|Jumbo stood on display in Barnum Hall at Tufts until fire destroyed the building - and Jumbo - in 1975|
death he performed and drew the crowds. In 1889, Barnum donated the stuffed Jumbo to Tufts University where it was displayed until destroyed by a fire in 1975. Jumbo's tail, which survived the fire, is kept in the University archives; his ashes, recovered at the time by a forward-thinking caretaker, are kept in a 14-ounce Peter Pan Crunchy Peanut Butter jar in the office of the Tufts athletic director.
A statue of Jumbo was purchased from an amusement park and placed on the Tufts campus after the fire; however this erroneously depicts an Asian elephant rather than an African one (it's in the ears, dear, the ears!). In honour of Barnum's donation of $50,000 and Jumbo's hide, Jumbo became the university's mascot and remains as such today. I think it's a lovely story. So, when you next order a large hot dog or sausage or fly on a Boeing 747, think 'Jumbo' and remember his statue at St Thomas and his remains in a peanut butter jar. Is there any significance in it being the crunchy variety? Maybe someone sampled the ashes and felt that the smooth version would not be appropriate?
|And this is what Jumbo looks like today. Sort of. I doubt that his ashes are the colour of crunchy peanut butter but I stand to be corrected.|