Cowboys / RodeoUnknown Artist
Buffalo Bill Cody's Rough Riders
Buffalo Bill and two soldiers waving American and French flags.Ever the ambassador, Bill Cody utilized this poster opportunity to show the amicable relationship shared by the United States and France. A shrewd maneuver, especially considering that this work comes from a season spent entirely in France. Poised strategically twixt the unfurled flags of the respective countries, Buffalo Bill doffs his hat in homage to the friendship of the republics. The sky-written Entente Cordiale visible at the top of the poser appears to have been a last minute addition to the piece, having either been hand-colored or printed as an afterthought with a special ink which has faded over time much faster than lithographic ink. Why this was performed is left to conjecture as the addition seems a bit superfluous; the magnificent design more than amply conveying the friendly sentiments without any necessary augmentation. Extremely rare!