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Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West Poster

Currency:USD Category:Western Americana / Collectibles - Old West Start Price:3,000.00 USD Estimated At:6,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD
Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West Poster
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Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West Poster, 30" x 40", mounted on linen. "Captain Keller's Wonderful Zouave Girls Direct from England..." Poster is in excellent condition with bright, vibrant colors. After courting for two years, Lillie married May Manning in 1886, a petite Quaker from Pennsylvania. She was younger than he, a graduate of Smith College, and the daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia physician. Her parents objected at first to their refined young daughter marrying a cowboy, but eventually they agreed to the union. In 1888, the Lillies launched their own Wild West show, which they called "Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West". May starred in the show as the "Champion Girl Horseback Shot of the West." Their first season was a financial disaster. They re-organized as a smaller operation called "Pawnee Bill’s Historical Wild West Indian Museum and Encampment Show." That show was popular and financially successful. In 1907, Lillie hired performers from a variety of backgrounds. The show included Mexican cowboys, Pawnee, Japanese performers, and Arab jugglers. The ensemble debuted as "Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East Show."[Wikipedia]. Copyright and printing by The Strobridge Litho Co., Cincinatti & New York. A short while later, Pawnee Bill combined shows with Buffalo Bill. The end of the "Buffalo Bill era" was about 1912, as the audience interest waned and the original performers all got older. This is a choice example from a well known New York Collection that once housed more than 50 original Buffalo Bill posters. HWAC# 58865 Date: 1906 Location: