Lot 141: Amazing second-generation 16mm film of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Single roll of silent black-and-white film is stored on one 10.5? diameter reel with a running time of 29:30. Most likely filmed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1907–1908, this film is shot from an audience member's perspective very close to the action. Film contains 12 separate acts from the show, each introduced with a title card, including displays of horsemanship and marksmanship, dramatic battle reenactments, and Native Americans in elaborate costumes. Opening title card reads, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show / Copyright No. 1, Unpublished 2976 / June 22, 1950," and the acts introduced include: "Grand Review," "Johnny Baker Champion Marksman," "Col. Cody Hunting Buffalo," "Col. Cody on Horseback Shooting Glass Balls," "Football on Horseback Indians vs. Cowboys," and "Final Review." In fine condition. Accompanied by a digital copy of film made by using a digital camera to record the film as it plays.
The original film was part of the collection at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming, and was transferred to 16mm in the 1940s and 50s for the purpose of preservation when the original film began to deteriorate. Two copies were made, one given to the museum and one to the Cody Family Association. This particular copy was that given to the family, and originates from the Patsy Garlow Collection of William F. Cody Family Photographs, originally sold at the auction of belongings of Cody's last surviving child, Irma Louise Cody Garland. This very film was used by Cody's grandson, Fred Garlow, during lectures he gave on the life of Cody. The canister retains its original label, as well as Fred Garlow's name and address. A fantastic look at the show that made Buffalo Bill an international celebrity. Please email Tricia.Eaton@RRAuction.com if you are interested in viewing a clip of the video.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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