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    Buffalo Bill Wild West: Sheet Music Souvenirs. These three pieces are reminders not only of Buffalo Bill's popularity but also of how people of the time made their own music. "Buffalo Bill Polka" was composed by May Ostlere to commemorate the Wild West show's appearance in England as part of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was published in London with a superb four-color lithograph portrait of Buffalo Bill, 13-1/4" x 9-7/8". There are slight tape stains, staples, and water staining on the bottom not affecting the image. Buffalo Bill's bandmaster William Sweeney wrote "The Two Bills March Two Step" for the Wild West Cowboy Band. The two-color lithograph cover with portraits of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill, 13-3/4" x 10-3/4", was published in New York in 1912. Condition is excellent. The "Special Song Book" published for Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill in Chicago in 1912 contains a selection of popular music. Sold as a souvenir at the show, the printing and paper standards were lower than for the sheet music, so it is somewhat fragile. But as a consequence, few examples survive.


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