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Irma Cody's Wild West Show Album 

6.625 x 9.5 in. paper album with maroon covers, containing 65 photographs, most mounted recto/verso on pages protected by tissue guards. A typed label taped to the album cover outlines the contents as follows: Misc. Show pictures: Indians, Performers; "Burlington Station" Cody Passenger Car. Buffalo Bill on horseback and in carriage. Most images are 3.625 x 4.75 in. prints featuring Wild West Show performers congregating among their tents, including Buffalo Bill, with a few shots capturing a practice or performance; the final 12 photographs are 2.25 x 7 in. panoramic prints of a ranch and Western scenes. 

The album features the following highlights: 10 photographs of Buffalo Bill, including several views of him on horseback during a performance,as well as shots of Cody standing near or seated in a carriage. A nice family snapshot of Cody with his wife, Louisa, his daughter Irma, and a gentleman who may be one of the show's managers, possibly A.E. Sheible or J.M. Burke.

Also included are 2 snapshots of a young woman who appears to be none other than "Little Sure Shot" herself, Annie Oakley, with one view of Oakley standing outside a tent with rifle in hand and another action shot capturing Oakley in mid-air, leaping over a table; 4 photographs of a mustachioed gentleman who is likely Don Vincente Oropeza, one of the Wild West Show's chief vaqueros who brought trick roping to the United States and is credited with teaching Will Rogers how to rope; a single view of the Wild West Show manager Nate Salsbury with cigar in hand; at least 10 photographs featuring American Indian performers, both young and old, including a snapshot of Chief Iron Tail, one of the show's featured performers, standing with Irma Cody; various images of sideshow performers from a sword swallower to little people, the highlight being 2 photographs of Lavinia Warren, the wife of General Tom Thumb; snapshots of additional performers, ranging from cavalrymen to Russian Cossacks to musicians, along with live buffalo. The album also contains a view of the Cody railroad car.  

Provenance: Descended directly in the family of William F. Buffalo Bill Cody


Very light, scattered soiling to images. Overall, tones remain very good.

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Irma Cody's Wild West Show Album

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Jan 31, 2014
Cincinnati, OH, USA