GORDON W. "PAWNEE BILL" LILLIE - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 292113
Sale Price $360.00
"PAWNEE BILL" LILLIE
Signature on a 4x2 slip, affixed to a scrapbook page with a newspaper photo and clipping
Signature: "G. W. Lillie/'Pawnee Bill'", 4x2 slip, affixed with a newspaper photo and clipping to an 8x10½ scrapbook page. Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie (1860-1942) traveled west to Oklahoma as a teenager, quickly learning the ways of the Pawnee Indians. By 1879, he was a teacher and a cowboy and had learned the Pawnee language.In 1883, William S. "Buffalo Bill" Cody hired Pawnee Bill, under government stipulations, as interpreter and overseer of the Indians in his show. Lillie liked show business, and, by 1888, he started his own show with his new wife, May Lillie, the Rifle Shot. From that time, he became known as Pawnee Bill, the White Chief of the Pawnee Indians. His show peaked in popularity by 1900, and as the novelty of Wild West shows diminished, Pawnee Bill joined forces with Buffalo Bill (1908). With Cody's death in 1917, Lillie had little interest in carrying on the show. The last of the Wild West frontiersmen, he semi-retired in Oklahoma, where he built Old Town (1930), a Pawnee Indian village and museum in which he displayed many of his souvenirs and mementoes. Ink smear at "G". Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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