ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a California gold miner shaking hands with a prominent western gold rush gentlemen]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype portrait of a California gold miner shaking hands with a prominent western gold rush gentlemen]

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a heavily armed gentleman, with two pistols in his pants and a rifle in his hands]
via Ebay

ca. 1860-80’s, [hand tinted, tintype portrait of a heavily armed gentleman, with two pistols in his pants and a rifle in his hands]

via Ebay

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a heavily armed western gent], Kramer
via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870-90’s, [cabinet card, portrait of a heavily armed western gent], Kramer

via Carl Mautz Vintage Photography & Publishing, Cabinet Cards

ca. 1870, [alleged tintype portrait of Jesse James]
via the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

ca. 1870, [alleged tintype portrait of Jesse James]

via the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype of the wagon studio of traveling photographer William Harding with the subject seated inside], James A. Boyd 

Inscribed in pencil, “Taken By James A. Boyd at White Pigeon June the 6 1855, James A. Boyd Artist, Artist Wm Hardings Car, Price $6.00”.

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype of the wagon studio of traveling photographer William Harding with the subject seated inside], James A. Boyd

Inscribed in pencil, “Taken By James A. Boyd at White Pigeon June the 6 1855, James A. Boyd Artist, Artist Wm Hardings Car, Price $6.00”.

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of Olive Oatman, Survivor of the Oatman Massacre and held five years in captivity by Yavapais indians]

"In 1851 Olive Oatman survived the brutal massacre of most of her family by the Yavapais in Arizona and was held in captivity for five years. While in captivity she was tattooed on her face and arms in the tribal tradition.”

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ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of Olive Oatman, Survivor of the Oatman Massacre and held five years in captivity by Yavapais indians]

"In 1851 Olive Oatman survived the brutal massacre of most of her family by the Yavapais in Arizona and was held in captivity for five years. While in captivity she was tattooed on her face and arms in the tribal tradition.”

via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1875-85, [tintype portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith, armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle]

Smith was hired by "Buffalo Bill" Cody to appear with his Wild West troop in 1886. Almost immediately, she was seen to be Annie Oakley’s rival. During Cody’s tour of Europe the following summer, the rivalry became public over perceived slights by European royalty. Smith left the show in 1889, and faded into obscurity.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1875-85, [tintype portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith, armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle]

Smith was hired by "Buffalo Bill" Cody to appear with his Wild West troop in 1886. Almost immediately, she was seen to be Annie Oakley’s rival. During Cody’s tour of Europe the following summer, the rivalry became public over perceived slights by European royalty. Smith left the show in 1889, and faded into obscurity.

via Cowan’s Auctions

ca. 1849, [daguerreotype with applied color, handwritten note inserted in case, “Dr. MacBeth in the costume in which he crossed the plains, fleeing from the cholera of which he died”]
via the George Eastman House Collection

ca. 1849, [daguerreotype with applied color, handwritten note inserted in case, “Dr. MacBeth in the costume in which he crossed the plains, fleeing from the cholera of which he died”]

via the George Eastman House Collection

ca. 1868-70, [tintype portrait of a demure cowboy wearing a hat, knife, revolver and  boots with spurs]
via the Southern Methodist Central University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1868-70, [tintype portrait of a demure cowboy wearing a hat, knife, revolver and boots with spurs]

via the Southern Methodist Central University Library, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

ca. 1847, [daguerreotype portrait of a well-armed frontiersman with a Sheffield Bowie knife, bar hammer pepperbox, and a .69 caliber smoothbore musket]
via Heritage Auctions

ca. 1847, [daguerreotype portrait of a well-armed frontiersman with a Sheffield Bowie knife, bar hammer pepperbox, and a .69 caliber smoothbore musket]

via Heritage Auctions

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