Online Store Home

September 15th, 2014
International Day of Democracy

September 16th, 2014
World Ozone Layer Day

September 17th, 2014
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

September 19th, 2014
International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19th, 2014
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 21st, 2014
International Day of Peace

September 22nd, 2014
Autumnal equinox

September 22nd, 2014
Emancipation Day

September 25th, 2014
World Maritime Day

September 25th, 2014
Rosh Hashana

September 27th, 2014
World Tourism Day

September 28th, 2014
Gold Star Mother's Day

September 28th, 2014
World Heart Day

September 28th, 2014
World Rabies Day

October 1st, 2014
International Day of Older Persons

October 2nd, 2014
International Day of Non-Violence

October 4th, 2014
Feast of St Francis of Assisi

October 4th, 2014
Yom Kippur

October 5th, 2014

October 5th, 2014
World Teachers' Day

October 6th, 2014
Child Health Day

October 6th, 2014
World Habitat Day

October 8th, 2014
World Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

October 9th, 2014
World Post Day

October 9th, 2014
Leif Erikson Day

October 9th, 2014
World Sight Day

October 9th, 2014
First day of Sukkot

October 10th, 2014
World Mental Health Day

October 11th, 2014
International Day of the Girl Child

October 13th, 2014
Indigenous People's Day

October 13th, 2014
Columbus Day

October 13th, 2014
Native Americans' Day

October 15th, 2014
International Day of Rural Women

October 15th, 2014
Last day of Sukkot

October 15th, 2014
White Cane Safety Day

October 16th, 2014
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

October 16th, 2014
Boss's Day

October 16th, 2014
World Food Day

October 17th, 2014
'Alaska Day' observed

October 17th, 2014
World Day for Poverty Eradication



1872 Buffalo Bill Cody & Texas Jack Omohundro Cabinet Card Photo By Gurney For Sale

1872 Buffalo Bill Cody & Texas Jack Omohundro Cabinet Card Photo By Gurney

VERY RARE and historically important, original, ca1872, Cabinet Card Photograph of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Ned Buntline (pseudonym of Edward Zane Carroll Judson) and John Burwell (or Baker) “Texas Jack” Omohundro - this is an exceptionally rare, original, first generation Photograph that carries the mark of the original photographer - Gurney & Son of New York City!!

This wonderful Cabinet Card Photograph measures approx. 3 7/8” by 5 3/4” and is mounted on its original photographer’s Card Mount (overall size of the card mount is 4 1/4” by 6 1/2”. The Photograph depicts the three stars of the stage production titled “The Scouts of the Prairie” which was based on Buntline‘s Dime Novel of the same name. Ned, Bill and Jack are dressed in buckskin clothing - Omohundro wears leather boots while Cody and Buntline wear Native American moccasins.

The cabinet Card carries the mark of the photographer “Gurney & Sons - on both the front and back of the mount and there is a period manuscript inscription on the reverse that reads simply “Buffalo Bill / center”.

This Photograph is usually found in a copy, CDV format and original Cabinet Card examples are exceptionally rare - Cowan’s sale recently stated that in their many years selling Historical Americana and Western Americana Images, they have only encountered one other example in the original, Cabinet card format!!

This Cabinet card was taken sometime between Dec. 16, 1872 when, at age 26, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody would make his first show business appearance in a rewritten version of by Fred G. Maeder's stage play titled "The Scouts of the Prairie" at Nixon's Amphitheater in Chicago (Cody played himself, of course, as did Bill’s close friend John Burwell "Texas Jack" Omohundro). The play was based on Ned Buntlines Dime Novel titled “Buffalo Bill, the King of Bordermen” and Buntline was instrumental in maneuvering Cody into accepting the starring role of the play.

After reading a nonfiction story about William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in the February 1867 issue of "Harper's Monthly”, Edward Zane Carroll Judson (aka Ned Buntline) made it a point to make his acquaintance. "Buffalo Bill, King of the Border Men", - the tale that launched the persona of Buffalo Bill into the American Pantheon - was published by Buntline in the New York Weekly beginning in December 1869. With encouragement & some help from Buntline, Fred G. Maeder wrote the script of a play based on the serialized “Buffalo Bill” stories. The Play - titled simply “Buffalo Bill” - debuted at Niblo's Garden in New York City in February of 1872 with actor J.B. Studley playing Buffalo Bill. On February 20th, 1872 the Play moved to The Bowery Theater where it played for three more weeks. The Broadside offered here advertises these performances at the Bowery!!

James Gordon Bennett, editor of the New York Herald and a friend of Ned Buntline’s, had been on one of General Phil Sheridan's hunting trips for which Buffalo Bill Cody served as guide. Bennett had written Bill up lavishly as "the beau ideal of the plains" and invited him to visit New York. General Sheridan encouraged Cody to make the trip. Ned Buntline may well have planned the visit for purposes of his own; it coincided with the opening of a play based on Buntline’s “Buffalo Bill, the King of Bordermen” written by Fred G. Maeder. Cody was guest of honor at dinners given by Bennett and by August Belmont, although because of drink or naiveté‚ he failed to appear at the Belmont dinner. On the evening of February 20, 1872, Buntline took Cody to the Bowery Theater to see the play. The climax, in the third act, was a hand-to-hand fight between “Buffalo Bill” and “Jake McCanles” in which they used knives reported to be three feet long, and in the stage version Bill married the Irish serving girl (the female lead). The spotlight was turned on the real Buffalo Bill Cody and he was introduced to the audience. The crowd erupted and cheered until Cody agreed to speak. THIS WAS BUFFALO BILL CODY’S FIRST APPEARANCE ON STAGE!! Later the manager of the theater offered him five hundred dollars a week to enact himself in the play. But Cody was too timid to accept the offer. Though first he rejected the proposal, Bill succumbed to the idea in December and asked his best friend, John Burwell "Texas Jack" Omohundro, to join him. Thus began the career of one of the Greatest American Showmen of that or any other time!!!

After a short season on stage, Bill and Jack returned to the Western Plains in the Spring of 1873. The following winter (1873-4) Cody organized his own troupe, "The Buffalo Bill Combination". The troupe’ show "Scouts of the Plains" included Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack Omohundro, and Cody’s old friend "Wild Bill" Hickok. Wild Bill and Texas Jack eventually left the show, but Cody continued staging a variety of plays until 1882. That year the Wild West show was conceived. The Photograph offered here dates from the first year of Buffalo Bill’s stage career (before Wild Bill Hickok joined the troupe) and is perhaps the very earliest “theatrical” Photo of the consummate showman available.

This exceptionally rare and important, mid 19th century “Buffalo Bill” Theatrical Cabinet card Photograph is in very good condition. The Photograph itself is clean and crisp exhibiting sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. The card mount has a strong crease at the lower left hand corner that affects the very corner of the Photograph itself. There are also three tack holes at the center of the upper edge of the card mount - two of these slightly affect the top edge of the Photograph itself. Overall the Photograph is exceptionally well preserved and with a quality matting and framing it will display beautifully!!!

An exceptionally rare and important, 1872 Western America Cabinet Card Photograph of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Ned Buntline (pseudonym of Edward Zane Carroll Judson) and John Burwell (or Baker) “Texas Jack” Omohundro and worthy of a place at the center of even the most advanced, museum quality collection!!!

What follows is a description of Buffalo Bill Cody’s experience at the Bowery Theater on February 20, 1872 - these are his own words taken from his Autobiography - “The Life of Hon. William F. Cody”:


Ned Buntline and Fred Maeder had dramatized one of the stories which the former had written about me for the New York Weekly. The drama was called "Buffalo Bill, the King of Border Men." While I was in New York it was produced at the Bowery Theater; J. B. Studley, an excellent actor, appearing in the character of "Buffalo Bill," and Mrs. W. G. Jones, a fine actress, taking the part of my sister, a leading role. I was curious to see how I would look when represented by some one else, and of course I was present on the opening night, a private box having been reserved for me. The theater was packed, every seat being occupied as well as all standing-room. The drama was played smoothly and created a great deal of enthusiasm. The audience, upon learning that the real "Buffalo Bill" was present, gave several cheers between the acts, and I was called on to come out on the stage and make a speech. Mr. Freleigh, the manager, insisted that I should comply with the request, and that I should be introduced to Mr. Studley. I finally consented, and the next moment I found myself standing behind the footlights and in front of an audience for the first time in my life. I looked up, then down, then on each side, and everywhere I saw a sea of human faces, and thousands of eyes all staring at me. I confess that I felt very much embarrassed - never more so in my life and I knew not what to say. I made a desperate effort, and a few words escaped me, but what they were I could not for the life of me tell, nor could any one else in the house. My utterances were inaudible even to the leader of the orchestra, Mr. Dean, who was sitting only a few feet in front of me. Bowing to the audience, I beat a hasty retreat into one of the cañons of the stage. I never felt more relieved in my life than when I got out of the view of that immense crowd.


That evening Mr. Freleigh offered to give me five hundred dollars a week to play the part of "Buffalo Bill" myself. I thought that he was certainly joking, especially as he had witnessed my awkward performance; but when he assured me that he was in earnest, I told him that it would be useless for me to attempt anything of the kind, for I never could talk to a crowd of people like that, even if it was to save my neck, and that he might as well try to make an actor out of a government mule. I thanked him for the generous offer, which I had to decline owing to a lack of confidence in myself; or as some people might express it, I didn't have the requisite cheek to undertake a thing of that sort. The play of "Buffalo Bill" had a very successful run of six or eight weeks, and was afterwards produced in all the principal cities of the country, everywhere being received with genuine enthusiasm.

Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at buyers request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.

Please check out other early and interesting items offered by this seller on . Click Here to See Our Items We Have for Sale in the Gallery and Click Here to Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers List

Click Here to Discover More About this Item and Many Others on Our New Informational / Non-Commercial / Reference Blog -

Important Notes about Shipping Charges:

The amount quoted for Shipping & Handling is calculated by and is equal to the EXACT amount charged by the Post Office plus a $1.00 "packing fee" - the $1.00 fee is our only compensation for the virgin packing materials we use on all of our professionally packaged boxes as well as our cost for the salaried help that does most of our packing - as I am sure you can see, we make NO profit on the Shipping charges and, in fact, our costs are usually greater than the $1.00 fee. Please contact us if there are any issues regarding the cost of shipping.


1872 Buffalo Bill Cody & Texas Jack Omohundro Cabinet Card Photo By Gurney

This item has been shown 0 times.

Buy Now

1872 Buffalo Bill Cody & Texas Jack Omohundro Cabinet Card Photo By Gurney:

Antique Hand Forged  Farm Plow Harness. picture
Antique Hand Forged Farm Plow Harness.

Antique Farm  Barbwire Collection  picture
Antique Farm Barbwire Collection

Vintage Horse Bits And Brass Studded Leather Hame Collar picture
Vintage Horse Bits And Brass Studded Leather Hame Collar

3+ Oz.sterling Silver Norman Rockwell (checker Game) Fond Memories  Art Bar+gold picture
3+ Oz.sterling Silver Norman Rockwell (checker Game) Fond Memories Art Bar+gold

Vintage Wooden Single Trees With Horse Shoes; Western / Farm Decor  picture
Vintage Wooden Single Trees With Horse Shoes; Western / Farm Decor

Pair Of Vintage Steel Single Trees; Western / Farm Decor  picture
Pair Of Vintage Steel Single Trees; Western / Farm Decor

Vintage Leather Bull Whip Made In Mexico 6 Feet Long picture
Vintage Leather Bull Whip Made In Mexico 6 Feet Long

Vintage Western Cowboy Horseshoe Table Hand Hewn Drink Sette picture
Vintage Western Cowboy Horseshoe Table Hand Hewn Drink Sette

Antique Western Décor, Draft Horse Harness Parts picture
Antique Western Décor, Draft Horse Harness Parts

H H Tammen
H H Tammen "quiet Desperation" Glass Mug Heavy Antique ~hard To Find~ 1975