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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders, Poster by Hoen

Lithographed poster, 29.5 x 26.25 in., featuring a large map of the world with several destinations of Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders, including: the United States, England, Ireland, Holland, Spain, France, and more. All four corners feature colorful scenes from the show, headlining acts, and venues. A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, MD, 1894. Conserved and linen backed. 

By 1894, Buffalo Bill had established himself as one of the greatest Wild West showman in the world. Two years earlier, he entered into a partnership with Nate Salsbury and created the Congress of the Rough Riders. The Rough Riders combined mounted military troops, cowboys, and American Indians who performed impressive drills, recreated dramatic battles, and executed difficult trick riding skills. In the late 1890s the show had as many as 500 cast and staff members and costs were as high as $4,000 per day to operate. To manage the operation, the show generated its own electricity and staffed its own fire department. Performers lived in wall tents during long stands or slept in railroad sleeping cars when the show moved daily (https://centerofthewest.org/learn/western-essays/wild-west-shows/).

Condition:

Linen backed with some repaired tears. 

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
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