B/w photograph of Annie Oakley from the chest up in a white blouse and
jacket. This photo is especially unusual because it shows her without the rows
of shooting medals that she often wore. Anything signed by Oakley is
Photograph mount signed: "Compliments. of/Annie. Oakley." on verso.
B/w, 4¼x6½ overall, image 4x5½ (two surfaces). Photograph by Gray, 1030 Tremont
St., Boston (imprint at lower margin). Oakley (1860-1926, born Phoebe
Anne Moses in Darke County, Ohio), was born to a Quaker family and began to
shoot rabbits and quail at age nine. Within five years, she was a breadwinner
for her family as a markswoman, and, at age 15, she saved her family's farm
with income she had earned from shooting game. On August 23, 1876, at age
16, Annie married Frank Butler, a vaudeville performer who became her
partner. Annie's self-effacing personality (on and off stage) made her a popular
performer. In 1885, the Butlers joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show,
where Annie was a star for 17 years. The five-foot-tall Oakley got her name
"Little Sure Shot" from Sitting Bull and used it in her promotional
materials. In 1901, she and her husband decided to retire from public life.
However, shooting was in her blood, and the Butlers continued to make
appearances around the country. Age did not appear to diminish her skills, but
Oakley was seriously injured in an automobile accident in 1921. Although she did
not think she had long to live at that time, by 1924 she was again performing.
By 1925, however, Oakley was frail and in poor health. She died on November 3,
1926, just 18 days before her husband. Annie Oakley signed material is rare
in any form.
Signature side is lightly soiled (not at signature), pencil notes
(unknown hand) at upper margin. Photograph has minor smudges (not evident
head-on). Mount is lightly worn at corners. Fine condition.
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