Watch Annie Oakley in an 1894 Short Film


Annie Oakley is one of those figures from history who almost seems too fantastical to have been real.

At 5 feet tall, the “Little Sure Shot” became a hero of American folklore after starring in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, impressing Sitting Bull, delighting the masses, and basically being an all-around awesome entertainer.

The video above (courtesy of is from 1894, when Oakley would have been 34 years old. The world’s most famous markswoman was filmed at Edison’s Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey, likely assisted by her husband, manager, and fellow sharpshooter, Frank E. Butler.

[h/t Public Domain Review]