Rare Images of the Old West

photography_daguerreotype_old_west_curly_custer_crow_scoutPhotography became available just in time to capture most of the Westward movement of our nation.

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In the Eye of the Beholder

photo-sleuths-belle-starrWe’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the case of the purported tintype of Belle Starr, which sold for $7,000 during Brian Lebel’s 14th Annual Cody Old West Show & Auction on June 26-28, 2003, a picture has generated a thousand words.

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O Homo

O-HomoIn the summer of 1891, one of Tombstone’s most infamous characters showed up in town without a gun, without a name and without clothes. That’s right, without clothes. Except for a skull cap and crude leather sandals, this handsome, blue-eyed stranger—six feet tall, slightly bearded, of fine physique and intelligent bearing—was entirely naked. He also had a darn good tan.

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Custer Battlefield Museum

custer-battlefield-museumAfter his victory at Washita, a buckskin-clad Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer felt undaunted in his role of frontier Indian fighter.

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The Lone Ranger Luggage Fiasco

Lone-ranger_clayton-moore_collectable-costumeOn Christmas Eve in 1986, Clayton Moore flew into Houston, Texas, and discovered his luggage was lost, an unfortunate, but rather commonplace, event at airports. But then his bag could not be found.

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Deadwood Drama

deadwood-theatre-deadwood-dramaThe touring troupe would always remember that 1870s night in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, when Calamity Jane came to see them perform:

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Wyatt Earp’s First Film

wyatt-earp-western-cinemaIt was quite natural for Wyatt Earp to gravitate to Gower Gulch, the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street in Hollywood, where unemployed Southwestern cowboys gathered daily in search of work in the new moving picture industry. Many old pals from his Arizona, Nevada and Alaska days were there. They would swap tales, warmly recalling the dead past as old men so often do.

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The Long Arm of the Law

long-arm-of-lawEnforcing the law in the early West was a vocation for stout, fearless men.

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