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Title Lucy the Elephant (1)
Date 07/24/1926
Year Range from 1921
Year Range to 1930
Description This is a front view of Lucy the Elephant. You can see cars parked in front and to the side and a building in the background.

Wade labelled the negative sleeve "Elephant hotel at Ventnor, NJ", but townlines and Lucy herself have moved and she is now in Margate, NJ.

In 1926, the building behind Lucy (Lucy's website refers to it as the "Turkish Pavilion") was used as a hotel since it was during Prohibition. Before and after Prohibition, the building was used as a saloon/bar.

Lucy the Elephant is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. Lucy is a six-story elephant with a howdah on her back built in 1881 and is an example of zoomorphic architecture.

This photo shows the original howdah (platform on her back). A storm in 1929 tore it off and it was replaced with a less ornate model.
Place Margate, NJ/Ventnor, NJ
Photographer Wade, Elton H. L.
Object Name Negative, Sheet Film
Object ID 2009.1.85
Other number 104.1
Film Size 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.
Subjects Architecture
Buildings distinguished by form
Historic sites
Lucy the Elephant
Margate (N.J.)
Tourist camps & hostels
Ventnor (N.J.)
Zoomorphic buildings
Search Terms Lucy the Elephant
Margate (N.J.)
Ventnor (N.J.)
Orig/copy Original
Copyright Franklin Township Public Library
Collection Elton H. L. Wade Photograph Collection