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Western culture and adventure

Twenty five is too few, but let's be glad we have at least these! In the panic of the eruption, I try to grab items that span the range of culture and adventure in the West. They are at once practical, artistic, inspirational, and utilitarian.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Niles


1.69.1841
end table | moose | bolted |...
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Exhibit notes: To get us started, consider this table. Functional, and yet SO Western. Also, you can put some of the other items on it while you're saving them.

Museum record: 1.69.1841 | H: 30.784 in, base depth: 24.25 in | Mary Jester Allen Collection | Burned or scratched in script in base of moose antler: Cody | Horn end table of elkhorn with moose horn top. Burned or scratched in script in base of moose antler: Cody. Pieces bolted together. | 1.69.1841 (2).jpg | 1.69.1841.jpg | 1.69.1841v2.jpg | 1.69.1841.JPG | end table | moose | bolted | elk | horn

American Bison
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Exhibit notes: The eruption will instantly kill the 5000 buffalo living in Yellowstone.

Museum record: DRA.305.89 | American Bison | Bison bison | Mammalia | 305.89.jpg

NA.502.165
buffalo skull | horns | brok...
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Exhibit notes: Another remnant of the buffalo. This one is worth saving for the forehead (look closely, or read the description).

Museum record: NA.502.165 | L: 18 in, width: 17.5 in, depth: 7.25 in | Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Buffalo skull; tips of horns and nose broken off; stone arrow point in forehead. | NA.502.165.JPG | buffalo skull | horns | broken | arrow | tip | stone | point | nose

The Unknown
Greeves, Richard | Sculpture...
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Exhibit notes: This is perhaps too large to carry, but let's assume the adrenaline from the eruption makes it possible to carry anything. Then I'm bringing this favorite statue from the courtyard at the Center of the West.

Museum record: 69.86 | 1985 | H: 108 in, width: 92 in, Diameter: 90 in | The Unknown | Gift of Marjorie May Braun through the Braun Foundation | Back: R. Greeves/1985, Lower front: The Unknown, Back: R. Greeves/1985, Back, lower right: (design) | Installed in garden on 6-13-86. Commissioned by Braun Foundation. | 69.86.JPG | 69.86.jpg | 69.86.jpg | Other | monument | Group | Indian | Sculpture | bronze | Greeves, Richard

NA.204.1
Oklahoma | Southern Arapaho ...
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Exhibit notes: This Ghost Dance dress is an example of fine craftsmanship and native culture.

Museum record: NA.204.1 | ca. 1890 | width at shoulders: 33 in | Gift of J.C. "Kid" Nichols | Dress and Adornment - Religious Attire. Ghost dance dress - white buckskin dress, sinew sewn, rectangular strips pieced into shoulders, yoke/sleeves sewn to skirt, triangular extensions sewn at lower side seams to give skirt more flare; self fringe at side seams, added fringe at sleeve ends, self and added fringe at hem. Upper 3/4 of dress is painted blue with blue outlined natural buckskin stars in rows, painted green band separate blue upper dress from bottom 1/4 which is painted yellow-groups of 4 line and circle designs extend into yellow from green band, bottom edge has a red line with triangles pointing up, outlined with blue, triangular extensions have 2 rows of blue dots and 1 row of red dots at bottom. Yoke has laced-in fringe across front and back, fringes are trimmed with mescal seeds, ermine tails and feet, dyed red breath feathers and satin ribbons in fushia, blue, golden yellow on back, red, blue, faded light blue and faded pink on front, front also has an advertising mirror from Herbert Spencer cigars and a sinew wrapped lock of black hair. Four sleeve fringes on each sleeve are trimmed with 3 brass beads, right side fringes have 12 hawk bells, left side fringes have 9 hawk bells tied into them. | NA.204.1.jpg | NA.204.1.JPG | circle | triangles | dots | line | stars | Ghost Dance dress | brass beads | pigments | human hair | mirror | ermine | dyed feathers | silk ribbon | sinew | mescal seeds | brass bells | tanned deer hide | Oklahoma | Southern Arapaho

NA.202.598
South Dakota | Sioux | shirt...
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Exhibit notes: Another fine shirt. This one belonged to Red Cloud.

Museum record: NA.202.598 | 1870s | L: 42.5 in, width: 58 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Dress and Adornment: Daily and/or Festive Adornment. Man's (Red Cloud) -- Deerskin, fringe. Upper portion painted blue, lower portion yellow with yellow, orange and brown lines in between. Triangular tabs on front and back of neck decorated with red and blue wool and beading in white, red, blue, green, turquoise and yellow. Lazy stitch beaded strips over shoulders and on each sleeve. Panels with turquoise diamond designs on dark blue ground also with white, green, yellow, red and pink on strips. Upper portion and sleeves also have small beaded squares in red and pink or turquoise and yellow. Human hair bundles run over shoulders and on sleeves, most dark but some light horse hair bundles. Bundles wrapped with undyed porcupine quills and attached to blue beads. Tabs at bottom on each side decorated with triangular piece of red and blue wool with white, blue and green beaded border. | Book: juvenile, Discovering the Arts, Native American Culture, by Katherine Gleason, Rourke Publishing LLC, Vero Beach, 2006, (received Sept. 2005) | NA.202.598Dk.JPG | NA.202.598view1.JPG | NA.202.598view2.JPG | NA.202.598.jpg | strips | Diamond | triangular | squares | shirt | human hair | Horse Hair | deer hide | Glass seed beads | pigment | porcupine quills | wool | South Dakota | Sioux

NA.202.625
Northern Plains | vest | Bea...
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Exhibit notes: One more item of clothing -- vest is best!

Museum record: NA.202.625 | 1920 | L: 25 in, width: 20.625 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Man's -- Black velveteen with plaid lining. Green cloth binding with amber basket beads. Identical floral design on each side of front in amber and blue basket beads. Floral design on back in amber and blue basket beads. | NA.202.625.JPG | na.202.625v1.jpg | na.202.625v2.jpg | floral | vest | Beads | lining | cloth | velveteen | binding | basket | Northern Plains

NA.202.137
Fort Berthold Indian Reserva...
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Exhibit notes: These moccasins are made from buffalo hide and decorated with beads and porcupine quills.

Museum record: NA.202.137 | ca. 1880 | L: 10.25 in, width: 3.5 in | Gift of Harriet D. Reed and Betty N. Landercasper, In Memory of W. Guruea Dyer. | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Tanned, buffalo hide, wrapped quillwork vamp and double border lane around sides and heel. Wrapped quillwork tie thong. Lazy stitch double bead border lane along bottom edge and one strip up center back. Rawhide soles. | NA.202.137.JPG | Moccasins | porcupine quills | wrapped | buffalo hide | seed | sinew | tanned | glass beads | Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota | Mandan

NA.504.266
Northern Plains | pipe tomah...
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Exhibit notes: This is both a pipe and a tomahawk! Definitely throw it in the "To Save" pile.

Museum record: NA.504.266 | L: 20.125 in, width: 7 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection | Ritual and Recreation: Smoking and Narcotics. Steel triangular curved blade with brass base and pipe bowl all in one piece; wooden handle/stem with a row of brass tacks on the bottom near the blade, hot file marks. | NA.504.266.JPG | na.504.266.jpg | file marks | pipe tomahawk | tacks | brass | wood | triangular | handle | steel | blade | Northern Plains

NA.502.293
Northern Plains | whistle | ...
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Exhibit notes: This is a whistle made of eagle bone and *wrapped* with colored porcupine quills. I didn't know you could wrap quills. It also serves to remind us of the many items tagged "triangular" that we could not save.

Museum record: NA.502.293 | ca. 1900 | L: 7 in, Diameter: .375 in | The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe | Eagle bone whistle wrapped with bands of red, green, and purple porcupine quills. Triangular notch cut 2 ¾" from mouth end (larger). Piece of tanned hide colored red fitted around notch, secured with red thread. Quills and hide secured with a seam running length of whistle on underside. | na.502.293.jpg | whistle | bone | cotton thread | tanned hide | dye | eagle bone | porcupine quills | pigment | Northern Plains

NA.106.558
burden basket | Woven | Red ...
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Exhibit notes: This is a collapsible basket! And something that looks like a sandal. It's not clear why they're together, but they are. If you have trouble carrying everything, use the basket.

Museum record: NA.106.558 | Diameter: 18.5 in | Utensils and Implements - Household. Burden basket - wooden hoop covered with knotted string in plain, red and blue crossed sticks across hoop; oval pad and strap of woven reeds on front. | na.106.558.JPG | na.106.558.jpg | burden basket | Woven | Red | reeds | knotted | sticks | blue | string | wood

NA.503.19
Oklahoma | Montana | Cheyenn...
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Exhibit notes: A bag containing early gamer's dice. It's not too much to carry, and it contains other items! Check out the full record to see them.

Museum record: NA.503.19 | ca. 1880 | bag height: 4 in, bag width: 4.5 in | Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss | Ritual and Recreation, Games and Gambling, Accessories of Games. 49 dice made of fruit pits with lines and dots on surface, some painted, some burnt in; dice in small purse of blue cloth with floral design in white and red; metal closure on bag; blue string handle. two stones. Individual items have numbers. | NA.503.19A-Z24.JPG | na.503.19b.jpg | na.503.19c.jpg | na.503.19d.jpg | na.503.19h.jpg | na.503.19i.jpg | na.503.19j.jpg | na.503.19k.jpg | na.503.19l.jpg | na.503.19m.jpg | na.503.19n.jpg | na.503.19q.jpg | na.503.19r.jpg | na.503.19s.jpg | na.503.19t.jpg | na.503.19u.jpg | na.503.19w.jpg | na.503.19z10.jpg | na.503.19z11.jpg | na.503.19z12.jpg | na.503.19z13.jpg | na.503.19z15.jpg | na.503.19z18.jpg | na.503.19z20.jpg | na.503.19z22.jpg | na.503.19z23.jpg | na.503.19z24.jpg | na.503.19z7.jpg | na.503.19.jpg | na.503.19e.jpg | na.503.19f.jpg | na.503.19g.jpg | na.503.19o.jpg | na.503.19p.jpg | na.503.19v.jpg | na.503.19x.jpg | na.503.19y.jpg | na.503.19z.jpg | na.503.19z14.jpg | na.503.19z16.jpg | na.503.19z17.jpg | na.503.19z19.jpg | na.503.19z2.jpg | na.503.19z21.jpg | na.503.19z3.jpg | na.503.19z4.jpg | na.503.19z5.jpg | na.503.19z6.jpg | na.503.19z8.jpg | na.503.19z9.jpg | floral | dots | lines | dice | purse | metal | string | cloth | fruit pits | Oklahoma | Montana | Cheyenne

NA.203.56
Northern Plains | bracelet |...
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Exhibit notes: Another single item that consists of other items! An arrowhead, beads, and coins.

Museum record: NA.203.56 | ca. 1890 | L: 5.5 in | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment. Wrist bracelet - single strand of blue and white small glass beads with smooth stone, arrowhead, and two coin medallions attached. | NA.203.56.JPG | na.203.56v1.jpg | na.203.56v2.jpg | bracelet | medallions | Beads | arrowhead | stone | glass | White | blue | Northern Plains

NA.205.67
Sioux | headdress | porcupin...
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Exhibit notes: Not your standard headdress. This one starts with a felt hat and adds eagle feathers, horse hair, and other decorative items. Check out the other pictures for a better view.

Museum record: NA.205.67 | ca. 1890 | L: 24 in, H: 16 in | Dress and Adornment - Status Symbols and Insignia of Office. Headdress - brown felt hat; eagle feathers, bases of feathers wrapped with yellow cloth, red dyed horse hair at tips; rawhide strips wrapped with red, orange, white and purple quills attached to front feathers; beaded brow band with triangle pattern in red/white hearts, purple and blue on white ground; four square cloth pouches attached to hat, two inside, two outside. | NA.205.67.JPG | na.205.67v2.jpg | na.205.67v1.jpg | triangle | headdress | porcupine | cloth | eagle | felt | rawhide | horsehair | quills | yellow | red dyed | red/white hearts | Beads | brown | feathers | Sioux

NA.202.394
Sioux | Northern Plains | ca...
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Exhibit notes: An impressive and beloved hat. Bring it both as a symbol of cultural assimilation and as a comfort to any surviving staff of the Center of the West.

Museum record: NA.202.394 | 1984 | H: 4.5 in, L: 10.75 in, width: 7.5 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/or Festive Adornment. Woven plastic, adjustable, billed. Blue with beaded bill and front. Blue, white, orange, red and yellow geometric star and cross design beadwork on light blue ground. Arrow design trim in same colors at the top. Black cloth brow band, mfg. tag - Funkap, large, made in U.S.A. | The Anguish of Snails: Volume 2, Folklore in the West; by Barre Toelken; Utah State University Press, Logan Utah; 2003; page 59 | NA.202.394.JPG | star | geometric | cross | cap | plastic | Beads | seed | billed | nylon | Sioux | Northern Plains

NA.202.90
Northern Plains | Sioux | ha...
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Exhibit notes: A precursor to the beaded trucker had, c. 1900.

Museum record: NA.202.90 | ca. 1900 | H: 6.25 in | Dress and Adornment: Daily And/Or Festive Adornment. Tanned, deer hide, fully beaded in lazy stitch geometric design. Resembles sun hat. | The Anguish of Snails: Volume 2, Folklore in the West; by Barre Toelken; Utah State University Press, Logan Utah; 2003; page 61 | NA.202.90.JPG | na.202.90.jpg | geometric | hat | tanned | Beads | seed | deer | lazy stitch | hide | Northern Plains | Sioux

End of the Trail
Fraser, James Earle | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: End of the Trail. Proud and sad at the same time.

Museum record: 112.67 | ca. 1918-1923 | H: 33.75 in, L: 26 in, Base Width: 6.5 in, Base Length: 20.75 in, width: 8 in | End of the Trail | Clara Peck Purchase Fund | The End of the Trail has appealed to public sentiment since its conception following Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Inspired by the exposition's fusing of the nostalgic with the progressive, Fraser made a windblown and destitute symbol which represented the public's belief in the sad, yet inevitable extinction of the Indian. In 1915 the artist exhibited a monumental version of this subject at the thematically - appropriate site of the Panama - Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, and its popularity led him to make smaller casts such as this one. | Rear Right Side of Base: For my friend/Warren Delano/E Fraser, Rear Left Side of Base: c (circled) Fraser 1918, Left Side of Base: Roman Bronze Works N-Y- [underside of base:] RB 12 | 112.67.jpg | 112.67.JPG | Figure | Indian | Animal | Sculpture | bronze | Fraser, James Earle

Miss Annie Oakley...
A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore | p...
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Exhibit notes: This poster of Annie Oakley will be easy to carry, and she is definitely worth remembering!

Museum record: 1.69.73 | ca. 1890 | sight height: 28.5 in, sight width: 19 in, Frame height: 31.625 in, Frame width: 22 in | Miss Annie Oakley, The Peerless Lady Wing-Shot | Gift of The Coe Foundation | Printed at top: BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST./CONGRESS, ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD, Printed at bottom: MISS ANNIE OAKLEY,/THE PEERLESS LADY WING-SHOT, Printed lower left: 35, Printed lower right: A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, U.S.A. | Four color lithograph poster of Annie Oakley posing with rifle and shooting target balls. | Book: Legends of the West: Annie Oakley; Sara Gilbert; Creative Education; Mankato; 2006; cover; page 33 | 1.69.73.jpg | 1.69.73.jpg | 1.69.73.JPG | rifle | Annie Oakley | poster | lithograph | four color | A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore

1.69.25
firearm
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Exhibit notes: There are already plenty of guns in the world, but this one belonged to Annie Oakley.

Museum record: 1.69.25 | 1905 | Barrel length: 22 in, pull: 13.375 in, overall length: 39.625 in, H: 2.25 in | Gift of Dorothy Stone Collins | Stamped on bottom of receiver: 301670, Top of barrel stamped: MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884, Left rear of barrel stamped: 44 W.C.F., Tang stamped: MODEL 1892/--WINCHESTER--/TRADE MARK, Rubber butt plate embossed: WINCHESTER/REPEATING/ARMS CO. | 1892 Winchester rifle, caliber .44WCF, shotgun butt, half octagon barrel, checkered stock and forearm, engraved with foliate design and big horn ram on left side, elk on right side of receiver. Made for and used by Annie Oakley. | Winchester Model 1892 | .44 WCF | 301670 | 1.69.25v1.jpg | 1.69.25v2.jpg | 1.69.25VIEW1.JPG | 1.69.25VIEW2.JPG | 1.69.25VIEW3.JPG | 1.69.25VIEW4.JPG | 1.69.25.jpg | big horn ram | foliate | elk | firearm | rifle

1.69.69.2
disc | brass
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Exhibit notes: During her show, Annie Oakley would shoot these target coins from the air! This is so small it almost shouldn't count as an item, but it has a tremendous presence.

Museum record: 1.69.69.2 | Aug. 9, 1909 | Diameter: 1.75 in | Gift of Elsa L. Schaffner | Each disc stamped one side: SHOT WITH/A/U.M.C. CARTRIDGE, Each disc stamped on other side: SHOT WITH/A/REMINGTON RIFLE, .1 is signed in ink: Annie/Oakley/Aug. 9, 1909 | Brass disc used for target shooting, a small hole is drilled through top edge, a bullet hole is through the disk. Elsa L. Schaffner watched Annie Oakley shooting targets, at Fred Stone's residence, Amityville, Long Island, New York, on Aug. 9, 1909 when she was a child, picked the above up as souveniers and also saved a newspaper clipping titled `Tells How Annie Oakley Shot Ashes From Kaiser's Cigarette' from the Amityville paper.Brass discs used for target shooting, each has a small hole drilled through top edge. | 1.69.69.2.jpg | disc | brass

1.69.5795.1
jacket | Satin | wool | mach...
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Exhibit notes: Annie Oakley's outfit. After the civilization is rebuilt, this can be used to make an accurate life-sized statue of her.

Museum record: 1.69.5795.1 | 1902-1915 | L: 25.75 in, width: 35.5 in | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Terry MacDonald | Beige/green wool 6-button jacket with satin lining. Jacket has collar, long sleeves and right breast pocket. Sleeves have three buttons with corresponding button holes. Bottom of jacket cuts away to the back. Buttons are all alike, brown, tortoise-shell like. | 1.69.5795.1.jpg | 1.69.5795.1&.2.jpg | jacket | Satin | wool | machine sewn

1988.8.862
Other | calendar | printed |...
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Exhibit notes: We would definitely want to save some things from the Cody Firearms Museum. This calendar is light and easy to pack, but displays a number of products that you probably didn't realize the Winchester company made: knives, hatchets, pliers, fishing equipment, roller skates, ice skates, headlamps, and flashlights, to name a few!

Museum record: 1988.8.862 | 1921 | H: 18.812 in, width: 10 in | Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection | Top: WINCHESTER/MARCA DE FABRICA [Beneath image:] EL VIEJO COMERCIANTE/EN/ARMAS Y MUNCIONES WINCHESTER DE FAMA MUNDAL/PRESENTANDO EL NUEVO RAMO DE PRODUCTOS WINCHESTER/CUCHILLERIA - LAMPARAS ELECTRICAS DE BOLSILLO - UTILES PARA PESCAR - PATINES - HERRAMIENTAS | 1921 Spanish calendar with image of a man holding a gun dislpaying edged weapons, tools, guns, ammunition, fishing equipment, roller skates, and flashlights on a red blanket. Inscription beneath image. Calendar is turned to January. | 1988.8.862.JPG | 1988.8.862.jpg | ammunition | flashlight | axe | roller skates | tools | Spanish | guns | Man | fishing poles | Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven Conn. U.S.A. | Other | calendar | printed | paper

American/Cowboy
Courier Litho. Co., Buffalo,...
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Exhibit notes: We must save at least one poster from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. This one is not too big (only about 4 feet wide) and includes detail of various parts of his show.

Museum record: 1.69.425 | ca. 1896 | sight height: 28.125 in, sight width: 41.625 in, Frame height: 29.625 in, Frame width: 43.125 in, frame depth: 1.5 in | American/Cowboy | Printed left center: American/Cowboy, Printed at top: Buffalo Bill's Wild West/and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, Printed LR: Copyright/1896/Courier(Courier underlined)/Litho. Co./Buffalo/N.Y. and No. 1610 | Original colored lithograph poster, multi-scene dealing with cowboys in Wild West Show. | Book (juvenile): Wings Freestyle, Cowboy Country by Una Stewart, Alinea, Copenhagen, 2004, page 24 | 1.69.425.jpg | 1.69.425.JPG | 1.69.425.jpg | cowboys | Wild West Show | poster | original colored | lithograph | Courier Litho. Co., Buffalo, New York

1.69.2112
U.S. Lithograph Russell-Morg...
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Exhibit notes: I couldn't resist including this poster: Rough Riders of the World in a Grand Ethnological Congress! The same tenacious and inspiring spirit we call Western is present in every culture.

Museum record: 1.69.2112 | 1910 | width: 39.625 in, H: 13.75 in | Gift of Carl Downing | Buffalo Bill's Wild West/Pawnee Bill's Far East/The Rough Riders of the World in a Grand Ethnological Congress/ Representing the Types, Tribes, Feats and Skills of All Nations | Lithograph `banner' poster, mounted portraits of BB & PB, center; Carl Downing was a cowboy in BBWW. Condition: Dirty, lined in brown paper, tears & creasing, border trimmed image loss, (C). Origin: BBWW adv. Gift of Carl Downing | 1.69.2112.jpg | 1.69.2112.JPG | Wild West Show | poster | four color | lithograph | U.S. Lithograph Russell-Morgan Print, Cincinnati-NY