A pair of Buffalo Bill Cody illustrated advertising envelopes, one publicizing “Buffalo Bill’s Own Book,’ Story of the Wild West and Camp Fire Chats, the other, his Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. Col. William F. Cody

A pair of Buffalo Bill Cody illustrated advertising envelopes, one publicizing “Buffalo Bill’s Own Book,’ Story of the Wild West and Camp Fire Chats, the other, his Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. Col. William F. Cody

Boston, New York, and Philadelphia: 1888 and 1895. Envelope or Cover.

The cover promoting Cody’s book, Story of the Wild West and Camp Fire Chats, features a portrait of dapper Cody. It is franked with a three-cent green Washington stamp (Scott #213) postmarked with a Philadelphia duplex handstamp dated July 18, 1888.

The cover advertising Cody’s Wild West features portraits of both Cody and the show’s Vice-President, Nate Salsbury under bold, ornate text proclaiming “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.” It is franked with a two-cent carmine Washington stamp (Scott #250) postmarked with a Boston flag cancellation dated June 12, 1895. Both are in nice shape with some light edge toning; top backflap removed from the envelope advertising “Buffalo Bill’s Own Book.”.

Very good. Item #009571

In 1893, Cody expanded and renamed his western show to become Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. In addition to his successful western acts featuring the Army, cowboys, and American Indians, he added horse-riding bands of Turks, gauchos, Arabs, Mongols, and Georgians replete with their colorful traditional costumes. Together they engaged in races, feats of skills and sideshows. He also featured famous westerners including Sitting Bull, Calamity Jane, and sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. His cast staged mammoth re-enactments in each show including, Pony Express rides, wagon train attacks, stage coach robberies, and Custer’s Last Stand. About this time, the economy soured and Cody need to raise cash to keep his Wild West afloat, he was tricked into selling it to the owners of the Sells Floto Circus, after which he became little more than a figurehead employee until it went bankrupt in 1913.

Price: $300.00

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