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    Photograph of the Buffalo Bill Group in Front of Wanamaker's Department Store, Philadelphia, 1908. 8" x 10", W. N. Jennings Photography, Philadelphia studio mark on the verso. The photograph is captioned in the negative: "Buffalo Bill Group/ Philadelphia/ 1908". The image features "Buffalo Bill" Cody seated in the midst of performers from his famous Wild West Show. This photograph was likely a result of the first Wanamaker Expedition, a series of three so called expeditions in 1908, 1909, and 1913 sponsored by Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, to raise consciousness with respect to the American Indian before the "race" vanished from the countryside. The level of Cody's involvement in these expeditions is a bit hard to gauge. Cody's reputation as a scout and Indian fighter would seem to put him at odds with the core purpose of gaining citizenship and voting rights for Native Americans. However, it was held that Cody's promotion of the old ways of the Wild West and his portrayal of Indians enhanced awareness of the native culture. The image has a few trivial stains, otherwise is in very good condition.

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    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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