[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS). Tom Mix, Montie Montana.
[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS)
[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS)
[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS)
[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS)

[CALIFORNIANA] Tom Mix Rides Again! (COLLECTION INCLUDING ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS)

Tom Mix was the original 'good guy with the white hat' and the undisputed original 'King of the Cowboys.' He appeared in ~ 300 films between 1909 and 1935 and inspired a generation of youths (including Gene Autrey, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers and John Wayne) with his clean-cut manly image. Although his film career faded with the advent of 'talking' pictures, in the early 1930's, still immensely popular, he traveled the country with Tony 'the Wonder Horse' as the feature attraction of the Sells-Floto Circus (later The Tom Mix Circus). The current collection is from Mix' long-time friend and fellow western stunt man and star, Montie Montana (famous for leading the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses parade for over 60 years). It includes photographs (many) 1) seven 8" X 10" vintage movie stills from the '20s; 2) seven 5" x 7" photos, most from the 1930 Sells-Floto Circus winter quarters in Peru, Indiana; 3) several 8 x 10" photos including a 1940 Karl Obert-stamped photo of Mix and Montana and ~ 50 Rancheros Visitadores riders splashing through a river north of Santa Barbara; Mix and his daughter Ruth (who also in the movies); Mix and Tony clowning for the camera; and a candid shot of the damage to Mix' back from a dynamite stunt gone wrong! In 1954 Montana, with Mable Mix, Tom's last wife, founded 'Tom Mix, Inc. to present Mix' life in various media; the corporation's original Articles of Incorporation are included in the lot. Then, in 1968, the Tom Mix Museum opened in Dewey, Oklahoma; the local newspaper published a 64-page 'Souvenir Edition' for the Museum's Grand Opening. The collection contains three copies, one autographed by Mix' daughter 'Sincerely, Ruth Mix, June 1, 1968 along with two Museum brochures. In the mid-1970's two L.A. entertainment veterans formed 'Nito Productions,' registering the service mark 'The Tom Mix Show' and moved to produce a series of 1/2 hour television programs to star actor Dean Smith. Copies of the service mark application, a detailed budget for the proposed first segment ('The Ghost of Panther Mountain') and related correspondence are included in the collection. Also included are First Editions of three books on Mix from Montie Montana's library, each signed by Montana, two inscribed by its author to Montana and stamped with his brand. Also included is a 3-page 1991 letter to Montana from the then-owner of the saddle that Mix had made for daughter Ruth accompanied by a photograph of the saddle. The collection includes an unused example of 'Tom Mix Circus' letterhead and envelope. Tom Mix was a bonafide cultural icon; this wide-ranging collection, assembled by a contemporary who knew Mix well, documents his career and the continuing influence he has had on the image of the American West. Item #19955

Price: $500.00

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