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Clarence Edmund Fry (1863-1963)

Colonel Cody - Buffalo Bill (1846-1917) 1892

RCIN 2930987

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Colonel William Frederick Cody, led an adventurous life as a scout and guide for the American army and served in campaigns against the Native Americans. He gained the name of 'Buffalo Bill' from being contracted to supply buffalo meat to the employees of the Kansas Pacific Railway while the line was being extended through the wilderness. In 1883 he organised his spectacular 'Wild West Show' and, during a European tour four years later, it was performed at Earl's Court in London, where it was seen by Queen Victoria on 11 May 1887. She found it 'a very extraordinary and interesting sight'. Colonel Cody she considered 'a splendid man, handsome & gentlemanlike in manner.' Five years later, on 25 June 1892, the Wild West Show was performed once more for the Queen, this time on the lawn below the East Terrace at Windsor Castle. At the end, Colonel Cody was presented to the Queen, who observed in her Journal that he was 'still a very handsome man, but has now got a grey beard.'