Lenny and Sawyers Gallery, Purcell, Indian Territory
William J. Lenny and William L. Sawyers operated a photography studio in the town of Purcell in Indian Territory, circa. 1889-1991. These two entrepreneurs photographed the Indian tribes who lived on the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache (K-C-A) and Wichita-Caddo reservations, and marketed their portraits of “wild Indians” - including tribal chiefs, braves and women and children - to “curiosity seekers” back east.
Lenny, a field photographer, was thought to have taken most of the photographs, while Sawyers managed the studio in Purcell. Many of their photos were reproduced in the 1890 U.S. Census.