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Sharp-Shooter Annie Oakley - Star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

It was 1883 when William “Buffalo Bill” Cody first took his Wild West show to the masses. These stage productions portrayed fictitious account of the exchanges between cowboys and Indians during the United State's western expansion. While the initial premise of the show was popular, it lacked any headliner talent until Buffalo Bill Cody was able to recruit Sitting Bull, the Sioux chief blamed for the uprising that overwhelmed George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn. This major superstar helped propel the Wild West Show far above competing acts.

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AN OFFICIAL PROGRAM FROM A TURN OF THE CENTURY WILD WEST SHOW FROM THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

After that, the show became incredibly popular and traveled throughout Europe. This had a dramatic effect on the world’s perception of the United States and the expansion of the American frontier. It was praised for its realistic storyline and was later accepted as family entertainment when a new superstar, Annie Oakley, known as Little Sure Shot, joined the cast. Oakley had exceptional aim and had already achieved fame for her fancy shooting tricks.

Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Moses, had developed her sharp-shooting skills to survive. She was the sixth of seven children and her father, who was more than 30 years older than her mother, died when Oakley was only 6. Annie Oakley and her sister were sent to live in an infirmary and then Oakley was sent to live with a foster family who treated her harshly. When she was 12, Annie Oakley’s mother remarried and she was reunited with her family. Instead of attending school, Annie practiced hunting and trapping and sold the game to residents and businesses in southern Ohio to help support the family. Her efforts paid off the mortgage of the family farm before Annie Oakley was 15.

buffalo bill wild west show program 1"LAST OF THE GREAT SCOUTS" - A SIGNED PROGRAM FROM BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST SHOW - NOTE (TOP RIGHT) THE SCARCE INSCRIPTION "TRUE TO FRIEND OR FOE - BUFFALO BILL - W.F. CODY"

It was Thanksgiving Day in 1875 when 15 year old Phoebe Moses was baited into a challenge. A performing marksman, Frank Butler placed a bet with an Ohio hotel owner wagering that his shooting skills would outperform any of the local shooters. Much to his surprise, Butler lost the bet to the youthful Phoebe Moses. The two began courting and were married the following autumn. Moses adopted the stage name Annie Oakley during the years of their sharp-shooter performances together. They were both hired to work on the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1885.

While performing in Europe, Oakley performed for Queen Victoria in the UK, President Marie François Sadi Carnot in France, King Umberto I in Italy, and Kaiser Wilhelm II in Germany. Her most famous trick was using a .22 caliber rifle to shoot a single playing card several times while it floated in the air at a distance of 90 feet.

annie oakleyANNIE OAKLEY - WORLD-FAMOUS RIFLE SHOT AND STAR OF THE WILD WEST SHOW

Oakley used her position as an influential celebrity to promote the idea of women serving in the US armed forces to President McKinley at the time of the Spanish-American War. However, the cavalry established by Theodore Roosevelt named “Rough Riders” was attributed to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. It is estimated that Oakley taught more than 15,000 women how to use a gun during her lifetime. She pushed for women to be comfortable using a gun for physical and mental exercise as well as for self-defense.

In 1901, Annie Oakley was involved in a train accident and was temporarily paralyzed. Although she improved greatly after five surgeries, the tragic accident put an end to her career with the Buffalo Bill Show. Instead Annie began performing a stage play that portrayed her outsmarting outlaws. Her popularity has never ceased. Annie Oakley was laid to rest in 1926 at age 66. Her husband Frank Butler died a few weeks later.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been acquiring museum-quality historical artifacts for more than 30 years. He is proud to own personal effects of many historical figures and American icons such as Annie Oakley. Now you have the rare opportunity to gain access to many of these important artifacts. Hundreds of the museum-quality historical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17-18, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. If you have interest in a particular item in the collection, please feel free to inquire using the button below.

 

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Honors America’s Most-Loved Cowboy - Will Rogers

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Jun 29, 2013 @ 08:54 AM

Entertaining people was a natural talent for the gifted Will Rogers (1879-1935). Born William Penn Adair Rogers, he grew up on his family’s ranch in Cherokee Indian territory that has since become part of the state of Oklahoma. Will Rogers was the youngest of 8 children born to Clement Vann Rogers and Mary Schrimsher, who were both part Cherokee. Tragically only Will and three of his sisters survived until adulthood.

Will Rogers with Rope

Because he enjoyed working with cattle, riding horses, and using his lasso, Rogers paid less and less attention to his studies as he grew. In the 10th grade he dropped out of school all together to become a cowboy. He used his exceptional personality, quick wit and  lassoing talent to entertain audiences in while traveling through South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Later he performed at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and New York City.

WILL ROGERS -  READY FOR ACTION

Will Rogers venues began with a travelling show, then a circus, and the World Fair, then vaudeville acts in the United States, Canada and throughout Europe. In the early part of his Vaudeville career, Betty Blake caught his eye. They married in 1908 and together raised 3 sons and a daughter. Betty and Will Rogers had a loving, supportive relationship until separated by Will’s death.

As Will’s career progressed, he found that his humor was just as attractive to audiences as his roping. His jokes consisted of amusing, thoughtful observations of people. He loved to talk about politics, American society, and life in general. It was not long before Will Rogers was a well-known comedian and political commentator.

The popularity of his jokes soon led him to acting. In all Will Rogers performed in silent films, then 71 feature films, as well as Broadway productions. Will Rogers was voted the most popular male actor in Hollywood in 1934.

There seemed to be no limit to the popularity of Will Rogers. His political commentary was published through more than 4,000 syndicated columns, more than 2 million words, equal to 20 novels. These 600 newspapers reached an audience estimated at 40 million readers. Most people who are familiar with his work consider his comments to be just as relevant today as the day they were written.

Will Rogers Pointing

WILL ROGERS -ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Will Rogers also had a regular radio show, although the medium was very new at that time. His popular political commentary brought him an Oklahoma gubernatorial nomination (which he declined) and the title Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills (1925). This elevated status put him in touch with major world leaders. He was invited to the White House by Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.

It was Roger's thirst for adventure that resulted in his early demise. In 1935, when he was just 55, Will Rogers died in a plane crash. He had been headed to Alaska for vacation with a famed pilot and close friend, Wiley Post. Will Rogers's wife, Betty built a memorial in his honor near their home in Oklahoma which was thoughtfullly dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt himself. Sadly, Betty Rogers died shortly thereafter, in 1938.

Will Rogers Photo

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection honors the memory of Will Rogers, a true American and an entertainer with boundless talent. It is because of this sentiment that the Collection is proud to have acquired and handsomely framed, in suede and burl walnut, an autographed photo of Will Rogers. In this candid photograph, displayed below, Will Rogers is pictured wearing casual attire and holding a polo stick at his California home.

The sepia-toned 8” x 10” photograph is boldly signed in the bottom right corner, across the cap, held in his left hand. There is a plaque inscribed Will Rogers 1879–1935 American Humorist, Actor, Writer and Lecturer “I Never Met A Man I Didn’t Like.”

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James Bond: The 50-year anniversary of "Dr. No"

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 03:43 PM

It is really nifty to be fifty – particularly when your name is James Bond! Suave, debonair, and with an unlimited capacity for adventure, women, exotic locales, and drinks - James Bond is celebrating a milestone birthday in 2012.

Sean Connery as James Bond A TRUE CINEMATIC LEGEND: THE ONE & ONLY JAMES BOND

"Dr. No" is the first Bond film. Like many Bond films, it has parallels to the historical time period in which it was filmed. In “Dr. No,” the plot centers on the disruption of American rockets from a secret base in the Caribbean meant to spur war between two superpowers – America and Russia. It premiered less than two weeks before secret missiles in the Caribbean nearly did do so in the Cuban missile crisis.

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A LICENSE TO KILL - AND A LICENSE TO THRILL!

From the stunning graphics of the opening sequence to the classic theme score, this film was based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel with the same title. It was the beginning of the splendid partnership of Harry Saltzman, Producer and Albert Broccoli, Producer – founders of the Bond brand.

aston martin james bondA LEGENDARY ASTON MARTIN - ONE OF THE FIRST OF JAMES BOND'S MANY ICONIC CARS

In the series’ 50-year history, there have been only a handful of the films which remained substantially true to their written source material. Dr. No has many similarities to the original novel and follows its basic plot with a few notable exceptions. One of these is Bond’s fight with a giant squid and his escape from Dr. No’s complex using a dragon-disguised swamp buggy. Components missing from the novel, but include in the film include Bond gambling in a casino, the introduction of Bond’s recurring girlfriend Sylvia Trench,  the fight scenes with an enemy chauffeur and Quarrel, the seduction of Miss Taro, the introduction of Felix Leiter, and the character Professor Dent.

"Dr. No&squot;s" namesake and James Bond&squot;s first nemesis - The villainous Dr. No himself

"DR. NO'S" NAMESAKE AND JAMES BOND'S FIRST NEMESIS - THE VILLAINOUS DR. NO HIMSELF

Many of the iconic aspects of the typical Bond film were first established in Dr. No.  The classic introduction of the character through the view of a gun barrel and the highly stylized main title sequence were both originally created by Maurice Binder and are continued with the Bond franchise up to today.   Binder’s opening sequences and the elaborate visual style first crafted by production designer Ken Adam are hallmarks of all 50 years of the Bond series.

Sean Connery Ursula Andress Bond girlSEAN CONNERY WITH THE STUNNING URSULA ANDRESS - THE VERY FIRST "BOND GIRL"

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection is a proud owner of an original “Dr. No” poster featuring a charming and handsome Sean Connery alongside the first “Bond Girl” – Ursula Andress. Who can forget her famous debut as the first Bond girl? The poster is: Near Mint 30" x 40"– British Quad – A Particularly Desirable Original Poster in that it Represents the First James Bond Film and is of British Origin – Bond’s home country.

Original Dr. No poster
A PRISTINE RELIC OF THE 1960S - A NEAR-MINT 30"X40" ORIGINAL DR. NO MOVIE POSTER

 

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AUDREY HEPBURN - RARE POSTER - BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 02:36 PM

audrey hepburn movie poster

ORIGINAL POSTER - 27"X 40" - BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

Original Poster – Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Near Mint 27"x40"– This Poster is being Featured primarily Because it is a Rarity in such a Large Format. Only Advanced Collectors seem to add a Poster of this Magnitude to their Collection – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Starred Oscar Winning Actress, Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), the Epitome of Screen Elegance. The Camera Loved Her. The Audience seemed always eternally enchanted by Her.

 The Film was Nominated for 7 Academy Awards with 2 Oscar Wins, both for Music by Henry Mancinni – Moon River. Audrey Hepburn Beautifully Sang the Theme Moon River - Her Rendition Sold Millions.

Ms. Hepburn, a Prodigious Talent, also Co-Starred with Such Notable Leading Men as, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Peter O’Toole, and Fred Astaire. She Won Her Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1953.

Audrey Hepburn also Received Academy Award Nominations for The Nun’s Story (1959), Charade (1963), Sabrina (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Wait Until Dark (1967). She gave up much of her Film Career to become an Engaged World Wide Humanitarian. Such Humanitarian Projects were done to Relieve Human Suffering. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush, Personally Presented Audrey Hepburn with America’s Most Coveted Honor – The Presidential Medal of Freedom. This honor could not have been bestowed upon a more deserving recipient.

audrey hepburn photoTHE MAJESTIC AUDREY HEPBURN - THE CAMERA EMBRACED HER AS DID HER WORLD WIDE AUDIENCE

Sadly, Audrey Hepburn was Diagnosed with Cancer at the Age of 62, but before its Presence was Known by Medical Authorities, the Cancer had Spread from Her Appendix and Virtually Encompassed her Small Intestine. This untimely Tragedy Ultimately Ended a Great Lady’s Life - in 1993, at the Age of Only 63. A Truly Magnificent Woman - with a huge heart coupled with prodigious talent.

audrey hepburn photo
AUDREY HEPBURN - THE EPITOME OF ELEGANCE

At the present ime this Rare size Poster is in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection (courtesy of Shane Raleigh Amyx, J.D.).

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