[squarefocus] Tales of The Unforgotten: Tiger Skin for Sale in Singapore, 1939
I encountered this photograph when I visited the National Museum of Singapore. The caption of the picture was:
"The girl with pigtails looking on was the daughter of the American who bought rubber in Singapore for the Goodyear Orient Company. This photograph was published in the July 1940 issue of National Geographic.
This picture is interesting as Singapore was and until now is the main port of South East Asia. To see that Tiger skin was being sell in Singapore could explain that it was legal at that moment. There’s also high possibilities that Sumatran tiger skin being sold there as it’s relatively very close to Singapore. The other fact Goodyear have a rubber plantation in Sumatra in 1920. A documentation of it can be seen in this video: http://youtu.be/8PgQDW9kbUQ
[squarefocus] Tales of The Unforgotten: Tiger Hunt as a decoration, 1959
Tiger hunt was a popular sport for the Colonialists and this decoration is a piece of art to show it. The picture show the tiger hunt was conducted by riding an elephant, which is used in India, not Indonesia. So the tiger is most likely a Bengalese tiger. I would love to see if there’s an Indonesian version if there’s any.
[squarefocus] Tales of The Unforgotten: Indonesian Tigers in Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 1919 - 1920
It’s easy to identify that the two tigers in the pictures came from Indonesia. The density and size of the tigers are the main reason, Indonesian tigers have many stripes and smaller compare to other tiger sub-species. Unfortunately there are no explanation what sub-species of tiger came with the picture. I checked the Taronga Zoo website, and they have a Sumatran Tiger breeding program. So it’s most likely they are Sumatran Tigers sold to the zoo in the past.
[squarefocus] Tales of The Unforgotten: Tiger Tot Is Toast of the Town, US, 1993
One of a pair of tiger cubs, with a playful appearance, lies on a quilt in its den at the National Zoological Park. The cubs were born on June 14, 1993, to Kerinci, a rare Sumatran tiger who came to the Zoo in July 1989 as part of an exchange with the Jakarta (Ragunan Zoological Garden) Zoo in Indonesia
[squarefocus] Tales of The Unforgoten: 1933 - Sumatran Tiger killed by J.H.L. van Wijkfrom Batavian Oil Company, Palembang
In the early 1900’s Tiger is considered as pest in Indonesia. Their population is very high throughout the tropical forrest. Foreign companies hired hunters to secure their area from Tigers. Famous hunter such as A.C Van der Valk have killed hundreds of tigers during his assignments in Sumatra, Indonesia which he mentioned his experience in his book Vangen en jagen in Sumatra’s wildernis / A.C. van der Valk. The arrival of cars in 1950 (mentioned in my previous post here) make it easier for hunters to kill tigers in nearby areas. Their methods of hunting can be seen in my post here.
The picture above showed J.H.L. van Wijk, a hunter that was hired by Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij, brought a dead tiger tied to his car. Bataafse Petroleum Maatschappij (BPM), also known as Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij (English: Batavian Oil Company) was a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company established in 1907 which extracted and refined oil in the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia). The company was 60 percent owned by the Royal Dutch Company, and 40% by the Shell Transport and Trading Company; it acted as a Dutch holding company for the merged Royal Dutch Shell Group along with its UK analogue the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company.
It seems Shell have exploited Indonesia for quite a while.