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1928 Tls- "ripley" Re Buffalo Bill Never Shot A Buffalo For Sale
1 pg. TLS, June 10, 1929, by Robert Ripley (1890-1948) of Ripley's Believe it or Not fame. This letter, on illustrated letterhead, is addressed to a man who took issue with Ripley's cartoon that stated that Buffalo Bill Cody never shot a Buffalo. He writes, in part "It was not my intention to malign the marksmanship of Colonel Bill Cody, but it is nevertheless a fact that Cody never shot a Buffalo in his life... for the very good reason that there are no Buffaloes in this country. The animals that Bill shot were Bison." He goes on to explain that Buffaloes are found in India and Africa, but never in the Americas, but Bison are found only in North America. He confesses that he does not know the reason why American Bison are erroneously called Buffalo. Signed "Ripley" in the longer variation of his characteristic signature. Ripley also addresses the envelope and opening salutation.
Ripley was born in California. An athlete, he pitched semi-pro baseball at age 13. At age 14, he sold his first cartoon to LIFE Magazine for $8. By age 15, Ripley was working at the San Francisco Bulletin and soon moved on to the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1913, he moved to New York and, as used the name ‘Robert’, rather than his birth name ‘Leroy’ to work at the New York Globe sketching sports cartoons. One day he decided to draw up nine unusual sports event in small sketches. The cartoon was originally titled, “Champs and Chumps", but after much deliberation, the title was changed to Believe It or Not!. It was an instant hit with readers. He became a world traveler, seeking stories of bizarre and unusual proportion to put in his internationally known feature. Ripley travelled into unconventional areas in India and the Orient and visited people and cultures that most Americans never knew existed. Ripley signed his cartoons Rip Li. He became was one of the most famous people in the world during the first half of the 20th century. An eccentric, he dressed flamboyantly. He kept a 28-foot boa constrictor as a pet and let squirrels and chipmunks run around him while he drew. He was a heavy social drinker and a notorious ladies man, at times having up to 5 or more live-in girlfriends at a time. He died of a heart attack at age 58, while taping a show.
The letter has some tears and nicks out of the right edge, and some aging, o/w in good condition. Buyer pays $2.25 shipping.
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