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    Annie Oakley and Frank Butler: A Wonderful 1891 Christmas Card from the Famous Pair. Annie and Frank sent Christmas greetings to family and a wide circle of friends each year. Christmas 1891 was special, though. The Butlers were home from Europe for the first time in over a year. Annie's triumphs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West and her public shooting exploits (this in an era when shooting vied to be the nation's second-favorite spectator sport after horse-racing) had made her one of the most famous women in America. So Frank and Annie created a special greeting, one that incorporated one of Frank's verses along with illustrations that suggested Annie's public persona as a western girl. The two cards are accompanied by the original ribbon which bound them together along with a mistaken note from Ripley's Believe it or Not. Annie's Christmas card is extremely rare; only one other is known for sure and is in a public collection. Some age browning, otherwise excellent condition. Original red silk ribbon. Each panel 4.5" x 4". This lot will be accompanied by a family letter of provenance.

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