Zookeepers (Britains Zoo 931)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Zookeepers (Britains Zoo 931)

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location:
Arch Three , Area 44
The Zoo (display)

A pair of painted hollowcast lead Zookeepers, from the Britains Zoo range, probably pre-war, catalogue number 931. The zookeepers have different poses, one has their feet close together, the other appears to be striding.

Giulia ...
" The figure of the zookeeper is something fundamental in a zoo, that’s why he wears an authoritarian grey uniform with eight gold buttons. He also has a tie, to point out the importance of this model. His look is serious and on his head we can see a gray hat. He is standing on a square base. "

1940 catalogue description

" The Keepers employed at the Zoological Gardens naturally have a large experience of animals and will handle many of them, despite their size and fierce appearance, with as little fear as one handles the domestic cat. It is no uncommon thing for fifteen or twenty of them to have to hold one of the large snakes whilst it is being given medical attention. "