If you’ve been following Snail’s Postcard Post for a while, you know I’m on a mission to have all fifty U.S. states represented in my collection. One of the states I’ve been missing is Indiana. The Snail Family’s friend Antonie Becker thoughtfully mentioned this to her friend Daniel Clymer, a stage actor there. Daniel kindly sent Antonie these postcards, which she forwarded to me!
As well as Cole Porter’s hometown, Peru, Indiana is known as the Circus Capital of the World, and is home to the International Circus Hall of Fame. As mentioned in the caption above, Peru, founded in 1834, served as winter quarters for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, and little remembered Hagenbeck-Wallace (1907-1938), the second largest circus in America at its peak. (Second to Ringling Brothers.) Wallace (Benjamin Wallace) happened to be a stable owner in Peru.
Grigori Rasputin’s daughter Maria Rasputina worked as a lion tamer for Hagenbeck-Wallace in 1935 and was mauled by a bear at the Peru winter quarters. She survived. Her father’s daughter.
Another bit of Peru, Indiana trivia:
In 1933, John Dillinger and his gang robbed the Peru police armory. Anything goes!
Antonie writes of the last postcard, “Poor elephants. What these magnificent creatures have had to endure and continue to endure. We have to save the African elephant.” Agreed. Anyone who wants to learn more might start with the most influential elephant defender Richard Leakey and his brainchild WildlifeDirect.
Thank you Antonie and Daniel for these great postcards!
States I still need postcards from:
If you live in or visit any of these places, you can help! Send a postcard to:
3370 Glendale Blvd. Box 613
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Include your return address, and I’ll send you a postcard in thanks!