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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Lions at home on the African Plains
Back caption: Lions at home on the African Plains / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Lions and antelopes seem to share the big "African Plains" in one corner of the Bronx Zoo, but it is an illusion created by hidden moats. These young Lions are actually confined to a broad ledge of rock and earth overlooking the rest of the African Plains where Antelopes and Cranes are at liberty, just as they would be in their native Africa.
Lions on "Lion Island" in the Bronx Zoo
Back caption: Lions on "Lion Island" in the Bronx Zoo / As part of the African Plains exhibit in the Bronx Zoo, these male Lions live together on a moated island overlooking other African animals.
Living swamp scene
Back caption: A living swamp scene / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Gigantic cypress trees and living Spanish moss and air plants were brought in from the southern states to recreate this swamp scene in the Bronx Zoo's Aquatic Birds House. Here a dozen kinds of birds quietly go about their daily lives as they would in the wild, with no barrier between them and the visitors. The white bird in the foreground is the Pileated Heron of northern South America.
Looking across the African Plains
Back caption: Looking across the African Plains / New York Zoological Park
Lorillard Snuff Mill
Back caption: The Lorillard Snuff Mill Snack Bar and Restaurant--a cool and inviting retreat at The New York Botanical Garden New York City
Lorillard waterfall on the Bronx River
Back caption: The Lorillard waterfall on the Bronx River in the New York Botanical Garden originally supplied power for the Snuff Mill.
Lowland gorilla
Back caption: New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) / Lowland gorilla / This male Lowland Gorilla from central Africa weighed 438 pounds at the age of about 12 years. Gorillas habitually walk on all fours, as shown in this picture.
Lowland gorilla--Bronx Zoo
Back caption: Lowland gorilla--Bronx Zoo / The gorilla, largest of the great apes, has a bad reputation. However, tales of its fearsome deeds in Africa are largely fictional. Actually it is harmless unless forced to defend itself or its family. Gorillas are vegetarians in the wild.
Lunch and look at the elephants
Back caption: Lunch and look at the elephants / Bronx Zoo, New York City / The Zoobar Restaurant, with its gay sunshades and soft music under the sycamore trees, is one of four restaurants in the Bronx Zoo. Dromedaries pass on their way to the Riding Track and across the low stone walls big-eared, adolescent Pinky, an African Elephant, shares a yard with affectionate little Candy, an Asiatic Elephant from Thailand., The Zoobar was located just south of the Children's Zoo.
Magnolia
Back caption: More than twenty-five varieties of Magnolia unfurl their pink and white blossoms for an early spring spectacle along Magnolia Road.
Making friends in the Children's Zoo
Back caption: Making friends in the Children's Zoo / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Adults are not admitted to the Children's Zoo in the Bronx Zoo unless they are accompanied by a child. The reason is simple: this is a special section of the "Big Zoo" where the whole emphasis is on the child's approach to young and friendly animals. There is plenty of room for unaccompanied adults in the rest of the Zoo's 252 acres.
Mandrill in the jungle
Back caption: Mandrill in the jungle / Bronx Zoo, New York City / "Hideous" is a term often applied to the large, brightly-colored and aggressive Mandrill of the West African jungles. A typical forest scene has been created in the Bronx Zoo's Monkey House for a family of Mandrills. The lichen-covered and extremely realistic tree is actually made of fibreglass.
Miss Moto goes exploring
Back caption: Miss Moto goes exploring / Bronx Zoo, New York City / "Miss Moto" is a baby Japanese Macaque. When she was born in the Bronx Zoo, another female macaque tried to kidnap her and she had to be removed from the Monkey House and hand-reared. All through her babyhood she was taken home by her keeper, so he could give her a bottle of warm milk at night.
Museum, Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, New York City
Back caption: Museum. Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, New York City. The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx Park is open daily from 9 to 5, admission free. The Museum is open from 9:30 to 5. It contains collections of Economic Botany, showing vegetable products, processes of manufacturing and uses to which put. The collection includes the famous Torrey Herbarium deposited by Columbia University and valued at $175,000.
New York Botanical Garden Museum and administration building
Back caption: The New York Botanical Garden / Bronx Park, New York 58, N.Y. / Museum and Administration Building
New York Botanical Garden's Tulip Walk
Back caption: The New York Botanical Garden's Tulip Walk adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a kaleidoscope of spring color.
New York. Botanical Garden and Museum Bronx Park
Back caption: Botanical Garden and Museum--Bronx Park. The Museum in Bronx Park contains collections of Economic Botany, showing vegetable products such as wood, sugar cane, chocolate, cork, cotton-seed, cereals, etc., and the processes of converting the raw material ready for use. The collections of Scientific Botany are valued at $175,000.
Nine-banded armadillo
Front caption: Nine-banded armadillo. Found in Texas and Arizona and southward, this is the only toothless mammal native to the United States.
Noah's Ark
Back caption: "Noah's Ark" in the Children's Zoo in the Bronx Zoo, New York. A dozen kinds of little animals from all over the world live happily together in the Ark.
Nubian giraffe
Back caption: Nubian giraffe / East Africa / Bronx Zoo Amateur Photography Contest by Morris Cowen

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