Another collage of Cross photos turned up at an auction site recently:
Some are easy to identify, others are not: first row: Spotted Tail´s girl, (Custer´s Last Stand), Yankton Twins, Spotted Tail´s daughter second row: ??, 7th Cavalry portraits, ??, Spotted Tail´s family third row: 1875 delegation, Flat Nose John, Colorow (Ute), Standing Bear fourth row: ??, Yellow Hair, ??, Rain-in-the-Face
Not all of these are Cross photos, as you obviously can see. The first one in second row (with war club) and the third one in fourth row (with hat) are most interesting to me. Higher resolution versions of these photographs are welcomed...
Could be, although there's a Cross photo of a Yankton Indian with similarly wavy hair. Are the two photos in the centre of the bottom row by Cross? I'm wondering about the trees in the background - I don't associate them with his other photos, but I guess they could be later works.
I have at least one other Cross photo with the tree backdrop, so I assume the photos are indeed by him. The originals are stored in the E.Y. Berry Library of the Black Hills State University, South Dakota.
Good morning, everyone. Thank you for posting the new montage. I had not seen that one yet!
Yes, the first portrait in the second row is White Thunder. I have seen several full views of this image (including one in the Ricker Collection, Nebraska State Historcal Society) and they are all titled correctly.
I think that the Brule portrait series (with the firewood in the background) were all taken in 1878. They were initially published by Cross as a series of stereoscopic and cdv views titled "New Spotted Tail Agency." Recall that the Spotted Tail Agency was moved from northwestern Nebraska to the Ponca reservation on the Missouri in late 1877 and became known as the "new" Spotted Tail AGency; it was then removed to its present location in southern South Dakota and renamed the Rosebud Agency a year later.
The Niobrara Pioneer (newspaper) records that Cross left Niobrara for the new Spotted Tail Agency on Feb. 14, 1878 where he remained for several months taking Brule photographs. The paper noted on March 22, 1878 that it had received a photo of Spotted Tail and two of his daughters from Cross. Cross then moved to Niobrara in July 1878.
I think the series was taken in early 1878 (hence everyone is all bundled up with coats and blankets).
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2008 10:34:34 GMT -5 by ephriam
"Though there is a no.9 in period ink on the left side of the mount, the correct title is no 14 Drying Meat. Listing on back for Spotted Tail Agency and Upper Missouri River views. W.R. Cross, Niobrara imprint."