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  COLORFUL, LITHOGRAPHED POSTER FROM COL. TIM McCOY’S “WILD WEST SHOW & ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD” EXTRAVAGANZA, DEPICTING “THE INDIAN VILLAGE,” 1936-1938
Dimensions (inches): frame - 27.75" x 34.25", site size - 18.75" x 25.25"
Description:
Half-sheet, horizontal broadside, made to advertise Col. Tim McCoy’s “Wild West Show & Rough Riders of the World” extravaganza. The colorfully lithographed design features “The Indian Village” portion of the production.

Tim McCoy (b. 1891, d. 1978) was a soldier, cowboy, and actor, and an expert in Native American life. He served in both World Wars and was given the rank of brevet brigadier general at the age of 28, while serving as adjutant general in the State of Wyoming. McCoy was one of the youngest to achieve such a rank in the history of the U.S. Army.

His experience in film began in 1922, shortly after WWI (U.S. involvement 1917-18), and continued until 1936. In addition to starring in movies, he orchestrated American Indian extras and produced a stage show. Some of the films were shot on his own ranch. He joined The Ringling Brothers Circus briefly, then opened his own menagerie, which ran just two years, from 1936-38, before plunging into bankruptcy. McCoy went to Europe with the Army Air Corps during WWII, then returned to film and starred in television productions.

The poster was printed by Tooker-Moore Litho. Company in New York and is signed in the lower right corner [beneath the mat]. In the lower left it is marked “Litho. In U.S.A., #1414 ½ sht. A” [also beneath the mat]. Also in the lower left, to the right of the headdress in a circular window, is the Union Bee for “S.A. No.1, New York.”

Mounting: The 8-ply rag mat is covered in 100% cotton twill, black in color, that was washed and treated to reduce and set the dye. The mount was placed in a two-part frame that consists of a scooped profile molding, made of mahogany, with a dark walnut finish, to which a gold molding with a flat profile was added as a liner.

Condition: The poster was at one time mended and/or structurally stabilized with cellophane tape, almost all of which we were able to remove. The poster was archivally mounted to gessoed canvas for structural support. Small pieces were left in the corners in the white perimeter (beyond the image and behind the mat) at the risk of structural loss.
   
Primary Color: red-orange, green, yellow
Earliest Date: 1936
Latest Date: 1938
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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