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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Indian paper toy

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Indian paper toy

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Description (Brief)
Hand-cut paper toy printed with an illustration of an American Indian holding a rifle, part of a child's play set of chromolithograph cutout toys representing characters from the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. Figures in the 41-piece set include William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, trick riders, American Indian performers, steer, buffaloes, bulls, horses, and the Deadwood stagecoach. Produced on a set of sheets by McLoughlin Brothers, publishers of children’s books and board games, the cards were cut out and mounted on wooden bases. They could be arranged to re-create two well-known acts from Cody’s enormously popular production. One group of figures enacts “The Capture of the Deadwood Mail,” a gunfight over a stagecoach between mounted Native Americans and cowboys. The other group displays the show’s buffalo hunt.
Object Name
paper toy
date made
ca 1890
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
glue (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Wild West Shows
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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