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A screen shot from Thomas A. Edison, Inc.'s 'Annie Oakley'

Little Sure Shot takes aim

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows
In the 1880s Buffalo Bill started producing a theatrical spectacle called the Wild West show. It was wildly popular and one of the most famous acts in his show included a performer known as Annie Oakley. Her real name was Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses, but she was known as "Little Sure Shot" because she had such great aim. At 30 paces Annie Oakley could fire a gun and hit the edge of a playing card or the end of a cigarette held in the lips of her husband, Frank Butler. What other kinds of acts do you think were in the Wild West show?
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VIDEO CREDIT: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. "Annie Oakley" 1894. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.