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    Buffalo Bill's Wild West and the Russian Cossacks (Enquirer Lithography, 1898). Poster (27" X 41") and Snipe (30" X 6.5").
    A quite rare Buffalo Bill Wild West poster for his famous "Cossack" trick equestrian riders. This is a very historically important poster as it now is seen as one of Buffalo Bill's most successful "Ballyhoo's." In reality, the riders were actually Georgian peasants from the mountain villages, recruited in 1892 with a very different heritage and culture than 'Cossacks." Ever the expedient showman, with the wave of a fountain pen, Georgian peasants became 'Cossacks.' But to understand the shrewdness of Buffalo Bill in giving the world what they wanted to see, we need to reflect that at his hand, many gentle Sioux became wild "Apaches" (and every single one of them a Chief!), all Asiatic women became "Princesses", and routine US Army horsemen became "Colonels," (and the list goes one.) The "Cossacks" became legitimate overnight sensations and were even sent for to perform for the Queen of England before they left for the US from where they performed from 1893 until WWI. A review in a Philadelphia newspaper in April of 1893 stated: "They stood in the saddle, on their feet and on their hands and kicked their legs as the horses flew madly around." The act was extremely popular, and this beautiful stone lithograph shows four of their best equestrian tricks. Some minor condition defects have been rendered invisible with quality restoration and top linenbacking. There were small chips in the crossfold separations, a tear in the top left just into the art, a small tear in the top "l" of Buffalo, and small chips in three borders. The interior art needed very little touchup. A companion piece to this poster in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wy., is dated 1898, and is from the same Enquirer Job Printing Co. We do know that the poster was used as late as 1903, when Buffalo Bill once again toured Liverpool from 4 May to 23 May. Also within this lot is a paper "snipe" which was originally attached to the bottom of the poster. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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