Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Collection
My father was a huge collector, and he passed away about four years ago, so we acquired all this stuff, knowing very little about it.
Do you know why he collected this particular type of thing?
He was just very interested in history in general, but Oklahoma history was very important to him.
Do you know where this comes from in Oklahoma?
Around Pawnee area.
Yeah, Pawnee's northwest of here about 60 miles, and it was the home of the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch. Just after the turn of the century-- before Oklahoma statehood-- they became one of the chief Wild West shows in the United States. They were master promoters, so they did all kind of peripheral marketing with their show. All of these pieces of scrip are like money that they had that they provided at their own show. They printed their own tickets. They did posters. The 101 Ranch Wild West Show was a classic Wild West show in the tradition of Buffalo Bill. You can see in this photograph he had a whole crew of American Indians from Oklahoma. They were Pawnee, Osage. All of the tribes round this area he employed to come in and work in the show. The Miller Brothers got involved in film very, very early in the silent film era. This has to do with their film company. It's difficult to decide what it is-- whether it's a poster or the logo or possibly both. It's an original work of art and that's a key to the value. There are some very serious collectors of 101 Ranch material. It's worth a minimum of $2,000 to $3,000. So your father picked the right things to buy. You shocked?
I am shocked. Yeah, I am-- wow.
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