31 results for “Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917”

Front cover of program for Buffalo Bill and Captain Jack in _Life on the Border_

A playbill from the five act play entitled, Life on The Border performed at the Dietz Opera House in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, June 13, 1877. Buffalo Bill Cody and Captain Jack Crawford played themselves, dramatizing their western experiences.

Date
1877
Subjects
Theater
Places
West (U.S.)
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Crawford, Jack, 1847-1917
Advertisement for Buffalo Bill's Wild West

One of many posters advertising William Cody's Wild West Show as a re-enactment of Euro-American conflict with American Indians.

Date
April 27, 1893
Subjects
Advertising
Wild west shows
World's Columbian Exposition
Places
Chicago (Ill.)
West (U.S.)
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Cover of program for Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World

A program from Cody's Wild West Show at the World's Columbian Exposition. These dramatic open air performances highlighted the horse riding and shooting skills of Euro-American and American Indian performers, and claimed to recreate historical events such as the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Date
1893
Subjects
Theater
Wild west shows
Places
Chicago (Ill.)
West (U.S.)
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Title page and frontispiece to William F. Cody's _Story of the Wild West and Camp-Fire Chats_

Buffalo Bill Cody put himself in company with older iconic frontier figures in offering tales of the “Pioneer Quartette:” Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson and himself. In addition to the dramatic battle scenes depicted in the frontispiece, the title page promised an account of Cody's “conquests” as a performer in England.

Creator
Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917
Date
1888
Subjects
Wild west shows
Places
West (U.S.)
People
Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868
Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836
Cover of _Buffalo Bill With General Custer_

Prentiss Ingraham, a prolific dime novel writer, worked briefly as an advance agent for Buffalo Bill's show in the 1880s, and wrote hundreds of cheap popular novels about Buffalo Bill.

Creator
Ingraham, Prentiss, 1843-1904
Date
1914
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876
Buffalo Bill's Duel With Yellow Hand

Buffalo Bill interrupted his stage career in 1876 to become an army scout. He took the scalp of a Cheyenne warrior, Yellow Hair, whose name was mistranslated as Yellow Hand. Cody incorporated this story into his performances when he returned to the stage, and displayed Yellow Hand's scalp as a mark of authenticity.

Date
1881
Subjects
Battle of the Little Bighorn
Cheyenne Indians
Frontier and pioneer life
Places
Great Plains
West (U.S.)
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Yellow Hand, 1850?-1876
Photograph of Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill

A photograph of Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill as they appeared in the Wild West Show while in Montreal, Canada. In the 1870s, Sitting Bull led Sioux resistance to Euro-American settlement on the northern Great Plains, most notably defeating the U.S. Army at the Battle of Little Big Horn. After the defeat of the Sioux, Sitting Bull was confined to his reservation home except for his brief tour with William Cody's Wild West Shows in which he played himself.

Creator
Notman, William
Date
ca. 1885
Subjects
Indians of North America
Theater
Wild West Shows
Places
Montréal, Quebec
People
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
Sitting Bull, 1834?-1890
A Squad of Genuine Cuban Insurgents

When the United States declared war on Spain in 1898 it was in part to support the independence movement in Cuba. For William Cody, the good-versus-evil struggle in Cuba mirrored the dramas of western combat he regularly presented in his Wild West Shows.

Creator
Courier Litho. Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
Date
1898
Subjects
Empire
Wild west shows
Death of Custer

Decades after Custer's death, Pawnee Bill (Gordon W. Lillie), like Buffalo Bill, found commercial success in reenacting a stylized vision of frontier victimization.

Creator
Siegel, Cooper & Co.
Date
c. 1905
Subjects
Indians of North America
Theater
Visions of history
People
Pawnee Bill, 1860-1942
Souvenir program from Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West

As William F. Cody had adopted the persona of Buffalo Bill, in the 1890s Gordon William Lillie adopted the name Pawnee Bill and started his own wild west show.

Date
ca. 1890
Subjects
Wild west shows
Places
West (U.S.)
People
Pawnee Bill, 1860-1942