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ANNIE "LITTLE SURE SHOT" OAKLEY - ANNOTATED CHECK SIGNED 06/15/1923 - HFSID 300025. ANNIE OAKLEY Check signed with her married name, Annie Butler, filled out by her to her grand-daughter (by adoption), with an additional note in Annie's hand on verso. Check signed: "Annie Butler", 6½x2¾. Newark, New Jersey, 1923 June 15.Check #135, drawn on the Newark & Essex Banking Co. Handwritten note in Oakley's hand on verso: Board to F. Within five years, she was a breadwinner for her family as a markswoman, and, at age 15, she saved her family's farm with income she had earned from shooting game. On August 23, 1876, at age 16, Annie married Frank Butler , a vaudeville performer who became her partner. Annie's self-effacing personality (on and off stage) made her a popular performer. In 1885, the Butlers joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, where Annie was a star for 17 years. The five-foot-tall Oakley got her name "Little Sure Shot" from Sitting Bull and used it in her promotional materials.
In 1901, she and her husband decided to retire from public life. Frank and Annie were childless, but Annie supported 18 orphan girls.
Shooting was in her blood, and the Butlers continued to make appearances around the country. Age did not appear to diminish her skills, but Oakley was seriously injured in an automobile accident in 1921. Although she did not think she had long to live at that time, by 1924 she was again performing. In 1886, Uncle Will invited 18-year old Goodman to join the Wild West Show, which he did for a summer season in New York and for the Show's 1887 trip to London for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.Oakley was on these trips, although she left the Show temporarily in 1888. Though entrusted with a managerial role by 1888, Goodman also left the show that year to strike out on his own, carrying a glowing letter of recommendation. He maintained a lifelong friendship with Buffalo Bill and other members of the Show, and was present at Cody's death in Denver in 1917. Goodman spent a lifetime collecting photos and other mementos of Cody's show and the American West. This meticulously preserved and documented collection remained in the family until now , never before offered for sale. Bank cancellation holes and processing stamps (not affecting signature). See more material from these signers. See more listings in our ACTORS & ACTRESSES (11,072). Please note that this is an authentically signed item. We do not sell autograph copies or signature reprints. Images shown may contain our company watermark. The actual document does not contain this watermark. This item has been authenticated and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by our parent company, Gallery of History, Inc. We financially stand behind our COA. Ask us about our PSA/DNA and JSA authentication guarantee. Our Third & Best Handbook - The One You Want On Historical Documents! For the experienced and novice collector and for those who just love learning history this beautiful 253-page hardcover volume is for you! Take a look at over. Other listings in these categories. And This Week's Specials. Gallery of History is the world's largest dealer of authentic autographs and manuscripts. Our inventory contains documents in all areas of interest including presidents, royalty, military, aviation, religion, business, science, celebrities, sports, music, authors and more. Whether looking to add to your collection, acquire a unique centerpiece for the home or office, or as a truly one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, you'll find it here at HistoryForSale.
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There are no other warranties of any nature either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The item "ANNIE LITTLE SURE SHOT OAKLEY ANNOTATED CHECK SIGNED 06/15/1923" is in sale since Sunday, March 26, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "historydirect" and is located in Las Vegas, NV. This item can be shipped worldwide.