Danny Arnold's Map of the Wild WestSKU: 9719
Danny Arnold was a Canadian actor and impresario whose vaudeville and wild west shows were a feature of the British seaside from the late 1950s until the 1970s. He staged performances at the Golden Garter Saloon in Cliftonville Lido, Margate, but also toured popular resorts such as Blackpool and Great Yarmouth and appeared on the BBC.
Arnold’s souvenir map was normally sold as a ‘Pictorial Map of The Old West’, as here, but a variant was issued as a tie-in with the 1962 MGM blockbuster Western, ‘How the West was Won’. Read more
The map loosely conforms to the boundaries of mid 19th century north America, before the creation of Nebraska Territory in 1854, but like the MGM epic the events depicted on the map span several decades: the Battle of the Alamo (1836) and Custer’s Last Stand (1876) rub shoulders with ‘the great Oscar Wilde’s’ successful American tour of 1882. The border depicts some of ‘the fabulous characters of the West’ including Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
Condition & Materials
Pictorial map of 19th century North America, sheet size 63 x 87.5 cm, compiled and illustrated by Fran Downie, printed in colours, trivial wear to folds, a couple of trivial spots, blank verso. Read less