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    Johnny Baker Photographic Heritage Group. A group of photographs, ranging from circa 1920-1948, relating to Johnny Baker and his family. Lewis H. "Johnny" Baker was the unofficial foster son of Bill Cody, and joined Cody's Buffalo Bill's Wild West show at the age of 15. Baker was extremely devoted to Cody and became a fixture in both Cody's life and in the show as "the Cowboy Kid."

    Heading this grouping is a beautiful photo Portrait of Della Cody Baker, Johnny Baker's elder daughter. 6" x 8" and mounted on a 8.5" x 13.5" card, taken by Van Goetz of North Platte, Nebraska, circa 1920. The portrait has some light wear and scuffs, but this does not diminish the overall appearance. Della was born in London during the Wild West's triumphal return to England in 1892 to equestrienne Della Farrell, Johnny Baker's first wife. With it, most likely a gift to her sister, Gladys, is a substantial Portrait Gold Pin, one inch in diameter, with a miniature orotone portrait of Della. The pin has gold spiraling detailing around edge and is held in a celluloid jewelry case.

    Two booklets complete this grouping: a first edition (1948) of Agnes Wright Spring's "Buffalo Bill and His Horses" (part of the cover is torn or cut off); and a 1933 souvenir album in like-new condition with ten 8" x 10" photos of the Buffalo Bill Museum. Light aging throughout collection, else very fine.
    note: Read more about Della Baker in our extended description on the website. For more information about the Johnny Baker Archive, please click here.


    More Information: Della lived most of her adult life in Illinois.  Her father and sister made sure she stayed current with family matters in Denver and also, importantly, with progress on the museum to Buffalo Bill built by Johnny Baker on Lookout Mountain above Denver.  Along with two splendid 8" x 10" portraits of Johnny Baker with his granddaughter, and an 11" x 8.5" photograph of her brother-in-law William White with her niece, there are two highly interesting and unusual black and white 8" x 10" photographs of Johnny Baker in the newly completed Buffalo Bill Museum.  The museum was created by Baker in honor of his foster father and opened in 1921.  Prominently displayed on the wall is the large oil of Buffalo Bill on his horse Isham commissioned by Baker from Colorado artist Robert Lindneux.


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