Greeting Card - Japanese Imperial Navy visit a Taronga Zoo Hippo

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Greeting Card - Sailors from the Japanese Imperial Naval Squadron with a hippopotamus at Taronga Zoo. (28 January 1924)

Photographer: Samuel J Hood | Australian National Maritime Collection: 00034678

Members of the Imperial Japanese Naval Squadron visited Australia in January 1924 as part of a training cruise. The squadron consisted of the IJN IWATE, IJN ASAMA and IJN YAKUMO. Nearly 2,500 men of which 300 were midshipmen spent time in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth during their tour. In this photograph, Japanese sailors are looking at a hippopotamus during a visit to Taronga Zoo.

The Samuel J Hood collection records an extensive range of maritime activity on Sydney Harbour.  Hood was regarded as an important figure in early Australian photojournalism. Hood's maritime photographs are one of the most significant collections of such work in Australia.

Dimensions: 12.6 × 17.8 mm
Envelope: The card is packaged with a white envelope
Inside: Blank inside for a personal message