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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 exceedingly rare.
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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Born: August 13, 1860 in North Star, Ohio
Died: November 3, 1926 in Greenville, Ohio

Film Credits
2006 The American Experience (Other), 2000 Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci (Other), 1910 Actors' Fund Field Day (in person), 1894 Annie Oakley (in person)

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