ANTIQUE COWBOY TOM MIX & HORSE SOUVENIR POCKET KNIFE !

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  • Sold Date: Feb 10, 2007
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ANTIQUE

TOM MIX & HORSE

SOUVENIR POCKET KNIFE

WELL WORN OVER THE YEARS THIS THIS NEAT OLD POCKET KNIFE MEASURES ABOUT 3 3/8 INCHES LONG BY ABOUT 3/4 INCHES WIDE (CLOSED) & FEATURES A DEPICTION OF THE FAMOUS WESTERN FILM STAR TOM MIX...

IT MAKES A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY COLLECTION OF:

COWBOYS POCKET KNIVES TOM MIX ~ ICANA FAMOUS WESTERN FILM STARS ENJOY ABOUT

FAMOUS WESTERN COWBOY FILM LEGEND

TOM MIX

Thomas E. Mix [1] ( January 6 , 1880 - October 12 , 1940 ) was an American film actor , the star of many early Western movies . He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935 , all but 9 of them silent features. In the process he became Hollywood's first larger-than-life Western megastar, and defined the genre for all actors that followed.

Early years

Mix was born Thomas Hezikiah Mix into a relatively poor logging family in Mix Run , Pennsylvania , about 40 miles (60 km) north of State College, Pennsylvania . When he enlisted in the Army in April 1898 , he registered as Thomas E. Mix. He served in a heavy artillery unit during the Spanish-American War . He re-enlisted in 1901 , but failed to return to duty after a 1902 extended furlough when he married Grace I. Allin on July 18th. Mix was listed as AWOL on November 4 , 1902 , yet he was never

After working a variety of odd jobs in the Oklahoma Territory , Mix went on to work at the 101 Ranch, the largest ranching outfit in the US, with 101,000 acres (409 km²), hence the name 101. He distinguished himself as a horseman and expert shot, winning the 1909 national Riding and Rodeo Championship. Mix is rumored to have served a brief and undistinguished term with the Texas Rangers . In the realm of the real wild west, Tom was a pallbearer at the 1929 funeral of Wyatt Earp . Reportedly, he wept.

Film career

Mix was picked out to be a supporting cast member with the Selig Polyscope Company , one of the first silent film makers. His first shoot (1910) was " Ranch Life in the Great Southwest " and he showed off his signature style as a cattle wrangler. The film was a success and Tom Mix became a star. While with Selig, he co-starred with Victoria Forde and they fell in love. He divorced Olive Stokes-Mix in 1917 to marry Forde in 1918. They had a daughter, Thomasina Mix, but divorced in 1931. He performed in more than 100 films with Selig, many of which were filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico . Throughout the silent film era, Mix helped redefine what the western film genre could be through an emphasis on action in pursuit of the bad guys . Mix's career in the movies lasted 26 years and made him $6,000,000.

Selig folded in 1917, and Tom Mix and his wife Victoria both signed with Fox Film Corporation .

He went on to make more than 160 films throughout the 1920s, each growing in plot and complexity as the matinee film became a Saturday staple for escapist American youth. These were "packaged" dramatic films, no longer attempting the documentary style of the Selig days, with clear-cut heroes and villains and a clean-cut cowboy always saving the day. ( Ronald Reagan and John Wayne both watched Tom Mix films when they were boys.)

Tom Mix did his own stunts in almost all of his pictures, and was frequently injured.

Fatal accident

Mix died October 12 , 1940 , in an auto accident in Florence, Arizona in which he was killed by a suitcase. He was driving his 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton at night between Tucson, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona on a two-lane road, when he came upon a bridge that had been washed away in a flash flood. Mix's car catapulted across the empty space and crashed into the other side. The metal-hardened suitcase he had packed and put on the seat behind him flew free and struck him in the back of the head, shattering his skull and killing him...

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