• The interesting one with the monkeys comes from a real source inspiration:

    (quote from the article)

    Do you remember the monkeys riding tiny bicycles at Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo? This miniature tandem bicycle was made for the Zoo’s monkey circus and used between 1936 and 1940. It’s one of the most unusual bicycles produced by the Sydney firm, Edworthy Cycle & Motor Works.

    The Zoo was established in 1884 at MoorePark and was operated by the Zoological Society of NSW. In 1916 it moved across the Harbour to a magnificent 52-acre site with a special entrance building, seal ponds, elephant temple, monkey pits, aviaries and walking paths. The giraffe house was added in 1923, an aquarium in 1927 and a floral clock in 1928.

    The animal kindergarten opened in 1932 with monkeys, Freda and Freddie, who rode miniature bicycles. This attraction was so popular that a special concrete monkey circus arena, 7 metres in diameter and capable of accommodating 1000 spectators, was opened near the northern entrance in 1936. The circus featured trained dogs and ponies as well as monkeys racing on miniature bicycles.

    One of the most popular drawcards was Mabel, the monkey referred to in the press at the time as the ‘Zoological Cycling Champion’. She rode up to 12 circuits of the arena depending on the reaction and enthusiastic applause from the audience. Two monkeys pedalling on a tandem bicycle were also very popular. As well as the Edworthy company, several other firms supplied bicycles for the monkey circus, including Malvern Star and Speedwell.

    Postcard of a monkey cyclist on the circus arena at Taronga Park Zoo c.1948. Powerhouse Museum collection 2009/8/1. Gift of Jocelyn Pitts, 2009.


  • Dogs too... „Kántor medveláncát veszíti, Csupati láb alatt Stetsonban sasol, 1938.”

    Kép forrása / Picture source:

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