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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Stuck Up: 1898

Stuck Up: 1898

June 23, 1898. Niagara Falls, New York. "A Hold Up. Pawnee Bill's Wild West Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pawnee Bill

Years ago I had an occasion to visit Pawnee, Oklahoma, and tour Pawnee Bill's home and museum.

A striking memory is the tale of his young son who was about seven when he accidentally hanged himself on a tower in the back yard.

In September 1936, driving back to his ranch from Tulsa, Pawnee Bill wrecked his car. His wife, May, died as a result of her injuries and Pawnee Bill never fully recovered. He died in 1942. More here.

Where's the Instruments

This is a band of outlaws and the guy at the top right is the band leader.

If you're looking for the gold

I'd check under the hat of the guy in the middle of the top deck (or should that be centre stage).

The guy on the back of the roof

... shot a theater curtain and had it made into a coat.

Setup

I dunno, something about it looks staged!

In the day

My grandfather knew Pawnee Bill, not through the Wild West show but in livestock ranching operations in later years in Oklahoma. Grandpa and Grandma once attended a large party on the grounds of Pawnee Bill's ranch house, where, the story goes, the especially wide front door was built that way to eventually accommodate Bill's coffin.

No One Noticed

This photo was ... staged.

Mules

Mules... not horses, if I am any judge of semi-horseflesh.

The Ears Have It

That may be a horse that moved, but it looks like mules that stayed still.

Cut! Take 2

The horse moved.

 
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