Each year the Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches to raise funds for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. To mark this year’s activities we have selected an image of Buffalo Bill sporting a resplendent moustache and beard, published in Black and White magazine in 1887. The drawing illustrates an article promoting the imminent arrival of the Wild West Show in New Barnes, Salford. It reports on the building of a huge arena, promising that “everything will be ship-shape for the opening day and we will give you Britishers an eye-opener in the way of entertainment”.
1887 was Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was performed to great acclaim in three hundred performances at Earls Court in London. The London show then transferred to the North West for five months in Salford in 1888. The Salford Online web site has a great deal more information about this spectacular event.
This volume of Black and White is available in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room in our 19th century journals collections. The collection is accessible for browsing 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday or by appointment with the LJMU Archivist.