Extremely rare and important original framed movie poster. Willie M. "Bill" Pickett (1870-1932), famous as "The Bull-Dogger," was a life-long professional cowboy, showman, and rodeo star. He toured in the 101 Ranch Wild West Shows with legends like Buffalo Bill, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, and Zach and Lucille Mulhall. He also appeared in early motion pictures, most notably in this movie created by Richard E. Norman. He was the first Black inductee into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1971, and was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989. Pickett was also a deacon of the Taylor Baptist Church.
Born in Travis County, Texas, Pickett is credited with inventing the technique of bull-dogging or steer wrestling as it is known today. He and his brothers formed The Pickett Brothers Broncho Busters and Rough Riders Association to offer their services as cowboys. He also demonstrated bull-dogging skills and other stunts at county fairs and rodeos. Because of his color, Pickett often had to claim that he was of Comanche heritage so he could perform. Kicked in the head by a horse while working at the 101 Ranch, he died of his injuries at age 61. His funeral was announced on the radio by Will Rogers. Framed size: 23" x 46".