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31 Western Photos, Some of Famous Westerners

31 Identified period photos including cabinet cards of Mormon Elder B.H. Roberts in disguise, “Soapy” Smith, and Frank James. 

Three tintype images, one of a young man in tall boots, another of two men- one older in western clothes, one younger, and a quarter plate of a homestead on the prairie; a CDV of a man dressed as a cowboy taken in Manila; three cabinet cards of famous westerners, including one of Mormon Elder B.H. Roberts, an author, politician, and hero of the early Mormon movement. The image shows him in disguise as a tramp, in which he famously recovered the bodies of two murdered Mormon missionaries. He had three wives, who gave birth to 15 children. Also a cabinet card identified on the back as being of “Soapy” Smith,” on his horse “Billy.” Smith was a famous western con-man and leader of organized crime. A cabinet card identified as being of Frank James in 1886, by Gardner of Missouri. There are also cabinet cards of a cowboy and horse, a Livery stable, and a Colorado canyon. There is a matted albumen print of a group of young men eating breakfast in front of a tent; an albumen print of a young man dressed as a gun-slinging cowboy with holstered double action revolver at his waist; two square cabinet cards of cowboys on a homestead; a gold edges cabinet card of a homestead on the prairie; a large matted albumen print of 6 men on a railroad push cart; a large matted albumen print photo of a western town; an albumen print photo of two young men in a campsite, one with a shotgun on his lap; a large matted albumen print photo of a western barber shop with a man being shaved; a creased albumen print of a family grouping with two men tapping a keg of beer; another family grouping having a rustic picnic; a matted albumen print of a man in fur coat, hat, and gloves standing in the snow; 5 real photo postcards of a buffalo kill with horse and massive buffalo gun, another of a western tent city, and one of the streets of Union, Nebraska about 1890, a group of men identified on the back as :Montana Man-Hunters, and a sentimental image of “a cow-puncher’s bunk;” three stereopticon cards, two identical of cowboys driving cattle, and one of a western tent city; a CDV sized photo of a man identified as “Julius B.”; and an apparently fake CDV with excise stamp of an armed cowboy.  Dimensions: the large albumen prints measure up to 9 5/8 by 8.  Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $30.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

Condition:

Varying. Some albumen prints are yellowed, but all are visible. The cabinet card of Elder Roberts in stained, as is the cabinet card of “Frank James.” Most other images are very good to excellent. The cabinet card of Elder Roberts is bent across the upper part of the card. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups. We do not accept credit cards.  

Estimate: $100 - $250
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$514
08/05/2021

 

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21%.  Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards.