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    William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Gordon W. Lillie Document Signed "W. F. Cody" and "G. W. Lillie". One page, 8.5" x 11", n.d. [ca. 1913], Cincinnati, Ohio, to the United States Lithograph Co. agreeing to "order and purchase from you all our lithographed and printed, pictorial and descriptive advertising matter, excepting dates and small type printed matter, for the season 1913, and, we reserve the option to do the same for the season 1914." The business letter then lists the pricing scale that the two performers were willing to pay. It continues, "Sketches for the various subjects desired to be approved by us. All to be paid for as used. . . . Two seasons shall be allowed us in which to use and pay for the editions we order. No paper will be paid for except such as is authorized to be made by Major Lillie or Col. Cody."

    Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, a very profitable business throughout the 1880s, began to lose money after the turn of the century. Gordon Lillie performed as Pawnee Bill in Pawnee Bill's Wild West and Great Far East Show, a competitor to Buffalo Bill. The two shows merged in 1908 after Lillie became a managing partner in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The show, however, closed in 1913 because of financial problems. With smoothed folds; age-toned and fine. Ex. Richard C. Marohn Collection.


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