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Al Capone's Elephant
Elephant that belonged to Al Capone and was purchased at Marshall Fields Chicago.
(Mario Gomes Collection)
Al Capone had a penchant for elephants. Especially those with turned up trunks. This was a sign of good luck for the big fellow. He used them throughout his dwellings. Some at the Metropole and Lexington Hotels, some for 93 Palm avenue in Miami. These were originally purchased at Marshall fields Chicago and at Peck & Hills during 1927-1928.
Capone probably identified himself with the gentle giant of the animal world. A big tough and yet gentle creature. Well,at least that is what he like to portray to others.
John Kobler's Capone bio and description of Capone's love of elephants
Leslie Hindman auction catalog 1992.
Chicago Tribune story of Al Capone's tax trial evidence October 13, 1931.
One of the 4 elephant set that was used as door stopper.
(Mario Gomes Collection)
Leslie Hindman authenticity letter.