Year: ca. 1889
Size: 32 1/4 x 47 1/8
Condition: A- / slight stains at edges.
Today, Paris's Jardin Zoologique is a children's amusement park—but the zoo has serious skeletons in its closet. Opened in 1860 by Napoleon III, early intentions were innocent enough: botanical exhibitions featured acclimating plants and animals from France's colonies. But during the siege of Paris from 1870-1871, many of the animals were cooked and served by the zoo's chef. Thereafter, it was converted into l'Acclimatation Anthropologique—a human zoo—with surprising amounts of attendees (some one million visitors from 1877-1912). This particular promotion touts an exhibition of Sinhalese people from Sri Lanka. These barbaric affairs continued until 1931, when the owners finally realized their wrongs, and converted the venue into a children's attraction. This woodblock-engraved poster includes a color tip-on by Léon Sault.