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    EARLY WILLIAM FREDERICK CODY (BUFFALO BILL) CABINET PHOTOGRAPH ca. 1870s William F. Cody was a soldier, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in the state of Iowa and was one of the most colorful figures of the old West, and mostly famous for the shows he organized with cowboy and Indian themes. He was also a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Buffalo Bill entered the show business on the east coast. He formed a touring company called the Buffalo Bill Combination which put on plays ("Scouts of the Prairie", "Scouts of the Plain") on his Western adventures, initially with Texas Jack Omohundro, and for one season (1873) with The Famous Wild Bill Hickok. The troupe toured for ten years. His part typically included an 1876 incident at the Warbonnet Creek where he claimed to have scalped a Cheyenne warrior, purportedly in revenge for the death of Custer. Cody put together a new traveling show based on both of those forms of entertainment. In 1883 in Omaha, Nebraska he founded the infamous "Buffalo Bill's Wild West."

    This image is probably from his days as a stage drama player on the East Coast. There is no photographer or back stamp on this rare sepia tone image. Nice color small scrape bottom right corner.


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