*The Elephant Hotel, Coney Island: Built- 1884; Burned 1886.
*”Seeing the Elephant” was Victorian slang for illicit sex!
Cruelty and greed walked hand in hand with wealth.
Drop a penny into the slot of the museum “Mutoscope” and watch the execution of Topsy the Elephant, a rogue beast that hauled heavy carnival equipment in 1904.
Topsy killed his keeper after the man fed him a lit cigarette.
Topsy was electrocuted in a demonstration by Thomas Edison.
SAVE CONEY ISLAND- Dick Zigun’s video explains the peril!
Call your representative or the speaker of the city council:
Christine Quinn’s legislative office: (212) 788-7210.
Thanks for reading,
You must be logged in to transcribe.