Genuine wanted posters from the so-called "Wild West" featuring real Old West outlaws are pretty rare. They were printed on cheap paper and meant to be thrown away after the fugitive was caught or killed. Luckily, a few Old West wanted posters have survived for our admiration. The existing Wild West wanted posters are typographical marvels, full of bold, jet-black serifs sprawled across audacious, ten-gallon headlines. The list below captures a few extant examples of the form for posterity.
John Wilkes Booth Wanted Poster (1865)
$500 Reward! (Year Unknown)
Abduction of Katie Mary Curran (1874)
$500 Reward! Murder! Murder! Murder! (1867)