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A hoax, or an account of what could happen...



Item # 583742

November 9, 1874

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 9, 1874 

* The New York Zoo hoax
* The Great Central Park Zoo Escape


Page 3 has a horrific stack of headlines which include: "AWFUL CALAMITY" "The Wild Animals Broken Loose from Central Park" "Terrible Scene of Mutilation" "A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death" "Savage Brutes At Large" "The Killed and Wounded" "Bravery & Panic" and more (see). This full page article--with considerable detail--reports that all the animals had escaped their cages & were roaming free in the park, leaving dozens of people "...mutilated, trampled, and injured..." not to mention killed. It wasn't true of course; at the very end the writer admits it's a completely made up version of what might happen if conditions in the zoo aren't improved. But how many people read all the way to the end of this very lengthy article? Apparently not many considering the panic which gripped New Yorkers that day. The entire city fell into a frenzy before finding out that it was all a hoax. (credit "Ephemeral New York")
Complete in 12 pages, a crease through the mentioned heads cause no loss with an archival mend on page 4, very nice condition.

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