20th Century in 20 Images

Alan Trapulionis
7 min readMay 26, 2022
Walter Rothschild and his zebra carriage in London, 1898. Wikimedia Commons image.

Walter Rothschild may have been the heir to a massive banking empire, but he sure had a lot of free time on his hands.

The photo above illustrates Rothschild’s attempt to convince people that exotic animals were not as untameable as previously thought. He cruised that baby through the streets of London all the way up to Buckingham Palace, cementing his place in history as the guy who rode zebras.