Frank Buck Collection

Dublin Core


Frank Buck Collection


Buck, Frank, 1884-1950.
Gambling, John B.
Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953.
Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991.
Frank Buck’s Jungle Camp.
Jungle Land
Long Island Zoo
New York World’s Fair (1939-1940).
Animal collecting.
Zoos--New York--Massapequa.
Amityville (N.Y.)--History.
Long Island--History.
Massapequa (N.Y.)--History.


The collection contains thirty 8” x 10” black and white photographs (stamped on the back “Photo by Drennan”) that span from 1935-c.1939. Collection also contains ephemera, including souvenir and explorers club pins and Topps Frank Buck “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” trading cards (incomplete set) produced in 1950.


K. Darby, M. O’Connor


Frank Buck Collection


Hofstra University Special Collections/Long Island Studies Institute




Michael Curtis


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Collection Items

Frank Buck “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” Pin
A pin labeled “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” produced in association with Frank Buck.

Young African Explorer’s Club Pin
A pin labeled "Young African Explorer's Club" produced in association with Frank Buck.

Explorer’s Club Pin
A pin proclaiming the wearer to be a member of the Frank Buck Explorer's Club.

Elephants Standing in a Row
Four elephants standing in a row in the snow in either Amityville or Massapequa.

Buck's Jungle Camp Building
An exterior view of a building at Buck's Jungle Camp with people walking by.

Cottonmouth Poised to Strike
A cottonmouth snake poised to strike. A note on the back of the photo explains that this snake bit Cole Smith, a snake handler at Buck's Jungle Camp.

Monkey Mountain at Frank Buck's Jungle Camp
Visitors watching the monkeys on Monkey Mountain as
Frank Buck looks on.

Monkey Mountain at Jungle Camp with Elephant
Photograph of visitors riding in basket atop elephant near Monkey Mountain as Frank Buck and other visitors look on.

Politicians Riding Elephant
U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner with his son, Assemblyman
Robert F. Wagner, Jr., riding in a basket on elephant named

Frank Buck with Tiger Trap
Frank Buck standing next to “Tiger Trap.”
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