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BUFFALO BILL CODY. Buffalo Bill was born on Feb. 26, 1846, in Scott County, Iowa. In 1854 his family moved to Kansas, near Fort Leavenworth. 1917). A folk hero was created in the late 1860s by a dime novelist, Ned Buntline whose subject of many of his pulp stories was the bigger-than-life figure he nicknamed Buffalo Bill.  Early in 1864 he enlisted in the Seventh Kansas Cavalry of the Union Army. In the 1870s, as a scout and guide for the Fifth Cavalry, he acquired a reputation not only for accurate marksmanship but also for total recall of the terrain and knowledge of Indian ways.From 1872 to 1883 Cody was an actor in melodramas, primarily in Buntline's 'The Scouts of the Plains'. In 1883 Cody started his famous Wild West exhibition--later known as Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. His stars included the sharpshooter Annie Oakley and Chief Sitting Bull. The show grew steadily in popularity and traveled widely in the United States and Europe for 30 years


ww007.jpg (202611 bytes)BUFFALO BILL CODY
Cdvabinet card, 4 " x 2 1/2" , Buffalo Bill Cody, ca 1875, showing a young Cody  Taken around the time in NYC, original probably by Sarony, anonymous period pirated image. Overall Fine cond. (ww07); $700.

ww002.jpg (454691 bytes)A.O BABEL COW BOY PIANIST 
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4".Watson, Cincinnati  imprint.
Alexander Oscar Babel played piano at the Solo Saloon on Congress Street in Houston, Texas, where he married Emma Rumpel in 1880. When he went on the road, the cowboy pianist was joined by a cowgirl cornetist, Miss Mattie Babel. Her identity is not clear, but the most likely candidate is Oscar’s wife, Emma.   A. O. Babel, the “Cowboy Pianist,” was billed as a musical phenomenon who marveled audiences throughout the United States during the 1880s and 1890s. Many of the details of his life were shrouded by a sensationalized account published about 1890 by Dick Publishing House in New York. The dime novel-like book titled Life of A. O. Babel: The Original and Famous Texas Cowboy Pianist portrayed a young man who had worked as a cowboy as well as a scout who could speak nine Indian languages and who had served as an interpreter and guide for the United States military. His feats included ferreting out desperadoes in Mexico and bringing them back to justice. Supposedly, Babel suffered a terrible fall from a horse, resulting in one broken arm and one badly sprained arm, and during a lengthy convalescence, he discovered that he had developed a miraculous talent for the piano.
Fine cond. (ww02); $950.


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ww005.jpg (463593 bytes)WILD WEST TRICK SHOT ARTIST 
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Unknown sureshot , stylized native american garb. No photographer's imprint. Some light wear and soiling, overall VG-Fine cond. .(ww.05) $750

ww039.jpg (83188 bytes)WILD WEST PERFORMER.
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Unknown personality, sporting a great mustache. Bussard, Bradford, Pa  imprint.  Fine. (Ww39. $750.

ww036.jpg (417769 bytes)WILD WEST PERFORMERS.
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Portrait of a pair of Wild West performers, attired in western garb, and both holding rifles. McCabe Easton, Pa photographer's imprint.  Strong tones and very good contrast, overall Fine cond. (W.36); $550

ww045.jpg (460420 bytes)1912 COL. FRED CUMMINS’ WILD WEST AND INDIAN CONGRESS  
Biographical sketch booklet. 6 ¼” X 9 ¼”; 24 pp. Wraps. Contains numerous biographical sketches and photographs, including Chief Red Cloud, Calamity Jane
and Geronimo. Color cover and back. Repaired  spine, t/l corner missing back cover,  o/w  G cond. (ww45). $sold

w861.jpg (88683 bytes)LONE STAR HARRY. New York Dick"s Publishing House (1893) 6 ¾“ x 5“, original pictorial pink wrappers. [16 pp.] Woodcut portrait on front wrapper. First Edition of this pamphlet that seems to have been entirely unknown until a small cache, along with additional Lone Star Harry material, surfaced a dozen or so years ago. Harry, who successfully suppressed his full name while earning the additional sobriquet of "The Revolver King," was supposedly born near Eagle Pass, Texas, in 1855 and had a lively career as cowboy, army scout in the Indian wars, and ace marksman in various Wild West shows, including that of Pawnee Bill (Gordon W. Lillie). This souvenir booklet contains a brief account of Harry's career, a very brief description of Texas, a dissertation by Harry on handling revolvers, and a detailed account of a cattle drive from Nieces County, Texas, to Ogolalla, Nebraska, from February to July, 1882. The text also contains some wonderful songs and several publisher’s advertisements. Some light foxing on cover, o/w very fine cond. (W.861); $195.

ww010.jpg (454138 bytes)ACTOR IN WESTERN ATTIRE.  
Cabinet card of Edwin Arden (imprinted on mount), in western garb with a large snake coiled around his leg. Arden  was an actor, theatre manager, and playwright. Bennett & Co,, N.Y. photographer's imprint. Some light to moderate soiling and wear to mount, overall VG+. (ww10); $495.

ww042.jpg (493188 bytes)WILD WEST PERFORMER
Cabinet Card , Ca. 1880s Appealing portrait of either a Wild West performer.  Freeman Rochelle, Ill photographer's imprint. Foxing in background, o/w VG-Fine cond. (ww.42); $750.

ww009.jpg (251548 bytes)WILD WEST PERFORMER OR ACTOR. 
Cabinet Card, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Clark, Worcester, Mass photographer's imprint. Fine cond. (ww.09); $800.

ww021.jpg (109747 bytes)PRAIRIE MAY .
Cabinet Card photograph, 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Portrait of Prairie May, holding banjo. Maxwell & Mansfield, Bowery , NY  photographer's imprint. Some edge roughness on mount corners, a bit of soiling ands wear, overall VG-fine.. (ww.22); $825.  

11" x 8 1/2". Unused letterhead for the Rodeo at Burwell, Nebraska, 1934. VF cond. (ww.55.); $65.




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