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    Group of Wild West Behind-the-Scenes Photographs. The most unusual of all Wild West photographs are those taken from the perspective of cast and crew. Two small but exceptional images show us glimpses of the behind-the-scenes work. One, 2" x 2", of arena director Johnny Baker, and another, 2" x 4", of Buffalo Bill on horseback behind the canvas with two warbonneted warriors. Is the scene over? Or is the action about to begin? This is a stunning and unique view of a celebrated but unusual performance of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West. In 1908 he treated the prisoners of New York's Auburn Penitentiary to an abbreviated version of the show. A famous photograph, 5" x 7", circa 1908, shows Cody and his crew in front of hundreds of inmates gathered in the prison courtyard. Here, the photographer has snuck around the back to take this candid shot of a cowboy looking over the heads of the (literally) captive audience.

    Another image, 3.25" x 4.25", shows Johnny Baker with three crew members. Baker was an amiable man, but could be a demanding boss behind the scenes. This grouping is completed by a classic shot, 5" x 7", of Buffalo Bill in his Studebaker phaeton harnessed to a matched team: "Buffalo Bill Still Holds the Reins." All of the images have varying amounts of mounting remnants attacked on verso or at the corners of the images, likely all of the images were taken from a scrapbook. Light toning, but all of the photographs are clear and detailed. For more information about the Johnny Baker Archive, please click here.


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    December, 2017
    2nd Saturday
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