London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1924, 1925. Simpson, Charles. First edition. Soft cover and hardcover. Three items: souvenir booklet (16p, several photos), program for June 16 (4p), and admission ticket. Sold with: Charles Simpson's book El Rodeo (London, 1925). Ephemera is very good (booklet creased down center); book is good (foxed). Item #26597
This two-week show at Wembley Stadium was part of the British Empire Exhibition. It brought wild west riding to the heart of London--cowboys' and cowgirls' "bronk" riding, steer wrestling, fancy roping, cowgirls' trick and fancy riding, relay races, and more. Legendary rodeo cowgirl Vera McGinniss, in her trademark long pants, won two championships here. In El Rodeo Simpson chronicled and illustrated the rodeo, and described the bemused, not to say appalled, reaction of English horsemen. Photo of book is a little cropped. Sold as a group.