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Nan Aspinwall, Entertainer



Nan Aspinwall
RG3513.PH: 6-4f (scan #29074)


Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was born in New York in 1880. She lived in Liberty, Nebraska, for most of her early years, although in later publicity she would claim to have been raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. By 1899 Nan was performing as "Princess Omene," an oriental dancer. Sometime in 1905 0r 1906, she began appearing as the "Montana Girl," an expert horsewoman, sharpshooter, and lariatist and by 1906 she was billed along with husband Frank Gable as a "Lariat Expert." They performed with the combined Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East Troupe and later she and Frank had their own vaudeville show, Gable's Novelty Show, until Frank's death in 1909. Nan died in 1964.

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Photographs and mementos of Nan Aspinwall's career as an oriental dancer, a sharpshooter, and a vaudeville act fill six scrapbooks in the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The girl who, on a bet from Buffalo Bill, rode horseback from San Francisco to New York and back in 1911, led a colorful life that produced no shortage of material to fill these volumes.




Lariat used by Nan Aspinwall in her Wild West and vaudeville acts.




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