1935c – Automatic-Walking Elephant (Japanese)
This image shows a walking mechanical elephant from Japan. It is 12V electric-powered, 1/4 HP motor. The image is sourced from here. According to the website the images are from a catalog of "Nihon goraku-ki seisakusho (Japan amusement machine manufacturing)" around 1935.
More info: The elephant's name is "Jidou-hokou zou (automatic-walking elephant)". 12v battery powered and 1/4 h.p. Moving trunk. The description says it is capable of carrying 6 passengers or drawing a cart with 15 people.
Source: http://www.ampress.co.jp/archive.htm According to the website "Nihon goraku-ki seisakusho (Japan amusement machine manufacturing)" was established by Kaichi Endo (1899-2001), the great pioneer of amusement machines. The company has installed and managed the amusement machines for the amusement center in a department store in Tokyo, which opened in 1931.
Thank you, Hisashi Moriyama for finding this entry for me.