Elmer Safety Elephant Statue Saved From Trash

ElmerA few years ago, I shared my memories of Elmer the Safety Elephant. Elmer was a character who would visit my primary school back in the 80s to teach us about bike safety, not walking on train tracks and such.

I just received the following email regarding Elmer the Safety Elephant.

Hi Mike, just read your article on "Elmer the Safety Elephant". Excellent. I noticed a picture of the flag and Blinky, but none of the Elmer statues that used to grace our schools in the good old days. Just wanted to let you know that I am in possession of one of the original 8 statues (8 being the number of districts in the Toronto area at that time). I know 1 statue is in the police archives, and the rest are probably in safety officer's basements. I saved one from going into the trash as it needed some repair to the trunk and was to be disposed of. It is a beautiful sight to see, all original paint etc.

Here are pictures of this rare Elmer statue.

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The person who saved this statue wishes to remain anonymous, but he would like you to know that Party Boy DJ Services is "very good and in-expensive compared to most companies". Just remember.... safety first!


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Barb

what an awesome story!! I remember Elmer The Safety Elephant coming to my schools here in Hamilton waaayyy back in the 70's (oh geez, I'm showing my age). . . glad someone saved Elmer from the bin. . . he deserves better for all the children he helped save! :)

January 25, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Hey there. GREAT STORY! You wrote, "Elmer was a character who would visit my primary school back in the 80s to teach us about bike safety, not walking on train tracks and such."

The 80's? I remember how proud we were to have an Elmer the Safety Elephant flag at our primary school --back in the 50's!

And we'd have wonderful Constable Yakichuk delivering Elmer's wisdom.

January 25, 2010 @ 10:50 AM

LEW

I remember Elmer from my elementary days of the mid 60's.
I once entered a contest for a sitcom - Elmer was one of the characters. I'm happy he made it out of the dumpster.

January 25, 2010 @ 3:55 PM

Jamie

I have an original Elmer the Safety Elephant flag for sale

April 22, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

Jamie

I have an original Elmer the Safety Elephant flag for sale

April 22, 2013 @ 11:50 AM

Pat

My brother-in-law is looking to buy an original Elmer the Safety Elephant flag.

May 2, 2016 @ 10:16 PM

Pina Crevier

I have one of these original Elmer the Safety and I'm wondering how to sell him.
Any suggestions?

December 7, 2016 @ 9:33 AM

Lori

I have the same statue in my classroom in great shape! I'm retiring and plan to take it with me. Many staff have asked me for it. I would donate it to a museum but not an individual. Any suggestions?

May 17, 2018 @ 11:07 AM

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