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Death of cowboy actor Tom Mix...

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October 13, 1940

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 13, 1940  This 70+ page Sunday newspaper has a two line, one column headline on the front page: "TOM MIX, RIDER, DIES UNDER AUTO" with subhead: "Circus and Screen Equestrian, Cowboy Idol of Youth, Killed in Arizona Car Upset" More on page 48 with photo. Other news of the day with advertisements throughout. Some slight browning, otherwise in nice condition.

Historical Background: "Mix died October 12, 1940, in an auto accident in Florence, Arizona in which he was killed by a suitcase. He was driving his 1937Cord 812Phaeton 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 instantly.

Category: The 20th Century