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Playbill / Carte-de-Visite.
This legendary Western figure was a Virginian who moved to Texas and became a cowboy before joining General J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate forces to serve as a scout; after the war he turned to buffalo scouting and hunting, befriending "Buffalo Bill" Cody and gaining fame in Indian skirmishes and leading buffalo hunts with royalty and celebrities; in 1872 he and Cody performed in the melodrama "The Scouts of the Prairies" in Chicago, in which role he became the first actor to perform cowboy-style rope tricks on the stage; he married Italian-American dancer Giuseppina Morlacchi (1846-86) the following year and continued to hunt the Great Plans and act in Wild West plays on the east coast until his death at age 33. Printed playbill, 3½" X 9½", De Bar's Grand Opera House [St. Louis, MO], n.y. May 11 [likely 1877]. Near fine. In 1877 Omohundro began his own acting company, which premiered in St. Louis. This rare playbill, tall and narrow, announces a Saturday matinee appearance of "The Real / TEXAS JACK! / (J.B. Omohundro)" in varying typefaces, as well as "The Great Chief and Scout / Donald McKay / and His / Warm Spring Indians!" and even Omohundro's own spouse "The Peerless / MORLACCHI, / Miss Maude Oswald, / And a full Dramatic Company, in the great Border Drama / TEXAS JACK / IN THE / BLACK HILLS! / Friday Evening, May 11, Benefit of / TEXAS JACK / Prior to his departure for the Plans." Miniscule typeface at bottom note the printer of this playbill as Globe-Democrat Job Print. Printed on thin yellow stock, this scarce survivor shows only the most minimal faint wear and no edge tears whatsoever. Accompanied by a carte-de-visite, 3 3/4" X 5½", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Sepia-tone head-and-shoulders portrait of an idealized artist's rendering of Texas Jack in Western garb and cowboy hat, captioned "Texas Jack / J.B. Omohundro" beneath. Verso blank. Noted Western artist H.O. Rawson created this portrait and other Western figures from the turn-of-the-century through the 1930s, publishing them and selling them himself -- which dates this likeness to early 20th century. An outstanding and rare printed playbill produced during Texas Jack's brief lifetime and an uncommon century old portrait.
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