Hello. Thank you for allowing me to join this community, and this thread. I'm a photo historian, with a strong interest in American vernacular photography. I bought this picture some years ago on eBay (cheap! I was the only bidder). It's by the New York theatrical photographer Benjamin Falk, taken around 1900-1901 in his studio atop the Waldorf Astoria hotel, then on 33rd Street.
Recently I was looking at some of the portraits of the Wild West Show Indians taken in New York by Gertrude Käsebier in 1898, and began studying the faces in this picture and trying to match them to hers. I wonder if anyone can confirm or deny my tentative IDs.
Standing third from left might be Iron Tail. Seated at front, second from right, might be Flying Hawk. The older man seated in the center, wearing a war bonnet, might be Blue Horse. Much more tentatively, standing second from left might be Lone Bear.
I'd be grateful for your feedback. I took the picture through the frame with my phone, but if a scan would help I could do that.
yes, Sam Lone Bear is standing 2nd from left. Rocky Bear likely is the man with war-bonnet in the center. Comes-Out-Holy standing in the back. I think I have a better scan somewhere, so I´ll look on weekend...
Subject: Indians (Native Americans); Buffalo Bill's Wild West show; BBWW show; cast; Sam Lone Bear; Iron Tail; Rocky Bear; Flying Hawk; Whirlwind Horse; Great Thunder
Description: Cast of Buffalo Bill's Wild West posed, some with family, in front of painted backdrop of the arena. Tentative identification on the following individuals: Great Thunder (far left); Sam-Lone-Bear (2nd from left); Iron Tail (3rd from left); Rocky Bear (Middle of bottom row, seated on ground); Flying Hawk (2nd from right seated on ground); Whirlwind-Horse (5th from right standing). Taken in New York City, New York--possibly at Madison Square Gardens.
Great Thunder? The woman with child in front of Rocky Bear is Calls Her Name, and the man tenth from right I think is her husband Ghost Bear.
Sorry, I misspelled; thank you Dietmar. Wolfgang, the thing that puzzles me is this: Great Thunder is said to be on the far left, but at far left is a portly, clearly Anglo individual who looks like William Howard Taft (and whom another source tentatively identified as Buffalo Bill's treasurer, Jule Keen).