Tony Sr., Tony Jr., the white Tony II, and the Tony Jr. lookalikes
Want to learn more about the original Tony, Tony Jr., Tony II, and the several Tony Jr. lookalikes/doubles that were used in Mix's Universal sound westerns and THE MIRACLE RIDER serial?
The original Tony (Tony Sr.)
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above - the original Tony (Tony Sr.).
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above - Tony Jr.
One of several Tony Jr. lookalikes.
(From Old Corral image collection)
left above is Tom Mix on the white Tony II chatting with Gene Autry riding ??? during their 1939 Christmas Parade appearance in Hollywood.
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on:
Tom Mix: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0594291/
Ruth Mix (1912-1977): http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0594290/
Victoria Forde (1896-1964) (Mix's 4th wife and frequent heroine in Tom's Selig films): http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0285961/
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave site has a photo of Mix's grave marker at Forest Lawn - Glendale: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=721
Find A Grave mentions that actress Victoria Forde, Mix's fourth wife, is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9022648
Find A Grave also has info on the original Tony who was put down in October, 1942 and was buried on Mix's ranch in an unmarked grave. However, the grave location has been lost due to development of that property: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=12000671
The Library of Congress has about two dozen Tom Mix photos, including images of Tom, Victoria and daughter Thomasina as well as photos of Tom at the White House: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=%22tom%20mix%22
It's always interesting to click through excerpts of newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives at: http://news.google.com/newspapers
While some of the articles are free, many go to newspaper websites where you have to pay to retrieve the full article. The following link will take you to a mix of free and pay articles on Tom Mix from the first few pages of the Google newspaper archive search. Some had obvious spelling or punctuation errors and I corrected those: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22tom%20mix%22%20site:news.google.com/newspapers&source=newspapers
The New York Times newspaper archive has many articles on Mix. There is a fee to download the full articles. Here's a few with links to the free previews:
The Time magazine archive website has several articles on Mix. Full articles require a subscription, but article previews are available:
The Circus Historical Society website has a Bandwagon magazine article by Stuart Thayer on the last years of the Tom Mix Circus, seasons 1936-1938: http://www.classic.circushistory.org/Bandwagon/bw-1971May.htm
G. E. Nordell's website includes a photo of Mix on Old Blue, the horse he used prior to Tony Sr. The signed notation on the photo reads: "In memory of 'Old Blue', the best horse I ever rode, born July 14, 1897, killed January 29, 1919. We grew old together, Tom Mix" The photo is at: http://www.genordell.com/stores/western/images/TomMix&Blue_Mixville.jpg
The Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection has several 1929 photos of Mix and Tony Sr. on the Flickr photo website:
The website for the DuBois Area Historical Society, DuBois, Pennsylvania is: http://www.duboishistoricalsociety.com/
and their webpage on Tom Mix is at: http://www.duboishistoricalsociety.com/tom-mix.html
The Tom Mix Museum is located in Dewey, Oklahoma. The museum has many Mix artifacts and collectibles which they obtained from Mix's lawyer:
More about the Tom Mix Museum in Dewey, Oklahoma - there's large photos of Tom Mix's costumes, saddles and other memorabilia, including a photo of the aluminum suitcases that caused his death: http://www.galenfrysinger.com/oklahoma_tom_mix_museum.htm
For those of you interested in Nat Levine and his adventures with Ken Maynard, Tom Mix and more, McFarland book publishers has a great book on the history of Mascot Pictures titled The Vanishing Legion: A history of Mascot Pictures 1927 - 1935. Originally published in hardbound in the early 1980s, author Jon Tuska knew and interviewed Maynard and Levine (and lots of other Mascot alumni). The book has been re-issued in softcover for about $35.00. The following will take you to the McFarland 'search' page. When you get there, enter Tuska as the last name of the author: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/advanced-search/
The Santa Clarita Valley History in Pictures website has several webpages on Mix:
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website has info on their Tom Mix collection: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/mg/mg443.htm
The 101 Ranch website has info on Colonel Zack Miller, the last of the Miller Brothers: http://www.kaycounty.info/101_Ranch/zackmiller.html
The Silent Film Sources website had an interesting group of articles on Tom Mix (excerpted from the 1957 memoirs by his wife Olive Stokes Mix). That website is no longer operational, but the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive has a copy of the site at: http://web.archive.org/web/20110927190052/http://www.cinemaweb.com/silentfilm/bookshelf/index.htm
The page devoted to Tom Mix, the original Tony, and a horse named 'Buster' that was the double for Tony, is at: http://web.archive.org/web/20110927190052/http://www.cinemaweb.com/silentfilm/bookshelf/33_mix06.htm
The sections devoted to Tom Mix, Ruth Mix and the Circus are at:
If you wish to read the full text --- all the articles --- here are the links:
There's info about the Tom Mix Memorial/Monument near Florence, Arizona (location where Mix died in the automobile accident):
The Silents Are Golden site has a page showing Mix's home in Beverly Hills: http://www.silentsaregolden.com/homes/hometommix.html
Jerry Murbach's Doctor Macro website has several images of Tom Mix:
Here's some real Mix trivia - Mix and William S. Hart were pallbearers at the funeral of Wyatt Earp: http://www.desertusa.com/mag98/mar/papr/du_earp.html
The Circus Museum and Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin has some Tom Mix material:
Circus World's Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center has some Tom Mix material: http://circus.pastperfect-online.com/30070cgi/mweb.exe?request=keyword;keyword=tom%20mix;dtype=d
Mix did a bunch of early silent films in the Prescott, Arizona area (Yavapai Hills):
Want to see if Tom Mix - or your fav western hero - is enshrined on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame? Search the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce / Walk Of Fame website at: http://www.walkoffame.com
In 1958, Tom Mix was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/info/awards-hof/Western-Performers.aspx
Mix was a recipient of an "In Memorial" award at the 1987 Golden Boot program. To view a complete listing of all the Golden Boot award winners, go back to the Old Corral homepage, and then to the Golden Boot Award menu item.
During 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) conducted a poll to determine the 'Greatest American Screen Legends'. Not many of our cowboy heroes and heroines made the final cut, but you can see the list of the names in the poll ... such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Gabby Hayes ... and William Boyd ... and the link will open or download the list in Adobe pdf format: http://www.afi.com/Docs/100Years/stars500.pdf