Is the Time-Life photo of the James Gang authentic? I have found a photo that has all these men in it.
Unfortunately, no. The photo that appears in Time-Life’s Old West series volume The Gunfighters is a fake. I ran the details you provided of your photo by some of our Old West photo experts, Robert G. McCubbin and John Boessenecker, and they confirm that this is also not a photo of Jesse James and his outlaw gang. Even if the first photo was authentic, your photo would need a chain of custody linked to the James to provide clear provenance before being deemed authentic. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. . His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at email@example.com