Very Rare Bensons Wild Animal Farm Bronze Elephant Bookends Hudson Nashua Nh
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Very Rare Bensons Wild Animal Farm Bronze Elephant Bookends Hudson Nashua Nh:
An extremely RARE set of Antique Collectible bookends reads "BENSON'S WILD ANIMAL FARM NASHUA, N.H." in commemoration of Benson's Wild Animal Farm founded in 1924 and closed in November 1987. A complete history can be read below for a greater appreciation of this place of wonderful entertainment to so many in New England and from afar.Castings and bookends originally made by foundry Spaulding Metal Works, Inc., Nashua, N.H. in 1950's, in business for 60 + years, 2 generations, with great passion by maker who loved to go to Benson's since young years, adding value to item. ONLY ONE is available from this foundry no longer in operation (one other exists given to friend in Germany).Have fond memories of Benson's going with my family in the 1950's and 60's to see the animals including Gorilla Colossus along with lots of fun rides, a great era.DESCRIPTION
Measures: 4.5" Wide and 5" Height
Weight: Solid Heavy 7.5 lbs. (includes both bookends)
Material and Finish: Bronze with nice tumbled finish (NOT Cast Iron per current Foundry Owner who worked closely with this Foundry when made). Note: If look closely will see a different hue in each one where one is slightly shinier than the other, barely noticeable and adds character.
Depicted: Elephant who entertained many giving rides and lots of stunts trained with her trainer (can read history). Could be the well remembered elephant "Betsy" although others also were there! These bookends are RARE and aSUPER COLLECTIBLEto be enjoyed by all ages! Can be used as DOOR STOPS as well. Great gift idea and historical value for children, Benson Animal Farm and NH buffs, and others. Please e-mail with any questions or if require more photos. LOCAL PICK UP OR SHIPPING in USA (will discount in USA) and OVERSEAS. (USPS Priority or Other). Thank you for looking!Ship internationally.
For History of Benson's can go to this link and also copied
Benson’s Animal Farm"Benson’s Animal Farm, later known as New England Playworld closed in November 1987. It remained unchanged since the closing of the park until around 2002 when it started to be refurbished into a city park.
The zoo was founded by John Benson in 1924 as an animal-training center, and was opened to the public in 1926 with animal exhibits, a miniature train, games and exhibits. It was expanded in 1932-33 with the addition of a permanent Wild Animal Circus.
A special "Jungle Train" ran from Boston to Hudson on Sundays, with admission to Benson's included in the ticket price. By 1934 the parking lot could accommodate 5,200 cars. In 1940 animal trainer Joe Arcaris began his association with the zoo, performing acts with lions and other animals till the late 1970s.
Once located in Hudson, New Hampshire, but frequently advertised with a Nashua, New Hampshire dateline, Benson's Animal Farm was also known as:Benson Wild Animal Farm Benson’s Animal Farm Benson’s Wild Animal Farm Benson’s Wild Animal Park Benson’s Animal Park The Strangest Farm on Earth New England Playworld The Firefly Roller Coaster was one popular attraction.
Major Felix was an animal trainer at Benson's Animal Farm around 1936.
After the sale, many items from Benson's Animal Farm ended up at the Grandview Flea Market in Derry, New They are of the four elephants from the park - Queen, Liz, Jackie and