Signed card - on the reverse of a business card belonging to the Oklahoma City law firm Pruiett, Cardwell & Sniggs, 3,75 x 2,25 inch, signed in pencil "Geronimo" - with another adding in pencil below `How old / written by him at Ft. Sill Feb 27/08.` , attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Geronimo with a rifle (altogether 8,25 x 11,75 inch), with mild soiling and signs of wear to the edges - in nearly fine condition. Oklahoman defense attorney Moman Pruiett (1872-1945) was a talented but controversial 'criminal lawyer' perhaps as well known for his hard drinking ways and streaks of sudden violence as he was for his fiery oratory and claim of successfully acquitting 303 of the 343 murder cases in which he had defended. In his autobiographical work Me and My Big Mouth, noted Oklahoma journalist Walter Harrison proclaimed Pruiett 'the greatest master of backwoods psychology, actor, hypocrite, fakir, lawyer, showman, and publicity expert the courts of Oklahoma ever will look upon.' In 1894, Geronimo and 341 other Chiricahua Apache prisoners of war were brought to Fort Sill where they lived in 12 villages scattered around the post. Though they were prisoners of war, Geronimo and the other Apache prisoners had free range of Fort Sill, and a few years later, Geronimo was permitted to join the Indian contingent at several annual World Expositions and Indian Expositions in the 1890s and early 1900s.
|Profession||Prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Apache tribe|
|Year of birth||1829|
|year of death||1909|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||3,75 x 2,25 (altogether 8,25 x 11,75)|
|Type of Autograph||cards / album pages|
|Expert comment||Exceptionally rare!|