Monday, March 23, 2009
A Wild West Atlantic Crossing
When William Frederick Cody, aka Buffalo Bill, took his Wild West Show to London, Queen Victoria loved it so, she attended the four hour show three times. The above picture is of the entire cast, making the Atlantic crossing for their 1887 appearance in England. The show consisted of a mock stagecoach attack, Indian war dances, and trick ropers, riders and shooters. Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane all starred and the entourage included a contingent of western wild animals, as well.
By the time of their London show, Cody, a former Army and prairie scout and buffalo hunter, had become an internationally famous Western icon whose name was synonymous with the Wild West
He and his adventures were a recurring theme of dime novels into the 20th century. The picture below is of one such dime novel, published in 1906. Both images are courtesy of the Library of Congress archives.