WCS and NYBG Libraries, Bronx Park Postcards

This digital collection brings together postcards held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Library (which houses the archives of the Bronx Zoo) and The New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library. These 454 postcards, which range in date from 1905 to the 1980s, depict Bronx Park's natural beauty and highlight the buildings, landscapes, and inhabitants of the two iconic institutions located on this land.

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"Andy" the orang-utan in the Bronx Zoo
Back caption: "Andy" the orang-utan in the Bronx Zoo / "Andy," a magnificent specimen of adult male Orang-utan, came to the Bronx Zoo when he was a baby. He likes to stare at Zoo visitors and wave at them.
350 lbs. of friendly gorilla in the Bronx Zoo
Back caption: 350 lbs. of friendly gorilla in the Bronx Zoo / "Oka," the big female Lowland Gorilla in the Bronx Zoo, enjoys playing with the keeper who has taken care of her most of her life., Keeper is Mickey Quinn.
African elephant "Kartoum"
Front caption: African elephant "Kartoum" / (largest African elephant in captivity) / New York Zoological Park
Air conditioning for the penguins
Back caption: Air conditioning for the penguins / Bronx Zoo, New York City / King penguins from the Antarctic (the three large birds on the bank) cannot live long in the New York climate without air conditioning. Consequently they have a special building in the Bronx Zoo, with a big swimming pool that is kept at 54 degrees the year 'round. Several other species of Penguins share their pool and at feeding time there is a Penguin carnival in the water.
Amazon waterlilies
Back caption: Amazon waterlilies., Victoria amazonica, provide a dramatic setting for the Palm Court of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, constructed 1899-1902.
American Desert
Back caption: American Desert is one of the major attractions of The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Over one hundred different kinds of desert plants are exhibited in simulations of six ecologically distinct desert areas.
American elk, or wapiti
Back caption: American elk, or wapiti / Western North America / Bronx Zoo American Photography Contest by Max Moskowitz
American wapiti (elk)
Front caption: American wapiti (elk) / Antlers in "velvet" about two months' growth / New York Zoological Park
Audubon Court, from Antelope House, New York Zoological Park
Audubon Court was near the current site of the Carter Giraffe Building.
Autumn at the waterfall
Back caption: Autumn at the waterfall / This cascade is on the Bronx River near the Snuff Mill. Behind the screen of autumnal foliage extends the forty-acre Hemlock Forest, the last virgin woodland in New York City. The site of the New York Botanical Garden was made a National Historic Landmark in 1967.
Baby giant panda given to children of America by Mme. Chiang Kai-shek
Front caption: "Let's pretend" panda picture of toy panda, In 1941, Mme. Chiang Kai-shek offered two baby pandas to United China Relief, which in turn promised them to the Bronx Zoo. The pandas were known as Pan-Dee and Pan-Dah. In addition to funding relief work in China, United China Relief attempted to educate Americans about China and its people..
Barbary ape--Bronx Zoo
Back caption: Barbary ape--Bronx Zoo / This monkey is found in the extreme northern part of Africa and on the Rock of Gibralter. It is the only monkey to be listed from Europe where it was probably introduced to Gibralter by the Moors during their early invasions of Spain. This is a female and her young.
Barnyard at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
Back caption: Barnyard at the Farm-in-the-Zoo / New York Zoological Park, The Farm in the Zoo was near the current site of the Bronx River Parking Lot.
Big bathtub
Back caption: New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) / The big bathtub / Polar Bears in the Bronx Zoo seem to enjoy summer weather, for they have a huge swimming pool for use on hot days.
Birds of a jungle system
Back caption: Birds of a jungle system / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Every exhibit in the Bronx Zoo's Aquatic Birds House is designed to show where waterbirds live. Many rare and beautiful kinds live around dark jungle streams in the tropics, so this habitat was created. The realistic rocks are made of fibreglass, but the plants are real and living. The brown birds are Virginia Rails.


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