Message on the back reads:
I hope Lieutenant H.J. Eiland (?) survived his war service. A great address to post a card to “John Burks, c/o Voice of Victory, Wade City, Florida”
Close up of the 19 November 1944 Postcard shows a little wartime life at San Diego Zoo – GIs / US servicemen in uniform peaked caps (tinted green) and a sailor in bottom left hand corner, hopefully with his gal.
An amphitheatre like this still exists at San Diego Zoo in 2002.
In my Post 9-11 visit in 2002, they played a patriotic anthem, naming all the states in the Union just before the animal ambassador show started. People were invited to cheer or join in when their state was mentioned. Service veterans or Service families were also mentioned and applauded whilst the Stars and Stripes flag was displayed very prominently everywhere.
I can’t quite imagine this in Britain, starting a zoo talk or animal encounter with a cheery proud song listing all the shires, even post BREXIT …
Interesting postcard, proof of the entertaining, patriotic and morale boosting role of the zoo in wartime.
Posted by Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo