Tom Mix Circus and Wild West. One typed and signed full-page letter from Floyd King, manager of Cole Bros. and Clyde Beatty's; dated June 30, 1935. Two blank Tom Mix letterheads (ca. 1930-1939). 215 by 280mm (8 1/2 by 11 inches). One Tom Mix envelope (ca. 1937). Three Tom Mix tickets (1934, 1935 and ca. 1920). Floyd King letter glued on card stock and browning (previously folded).
Two of the tickets glued on paper. Tom Mix letterhead and envelope very good plus. Tom Mix (1880–1940) was Hollywood’s first western star, appearing in 291 movies. He helped define the Western genre and marketed his circus with movies and vice versa.
Although Mix was the star, Floyd King was king of the American circus. Long-term manager for Jess Adkins and Zack Terrell (Cole Bros. and Clyde Beatty’s), he was also an owner, operator, and manager of his own shows. In this letter he writes to the assistant manager of Tom Mix Circus, “[Y]ou boys gave the Barnes Circus plenty of headaches… [T]he name Tom Mix is Magic.” Perhaps King had an eye towards expanding the Adkins/Terrell empire with the famous Tom Mix show, as Mix suffered financial challenges in the early 1930’s.
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