhibitions
  • Elephants

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