1912 Canada photo postcard, ‘Bull dogged at Calgary Stampede’

$32.50 CAD

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Photo by Don Marcell of cowboy kneeling in ring, beside steer on its side. From the first Calgary Stampede, held in 1912.

Written on negative:

Bull Dogged at “the Stampede” Calgary, Alta 1912 Official Photo No. 42 Marcell

French text ‘Cowley 14/3/14...“. Canceled 2 cent King George V stamp, mailed to France

Surface abrasion left side. Corner crease UR. Toned on back, smudges.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)



Guy Weadick returned to Calgary in the Spring of 1912 in search of financing for an event to celebrate the Old West. E.L. Richardson, manager of the Exhibition, introduced Weadick to prominent businessmen and local boosters George Lane, Pat Burns, A.J. McLean and A.E. Cross. The so-called Big Four gave Weadick money and tasked him with putting on the “greatest thing of its kind in the world.”  Their enthusiasm reflected Calgarians’ sense of optimism about the region’s future.

Taking place in September, the first Stampede had mixed success. It rained for several days and the stands were not covered. Due to program management difficulties the daily schedule was unreliable and many events started later than promised. There was no Infield and no time limit, so riders often rode out of sight from spectators and sometimes took as much as ten minutes to ride broncs to a standstill. However, the event still had many highlights, and the parade in particular was well received.


Its 1912 – exactly 100 years ago. Working together in the open arena, with nothing between them and the bucking wild ‘black demon’, but wind and dust, Doc Marcell calmly loads his Graflex camera. Panning the action, incredibly, he captures the renowned moment when, against all odds, Tom Three Persons astonishingly rides the great Cyclone to a standstill. A new World Saddle Bronc Champion and hero was crowned. Pandemonium breaks out in the Grandstand of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Doc’s beautiful wife, Alethe Marcell, runs the precious glass plate back to the tent for processing, and legends are born!

Doc was an adventurous entrepreneur – he worked as a journalist for W. R. Hearst, rode with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, amassed a $750,000 fortune by 1909 with his Mr. Raffles scheme, and toured his 22 car Marcell’s Miracle Mineral medicine show in the 1920’s. History recognizes Doc as an itinerant Rodeo photographer travelling the ‘dying’ Old West: Pendleton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Miles City, Salinas, Bakersfield, Walla Walla, Portland and Vancouver, WA. Hundreds of Doc’s Rodeo photographs can be found in our public archives ...