WILLIAM F. "BUFFALO BILL" CODY - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED 1908 - HFSID 300027
"BUFFALO BILL" CODY Remarkable panoramic postcard foldout of Cody with the cast of his Wild West show in 1908. Signed as "W. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill'", it was part of the extensive collection of Cody's nephew, Ed Goodman. Photograph signed: "W. F. Cody/'Buffalo Bill'/1908". B/w, 6x3½, opening to 25x6.
Sale Price $4,080.00
"BUFFALO BILL" CODY
Remarkable panoramic postcard foldout of Cody with the cast of his Wild West show in 1908. Signed as "W. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill'", it was part of the extensive collection of Cody's nephew, Ed Goodman.
Photograph signed: "W. F. Cody/'Buffalo Bill'/1908". B/w, 6x3½, opening to 25x6. Printed caption: Buffalo Bill's Wild West. William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) earned the name "Buffalo Bill" for killing thousands of buffalo as a hired hunter in 1867 and 1868. Cody had begun his Wild West career herding cattle at age nine. Five years later, he became the Pony Express' youngest rider. Throughout the Civil War, Cody worked as a government scout, extracting from life and the West all it had to offer. His western notoriety grew with his adventures, including those during the Sioux War, in which he purportedly fought a duel with Chief Yellow Hand. Cody's theatrical career was launched that same year with his re-enactments of such Indian battles. By 1883, he formed his first Wild West spectacle, becoming a master showman who toured internationally until 1903. In 1893, his Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World show hit its high point during the Columbian Exposition and World's Fair in Chicago. The Wild West, which featured thrilling "battles" between cowboys and Indians and amazing shooting demonstrations by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, drew six million paid customers during its five-month run and exceeded $1,000,000 in profits. In 1908, the year he signed this postcard, Cody teamed up with his old rival, "Pawnee Bill" Lillie for a combined "two Bills" show. The photo was signed for Edward Robert Goodman (1868-1949), the son of Cody's older sister Julia Cody Goodman. Ed Goodman worked on Cody's Wild West Show for two years (1886-1888), leaving with a glowing letter of recommendation. Maintaining a lifelong friendship with Buffalo Bill and other members of the Show, including Annie Oakley, he was close by when Cody died in Denver in 1917. Goodman became a major collector of Western memorabilia, especially items associated with his uncle Bill. Goodman's meticulously preserved and documented collection remained in his family, and is only now being offered for sale. Worn. Six vertical folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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