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Hamlyn’s Zoological Trading, 221 St George’s Street, London Docks

Posted in Animals, Historical articles, History, London, Oddities, Trade on Thursday, 30 May 2013

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Hamlyn's Zoological Trading, 221 St George's Street, London Docks

Hamlyn’s Zoological Trading Establishment was established by Mr John D Hamlyn to trade in the exotic wildlife which was being brought to Britain by the thousands of trading ships, naval ships and passenger vessels which anchored in the London Docks. He soon became the doyen of the Wild Beast business in Great Britain. and in 1915 began to publish a popular trade journal called Hamlyn’s Menagerie Magazine, the first issue of which promised the following subjects:

“Gorilla Dealing — Alive and Dead.”

“A true account of the origination of the Wild
Beast Business in Great Britain.”

“The Peculiarities of this Unique Business.”

“My Visit to South Africa.”

“The Advent of the Boxing Kangaroo and the
Wrestling Lion.”

Hamlyn was known as the Monkey Man, and in 1889 was asked to provide an astonishing 1000 monkeys for a customer who was staging a spectacular show at Alexandra Palace to promote Brooke’s Monkey Soap. Hamlyn’s monkey, also known as the owl-faced monkey, was named after him.

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