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Gib Potter fonds


Physical Description:
250 cartoons. -- 79 photographs

Gilbert "Gib" Potter, 1906-1993, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and began a career as a trick rider in 1923. He travelled all over Canada and the USA with McDougald Brothers Stampede and Lamar's Wild West Show. In 1927 he won the trick and fancy roping championship at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Through the 1930s Potter worked in stampedes and rodeos in the summer and as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan transit driver in the winter. He was also a cartoonist and at the end of the decade he published his first cartoon in the Star-Phoenix. In 1941 he married Margaret Buchanan. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in Calgary, Alberta and was assigned to entertain troops, both through trick roping and cartoon drawing. During the 1940s Potter had a regular cartoon, entitled "Chutes and Saddles", in Rodeo Fans magazine. He later published in the Star-Phoenix. He was a regular contributor to the latter newspaper from about 1969 to 1981. Potter was chairman of the Saskatoon Exhibition rodeos for 25 years and in 1986 was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. He was also a founder of the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association and was a life member of that organization. Potter was also inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Custodial History:
The cartoon collection was sold to an American manuscript dealer who in turn sold it to Aquila Books of Calgary. Glenbow acquired the cartoon from Aquila Books. The photograph album was previously held by the Riveredge Foundation.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of cartoons dealing with rodeo, the Canadian Navy, western politics, sports and Christmas; and a photograph album containing views of his 1927 roping award, and commercial action shots of Calgary Exhibition and Stampede events.

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Aquila Books, 1999, and transferred from the Riveredge Foundation, 1979.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
A selection of the cartoons has been scanned and may be viewed via the link below.

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The photographs and reminiscences of his brother, Roy Potter, are also held at Glenbow. See the Potter family fonds.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8699, PD 132, vol. 61

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