Bat Masterson Poster – an original old west poster from the last best west
William Barclay Masterson.
Our poster paper is heavy duty stock, special ordered by the ream, and is the closest we have found to actual parchment paper that would have been used in the 19th century. It’s heavy weight and won’t get torn or blown off the hitching post! We don’t stain it (reducing it’s life) all our aging is done with graphics – making them crisp and clear.
Posters are all ~ 11 x 17 inches and are shipped flat.
In his early twenties Masterson was serving as an army scout, out of Sweetwater, Texas, when he got in a fight over a dancehall girl. His adversary was killed with a bullet thru the heart, the luckless girl died as well, and Masterson was badly wounded in the leg which caused him to limp thereafter.
Masterson took to using a large silver knobbed cane to assist his stride, and when he took up his trade of being a Peace Officer, the cane was often used on an unruly cowboy’s head. In recognition of the new sport of Baseball, he was nicknamed Bat because of his “batting” of skulls with his walking stick.
Friend to Luke Short, Charley Bassett, the Earps and Doc Holliday, Bat was often seen in his later years at boxing matches in the New York area as a sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph.
Bat Masterson was a Western TV series that ran from 1958-1961 and starred Gene Barry as the always well dressed Bat. He travelled the west, wooing women and defending the wrongly accused with his wit and cane, more often than with his six shooter. The Bat Masterson Show was good fun and Barry always had a smile on his face and a solution to any predicament.
The Last Best West Posters
Our poster’s debuted on the web way back in 2002 and were some of the first old west posters available. You can find our posters all over the world, from restaurants to club houses to movie sets to barns and tack rooms.
Our paper is heavy 65 lb card stock, special ordered by the ream, and won’t get torn or blown off the hitching post! We don’t stain it to give it that aged look all our aging is done with graphics – making them crisp and clear.
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