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"T series"

This is an anonymous series of postcards with no publisher name or any other information provided on the reverse. These cards can be easily identified, though, by the very distinctive 'T' shape on the reverse.

The postcards in the series have an amateurish, "homemade" appearance, and it has been suggested that all the photographs for this series were taken by an Alfred G. Cooke (of Croydon).

The cards have captions written in white ink on the photograph itself (i.e. not in a border).

There is no consistency to the caption style; sometimes LONDON THE ZOO, sometimes THE ZOO LONDON, sometimes ZOO GARDENS etc. Often these captions include punctuation errors with spurious apostrophes e.g. ZOO GARDEN'S; ELEPHANT'S; BEAR'S etc.

This is a huge series with, probably, well over a hundred postcards. These cards fall into two groups; numbered and un-numbered. With the numbered cards, the lower numbers (i.e. below 52) are generally prefaced with a 'Z', while the higher numbers (i.e. above 51) normally lack the 'Z' at the beginning of the number. There appear to be exceptions to this rule; e.g. number 56 occurs both with and without the 'Z'. 

The captions are listed exactly as on the card, complete with spurious apostrophes.

NB. There is also a 'T' series featuring Whipsnade Zoo cards, in a very similar format, which are listed here.


SET NAME: T series
PUBLISHER: Unknown
CARD SIZE: Standard
COLOUR: Mono
DATE: 1927 - 1939 (earliest and latest known postmarks)
NOTES:
CODE CAPTION COMMENTS
52 SEA LIONS THE ZOO LONDON
56 LONDON SEA LION ZOO GARDENS Identical image to Z56
57LONDON THE ZOO BROWN BEAR'S
 
61
PENGUIN THE ZOO LONDON
 
62 PENGUIN THE ZOO LONDON
65 PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON
66
PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON 
68 PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON
69 PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON
70
 PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON 
72 BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Brown bear
73 BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Brown bear
74 BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Brown bear
75 BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Brown bear
80
POLAR BEARS THE ZOO LONDON
 
82 THE PRINCE OF WALES' ELEPHANT THE ZOO LONDON Asian elephant in paddock with keeper
83 THE ZOO LONDON Asian elephant giving rides
88 ZEBRA THE ZOO LONDON
90 WOLF THE ZOO LONDON
91 LONDON THE ZOO HEAD OF DROMEDARY
92 MONKEY THE ZOO LONDON
94 GREVY'S ZEBRA THE ZOO LONDON
95 "MURPHY" THE ZOO LONDON Orang-utan on chair; drinking from tea-pot (sideways profile)
96 "MURPHY" THE ZOO LONDON Orang-utan on chair; drinking from tea-pot (more towards the front)
98
 "MURPHY" THE ZOO LONDONOrang-utan on chair; Both arms hanging in front and his left leg hanging down to the side
99 MONKEY HILL THE ZOO LONDON
100 MONKEY HILL THE ZOO LONDON
101 LION THE ZOO LONDON
102 LION THE ZOO LONDON
103 PRINCE OF WALE'S ELEPHANT THE ZOO LONDON Asian elephant in elephant house pool
105 THE ZOO LONDON Asian elephant giving rides
106 THE ZOO LONDON Asian elephant giving rides
111 LONDON THE ZOO THE THREE BEARS Similar but not the same as three bears above
112 LONDON THE ZOO LEMUR'S Trio of black & white ruffed lemurs
113 MONKEY HILL THE ZOO LONDON
114 LONDON THE ZOO LLAMA CARRIAGE'S
115 LONDON 250 YEAR OLD TORTOISE THE ZOO Little girl sitting on giant tortoise (similar image to Z31)
119 GIRAFFES THE ZOO LONDON Identical image to one of the un-numbered cards
120 GIRAFFES THE ZOO LONDON
Z1 LONDON THE ZOO THE LLAMA'S
Z2LONDON ZOO GARDEN'S POLAR BEAR "SAM" 
Z3LONDON THE ZOO BROWN BEAR 
Z4
LONDON THE ZOO SEA LION'S WITH KEEPER 
Z5LONDON ZOO SEA LION 
Z6
THE ZOO LONDON LION 
Z7
LONDON ZOO GIRAFFE'S 
Z8
LONDON HIPPOPOTAMUSES THE ZOO 
Z9?
ZOO LONDON BABOON Number almost illegible
Z16 THE ZOO LONDON LLAMAS
Z18 LONDON ZOO POLAR BEAR
Z20 LONDON THE ZOO BEAR SITTING UP Brown bear
Z21 THE ZOO LONDON BEAR'S
Z22 LONDON ZOO POLAR BEAR'S
Z23 ELEPHANT THE ZOO LONDON Keeper riding Asian elephant
Z24 THE ZOO ELEPHANT LONDON Asian elephant giving rides
Z28 LONDON ZOO CAMEL Bactrian camel giving rides
Z29 ZOO LONDON CAMEL Mother and son between humps, girl on neck
Z31 ZOO LONDON 250 YEAR OLD GIANT TORTOISE Little girl sitting on giant tortoise (similar image to 115)
Z35 LONDON SEA LION ZOO GARDENS Visitors & keeper in Sealion enclosure (similar image to the un-numbered card)
Z39 THE ZOO LONDON GOLIATH HERON'S
Z40THE ZOO LONDON HIPPOPOTAMUS
 
Z41 THE ZOO LONDON BROWN BEARS
Z42 THE ZOO LONDON BROWN BEAR
Z43 THE ZOO LONDON POLAR BEAR
Z44 THE ZOO LONDON BEAR'S
Z45 THE ZOO LONDON BROWN BEAR
Z46
THE ZOO LONDON SAM THE POLAR BEAR
 
Z47 THE ZOO LONDON POLAR BEAR
Z48 LONDON ZOO POLAR BEAR'S
Z51 LONDON ZOO ELEPHANT Asian elephant giving rides
Z55 THE ZOO LONDON CAMEL
Z56 LONDON SEA LION ZOO GARDENS Identical image to 56
Z60
LONDON THE ZOO ELEPHANT
 
 CAMELCamel riding, standing end of flower bed with keeper, two girls on back, boy on neck
 “CECIL AND LENA”  THE ZOO  LONDON 
- EGRET THE ZOO LONDON
- ELEPHANT THE ZOO LONDON Keeper riding Asian elephant
- FALCON THE ZOO LONDON
- GIRAFFES THE ZOO LONDON Identical image to 119
 GIRAFFES THE ZOO LONDONKeeper feeding both giraffes, under the neck of one.
- HIPPO THE ZOO LONDON Keeper with hand in hippo's mouth
 HIPPOS THE ZOO LONDON
Keeper has hand in Hippo’s mouth (2 Hippos)
- LONDON BROWN BEAR'S ZOO GARDEN'S Three bears, end terrace, one bear reaching up wall
 LONDON BROWN BEAR ZOO GARDEN'SSame bear, same pose as 74,but diff. enclosure
 LONDON  “SAM”  POLAR BEAR   ZOO GARDEN’SSame as Z2
- LONDON SEA LION'S ZOO GARDEN'S Similar image to Z35
- LONDON THE CAMELS ZOO GARDEN'S
- LONDON THE PELICAN'S ZOO GARDENS
- LONDON THE ZOO BROWN BEAR
- LONDON THE ZOO CHEETAH
- LONDON THE ZOO LEOPARD "BILL" Leopard sitting on tree stump
- LONDON THE ZOO LEOPARD "BILL" Very similar to previous image
- LONDON THE ZOO LEOPARD "BILL" As below but looking left
 LONDON THE ZOO LEOPARD ("BILL")Crouching on tree stump, side view but looking at camera
- LONDON THE ZOO PEACOCK
- LONDON THE ZOO POLAR BEAR Same as Z22  but Sepia instead of Mono
 LONDON ZOO POLAR BEARS
 
- MONKEY HILL THE ZOO LONDON Fours or five visitors viewing over wall
- MONKEY HILL THE ZOO LONDON No visitors viewing
  "MURPHY" THE ZOO LONDONOrang-utan on chair; drinking from tea-pot (similar image to 95)
  "MURPHY" THE ZOO LONDONOrang-utan on chair; no tea-pot
  “NIBBY”  THE ZOO   LONDONSealion posing on rock
- No Caption Very similar to previous Leopard  images
- No Caption Three ruffed lemurs (probably same image as 112).
- No Caption Keeper in the paddock with giraffes (similar to the images 119 and 120)
  No CaptionKeeper and lady in paddock with 1 giraffe
 No CaptionGorilla “Moina” through bars, resting on arm
 No CaptionGorilla “Moina” through bars, hands through bars
 No CaptionGorilla “Moina” through bars, feet through bars
 No CaptionWolf. Possibly same as 90 
 No CaptionIdentical to Z21.    No border on this card
 No Caption3 Polar Bears, 2 on left and 1 on right
 No Caption3 Polar Bears, 1 on left and 2 on right
- PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON Keeper holding penguin, seven other penguins
- PENGUINS THE ZOO LONDON "Headless" keeper, twelve penguins in front of him
 POLAR BEAR,    LONDON. ZOO.Similar to Z43 & Z47  No border on this card
- POLAR BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Portrait format
- POLAR BEAR THE ZOO LONDON Landscape format
 PRINCE  OF  WALE’S  ELEPHANT  THE ZOO  LONDONIn pool in enclosure, Standing
  PRINCE  OF  WALE’S  ELEPHANT  THE ZOO  LONDONIn pool in enclosure, on side with head up.
- SNOW OWL'S THE ZOO LONDON
- THE ELEPHANT'S ZOO LONDON Four elephants giving rides
- THE OKAPI THE ZOO LONDON
- THE POLAR BEAR ZOO LONDON
- THE ZOO LONDON HARNESED ANTELOPE
- THE ZOO LONDON LION
- THE ZOO LONDON THE BABOON
- WILD ASS THE ZOO LONDON Giving rides, three children on ride
- WILD ASS THE ZOO LONDON Giving rides, two children on ride
 ZOO   LONDON   THE CHARTLEY BULL & COW 
- ZOO LONDON THE PRINCE OF WALES ELEPHANT Asian elephant giving rides
  ZOO   LONDON   250 YEAR OLD GIANT TORTOISELittle girl sitting on giant tortoise.
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