Buffalo Bill's Wild West bison paper toy

Buffalo Bill's Wild West bison paper toy

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Hand-cut paper toy printed with an illustration of bison running, 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)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 4 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
2012.0071.31
accession number
2012.0071
catalog number
2012.0071.31
subject
West
Wild West Shows
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Popular Entertainment
Exhibition
Entertainment Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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