English naturalist and “Jack”

Here’s a photo from the January 7 1932 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a man with his pet eagle.

C. W. R. Knight (1884-1957) earned his rank of Captain by serving as a sniper in the First World War. With a later star pupil eagle, Mr. Ramshaw, he appeared on the Fred Allen radio show in 1940; the eagle flew about the studio, throwing the show into “hysterical chaos”.

Knight and Mr. Ramshaw also appeared in the movie I Know Where I’m Going! (1945). As I write this, the movie is available on YouTube in two parts; part one is here.

Charles W. R. Knight is not to be confused with Charles R. Knight (1874-1953), an American artist who specialized in painting prehistoric animals.

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