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    Wildfire (Theatrical Poster, c. 1906-1908). One Sheet (28" X 41"). This is an extremely rare theatrical poster for one of Lillian Russell's greatest stage hits. It would be filmed in 1915 by William A. Brady's World Pictures. Russell, one of the true celebrated beauties of the American stage, was almost as famous for her off-stage theatrics, with legendary affairs with 'Diamond' Jim Brady (40 years!) and Sandow the Strongman, to name only two. When Alexander Graham Bell introduced long distance telephone service on May 8th, 1890, her voice was the first carried over the line. Sports collectors will recognize the title. It became the nickname of the Chicago Cubs first MVP, slugging right fielder Frank Schulte, after he saw her in this play in Mississippi and was so impressed with it that he named one of his trotting horses "Wildfire." The sports writers picked the story up and called him "Wildfire" Schulte from that time on. The poster only has slight edge wear, a small chip in the lower left border, and a small punch mark in the forehead and the lower left. A beautiful stone litho with original color. Rolled, Very Fine+.

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