54 results for “Wild West Show”

Annie Oakley

The sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was born Phoebe Ann Moses to a poor Ohio farming family. To feed and support her family she learned to trap and shoot, and later performed shooting tricks on stage. She became a regular part of William Cody's Wild West Show in 1885. This portrait from 1899 suggests how Oakley stretched the conventional roles for women in the late 19th century as an expert shooter, although she always wore a skirt and rode sidesaddle in deference to audiences expectations.

Creator
Fox, Richard, K.
Date
1899
Subjects
Gender and society
Theater
Wild West Show
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
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
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
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
Wild Rivalries of Savage, Barbarous and Civilized Races

Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show highlighted the horse-riding traditions of many countries, while always depicting white Americans as the most advanced. The three-way division of races between “savage” (Indians), “barbarous” (non-Christian), and “civilized” (white Europeans) was a common feature of racialist thinking at the turn of the 20th century.

Creator
Courier Litho. Co.
Date
c . 1896
Subjects
Race
Wild west shows
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
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 "Wild West Galop for Piano"

William Cody's Wild West Shows inspired this piece of piano music from the late 1880s.

Creator
D. Emerson
Date
1888
Subjects
Sheet music
Places
West (U.S.)
Gilpin's Hydrographic Map of North America

William Gilpin moved west from Philadelphia in the 1830s, and became an indefatigable promoter of the West as a lecturer, writer, and as editor of the Missouri Daily Argus. He saw America as destined to become the center of the next great phase of civilization, and saw the Mississippi Valley as the heart of that civilization. Gilpin's 1848 hydrographic map enlarged the Mississippi basin and pushed the Rocky Mountains west of their actual position. In 1861 he became the first governor of the Colorado Territory.

Creator
Gilpin, William, 1813-1894
Date
1848