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William F. Cody with Sister Julia, Very Rare Pose by

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William F. Cody with Sister Julia, Very Rare Pose by Prince, New York 

Silver gelatin photograph, 7.25 x 9.25 in., on 12.5 x 15 in. mount with recto imprint of Prince Studio, 31 Union Square New York/ Gessford & Van Brunt, Proprietors. A lovely, never-before-seen studio portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody glancing over notes with his older sister Julia Melvina Cody Goodman (1843-1928).

Born in LeClair, Iowa in 1843, Julia Cody Goodman lost her father Isaac at the young age of 14 and had to help in caring for her younger siblings. Within another 6 years, her mother Mary Ann passed away, and Julia and her brother, William, were made guardians of the younger children in the Cody family. In 1862, Julia married James Alvin Goodman at Leavenworth, Kansas, and she went on to raise a large family of her own. She spent 16 years at Scouts Rest in North Platte, and after the death of her husband, Julia took charge of the Hotel Irma which Buffalo Bill had opened in the new town of Cody, Wyoming. She had a keen interest in the Cody family and spent time visiting various family members throughout the country. Julia died in Honolulu, Hawaii in October of 1928, but is buried in North Platte, Nebraska.  

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


Photograph in near excellent condition; mount with few light spots and marks.
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