Buffalo Bill Collection

Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Three-quarter page typewritten letter on Buffalo Bill's letterhead signed by general manager Louie E. Cooke to R.M. Harvey, the show's agent in Minneapolis; dated June 26, 1908. Buffalo Bill Tent No. 80 Circus Fans of America blank Letterhead (ca. 1956). Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Roughriders of the World blank Letterhead (date unknown).

All 215 by 280mm (8 12 by 11 inches). Cooke’s letter with multiple fold marks; three-hole punched; four glue residue spots on back; merely good. Tent No. 80 letterhead with one fold line otherwise very good plus. Congress of Roughriders with multiple fold marks, and thus merely good.

William Frederick Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846–1917) founded his traveling show in 1872. The story of Buffalo Bill spring-boarding his reputation as icon of the American west into a show-star is a defining part of circus history. 

The man who made Buffalo Bill was General Manager Louis E. Cooke (1850–1923). Cooke managed circuses for over 40 years and was known for creating the amicable working relationship between Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. In this letter, Cooke discusses the show’s route with local agent R.M. Harvey.

See Michelle Delaney: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Chapter 2 Cody and Cooke”. 

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Stock Code: 1044A20 Collection: Catalogue:


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