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    Pawnee Bill - Gordon W. Lillie - Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
    This check dated July 22, 1909 in the amount of $30,229.17 is in the hand of and signed by G.W. Lillie Pawnee Bill. No other Oklahoman exemplified "The Wild West" as did Gordon W. Lillie. More popularly known as "Pawnee Bill", Lillie became interested in the West as a child. In 1883 he joined the newly formed Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as an interpreter and performer. In 1886 he married May Manning, a 15 year old girl from Philadelphia he had met while traveling with the show. In 1888 "Pawnee Bill" formed his own Wild West Show and May became a popular act in her own right for her marksmanship and riding. In 1908 Lillie merged his own show with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. The combined events toured the world until closing in 1913. The check contains a vignette of the two promoters and gives equal billing at top to the titles of their separate events. An important piece of Western and entertainment industry memorabilia. Extremely Fine.


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    August, 2003
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