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    Pawnee Bill: Group of Seven Souvenirs. Pawnee Bill group. Gordon W. Lillie, "Pawnee Bill" (1860-1942), grew up in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and toured in the early 1880s with Buffalo Bill as a translator for the Pawnee Indians in the Wild West. He later started his own show and met with enough success that he could build his famous "Buffalo Ranch" near Pawnee, Oklahoma. As Buffalo Bill's partner from 1908 to 1913, he brought much needed capital into the show as well as a sure managerial hand. He retired from show business after 1913, but despite his success as a banker and businessman, he never lost his desire for the limelight. This and the next group span his several careers
    First is the Pawnee Bill's Wild West Route Book for 1898. Like Buffalo Bill's, it includes lots of names and statistics as well as a highly entertaining daily diary. This copy is worn but fully intact. Perhaps the most unusual (and for a collector of American Indian artifacts, the most practical) is an undated (c.1930) richly illustrated 24-page catalogue for Pawnee Bill's Indian Trading Post -- "If it was made by an Indian, we have it." Besides wholesaling eagle feathers and other goods, Pawnee Bill also served as sort of a show business casting agent -- "We also furnish Indians for celebrations and show purposes."
    Pawnee Bill's Christmas card for 1939 has a stamped signature, but the envelope features the return address in his own hand. There is also a photo card showing Lillie at his ranch.Finally, there are five pieces of promotional paper for an unusual enterprise, "Pawnee Bill's Pony Club" with information about how youngsters can earn a pony by selling magazines and other products. Included is a booklet which was provided to the interested kids, "Life Story of Pawnee Bill," published in Topeka in 1916.

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