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Memo to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbeck

Date: 15 February 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0537[077]

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    Memo to Oskar Speck from John Hagenbeck handwritten in German on John Hagenbeck's letterhead. The letter is dated 15 February 1937 and tells Oskar that he's bought a number of elephants and finally the press in Germany is starting to get interested in Oskar's voyage.
    Translation
    • Established 1891 John Hagenbeck Telegrams: “HAGANIMAL” 22 Upper Chatham Street Shipchandler & Stevedore Import & Export Colombo, 15 February 1937 John Hagenbeck’s Ceylon Tea P.O. Box 207 Dealer in Telephone No. 21 Wild animals, elephants etc Codes Used: A. B. C. 5th Edition, Scott’s 10th Edition My Dear Mr. Oskar Speck, At the time I responded promptly to your letter from Singapore. As you know, I am very interested to see your tour completed successfully, and that is why all [your] letters are answered immediately. Nothing much to report on from here. I bought a large number of elephants for the Continent; photo attached. I’m feeling better now. I was quite ill with sciatica, and my wife was not feeling too well either. It probably has to do with the heat! Enclosed article is out of the Illustrierte Zeitung Berlin! So finally they are also beginning to become interested in you everywhere in Germany, which makes me very pleased! So, my dear Oskar Speck I continue to wish you success! Surely, you will make the acquaintance of some cannibals; I hope all goes well. Please write again soon! Heil Hitler Regards, John Hagenbeck and wife All Germans and Mr [illegible] send their regards as well.

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