Post by grahamew on Jul 17, 2008 11:35:45 GMT -5
Can anyone tell me who took this and when it was taken?
This site - hem.bredband.net/pedorch/foto_bull1.html - shows a print in a Gilbert mount, but from what I can make out of the text, credits the photo to R. L. Kelly, a photographer working in Pierre from 1880, and dates it to 1883; Markus Lindner's essay in North Dakota History on SB photos also dates it then, crediting it to either Scott at Fort Yates; Kelly in Pierre (while SB was en route from Fort Randall to Standing Rock); or to N. W. Chadron (surely a reference to the N. W. Photo Company of Chadron in N W Nebraska?). The version in Jensen, Paul and Carter's Eyewitness at Wounded Knee is marked on the print itself as copyrighted by the N W Photo Co, Chadron, Neb., as are, of course many of the photos of the aftermath of Wounded Knee. This would date it considerably later, but we know how photographers were fairly unscrupolous when it came to passing off the work of others as theirs and there are certainly Trager and Moreledge photos that have been deliberately mislabelled to increase their news-worthiness and value.
To me, this date seems a little early. I confess, I have no real evidence to date it later except that he looks older and considerably more haggard than in the Palmquist and Jurgens photos taken in 1884 and older than in the photo taken with his mother, daughter and others, usually dated 1883-4:
I also seem to recall Brock referring to Ernie LaPoint's testimony that SB didn't wear a hat until after he'd toured with Cody (although the man said to be him in that alleged Anderton photo taken at Fort Walsh in 1878 is wearing one). I have actually seen this in a Scott mount, although doesn't necessarilly mean anything...
Here's a closer view: