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W.F. Cody / Buffalo Bill Dual Signed Vintage Postcard, Superb Presentation

Vintage color postcard 2x signed by American frontiersman William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) as "W.F. Cody 'Buffalo Bill'" along the top. Also inscribed by Cody as "To Chas. Trego / Jr. / 1908" just underneath. The postcard shows Cody on horseback, after an 1889 original oil painting by French artist Rosa Bonheur. Cody's facsimile signature appears at lower left, as does the name of the artwork and the artist at bottom. Light scattered soiling and edge wear, else near fine. 3.5" x 5.5". Matted and framed behind glass in a gorgeous mahogany finished frame with raised ivy decoration along the edges. Not examined out of frame. The overall frame size is: 11.375" x 13.5" x .75". Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

Cody dedicated this souvenir to a relative of his longtime friend Charles Trego (1859-1925). Trego, a cowboy in his own right, had served as foreman of Cody's ranches in Nebraska and Wyoming. A full-size bronze sculpture of Trego entitled "The Cowboy" was cast by Frederic Remington and can still be seen today in Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania.

"Buffalo Bill" Cody's real life experiences informed his incredibly popular "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show. This colorful traveling circus featured Cowboys, Indians, Bandits, and other motley characters. Performers like Sitting Bull and Calamity Jane reenacted famous events, staged stunts and tricks, raced on horseback, and circled their Conestoga wagons to the dazzled delight of American and European crowds. The show performed between 1883 and Cody's death in 1917. Before he was an entrepreneurial showman, Cody served as a Union soldier in the Civil War, Pony Express rider, scout, Indian fighter, and professional hunter. Cody allegedly earned his moniker "Buffalo Bill" by the ease with which he slayed thousands of the beasts of the Plains. Cody was seldom seen without "Lucrezia Borgia", his Springfield Model 1866 rifle.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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