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Sioux Indians of the Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Real Photo Postcard, Plus Additional Indian & Western Views
Lot # 475 - Sioux Indians of the Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Real Photo Postcard, Plus Additional Indian & Western Views
Lot of 21, including:

3.5 x 10 in. real photo postcard of Holy Rosary Mission P.R.S.D.(Pine Ridge, SD) / Rushville, Neb., photo by B.F. Ray.

Three standard-size real photo postcards, showing a military review at Camp Custer, Michigan (mailed by a soldier at the camp); a rodeo in Madras, Oregon; and a man pointing a gun at a man on a telephone.

Two chromolithograph post cards, showing Sioux survivors of Little Big Horn and the last of the US Army Indian scouts, at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Two 2.75 x 4.25 in. photographs of Seminoles.

Nine chromolithograph postcards of Indians, plus one each of Alaska and Colorado scenes.

One Keystone View Co. view of Laliberte's Fur Parlor in Quebec.

One photograph of a patriotic parade.
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Civil War Full Plate Tintype of 1st Lieutenant George Edgcumbe, 10th New Hampshire Infantry
Lot # 19 - Civil War Full Plate Tintype of 1st Lieutenant George Edgcumbe, 10th New Hampshire Infantry
In period frame, matted to 5 x 7 in. oval portrait. Image has been heavily "enhanced" with his coat, buttons, straps, even his beard has been painted over. Identified by note on verso as "Lt. G. Edgecumbe, 10th N.H.V. Co. B. 1863." George Edgcumbe enlisted as a 1st. Lieutenant in August 1862. He was commissioned into the 10th New Hampshire Infantry, Co. B. He transferred to Company D in April, before resigning his commission in August 1863. The unit was mustered into Federal service in September 1862, and left for Washington. It spent several weeks preparing for the field.

In October the unit joined the advance on Richmond with the Ninth Corps. In mid-November they were attacked while crossing the Rappahannock, and later while supporting a battery. It then moved to Fredericksburg in December and spent most of the winter on picket duty, although not prepared for the cold they experienced. Nearly all of its engagements were in Virginia, including the siege of Petersburg. In April 1865 they were occupying Richmond, although Lt. Edgcumbe did not stick around for that victory.
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<i>American Oil Works</i> Petroleum Center, Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Mathers
Lot # 502 - American Oil Works Petroleum Center, Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Mathers
10 x 12.75 in. arched top photo on larger mount. Manuscript label below: "American Oil works P'roleum Center. Penn Herman Cornell & Co. Photo by Mather Titusville Pen." Image of a large operation with a dozen buildings, at least three oil derricks, and over a dozen men all facing the camera.
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Precious Sixteenth Plate Daguerreotype of Infant Being Held up for the Camera
Lot # 244 - Precious Sixteenth Plate Daguerreotype of Infant Being Held up for the Camera
In full leather push-button case. Chubby arms protrude from a light gown. Hair is parted in the middle (boy?).
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Double Ninth Plate Union Case, <i>A Family Party,</i> Containing Four Ambrotypes of Women and a Child
Lot # 287 - Double Ninth Plate Union Case, A Family Party, Containing Four Ambrotypes of Women and a Child
Double ninth plate Union case, A Family Party (Krainik-560), containing four ninth plate ambrotypes.
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Hugh Cameron, <i>The Kansas Hermit</i>, Family Photograph Album
Lot # 503 - Hugh Cameron, The Kansas Hermit, Family Photograph Album
Album containing 44 photographs, ca late 19th century to early 20th century, featuring members of the Cameron family, including Hubert G. (or Herbert G.), Todd, and Albert (the compiler of this album).  Photos trace the Cameron's family's life from Kansas to New Mexico then to El Paso and elsewhere in the West.  Notably includes ca 1870s-1880s cartes-de-visite of family members with sewn borders, the highlight being a 1.25 x 2 in. portrait identified as "Judge Cameron," with a Williams & Thomson, Kansas City, KS backmark.

Herbert left home and went west, first "punching" cows and breaking horses. His first wife was "Blanch [Blanche?] Duncan." She was Todd Cameron's mother, and died young, at the age of 27. Herbert's second wife was Trinidad, born in Mexico in 1896. She gave birth to Albert. She died in El Paso, TX, of tuberculosis. Many of the photos are Todd and Albert engaged in various activities. Todd later died in WWI. Other photos are of Herbert, who worked in the northwest in mines, the sawmills, he ran a gas station in New Mexico, and was a farmer in Bastrup County, TX. In 1930, the census lists his occupation as "watchman," so he appears to have picked up whatever jobs he could to support his family. The annotations on the photos also indicate that Herbert lost his right hand in an accident with mining machinery, so his prospects may have been limited.

Family history holds that this family was related to Hugh Cameron, who became known as the "Kansas Hermit." Since Hugh does not seem to have ever married, it may well be one of his brothers. According to various biographies, he was the third of six boys and two girls born to Allen and Catherine Frazier Cameron in New York state. Allen was born in Scotland, but it is unclear whether Catherine was, also, or whether she was born in New York. We have been unable to locate the information on all of the siblings, but the idea that one or more of them followed Hugh to Kansas is entirely plausible. We have also been unable to find a first name on "Judge Cameron" pictured in the album - presumably one of Hugh's brothers.

Hugh Cameron (1826-1908), "The Kansas Hermit," was an abolitionist, Civil War officer, judge, and founder and resident of Lawrence, KS, known for his eccentric behavior.  Originally from upstate New York, he was teaching math in Washington, DC, when he was fired for espousing his "radical" anti-slavery views, so he decided to walk to Kansas to settle and have his voice and vote heard during the Border War period of the 1850s. Connections from Washington secured him an appointment as a territorial judge, and he used his power to counteract the "Ruffians"  promoting slavery in the state. When the Civil War broke out, Cameron enlisted and received a commission as a first lieutenant in Co. F, 2nd Kansas Cavalry, and was promoted to captain by the end of the year.  He was made lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry (Union) in February 1864, eventually being promoted to brevet brigadier general for meritorious service. 

After the war, Cameron's eccentricities began to emerge.  Despite his status as a former judge and military hero with connections in the federal government, he began living in a hollowed out tree in Lawrence and eschewed the social norms of the time. One report holds that this was the result of being "spurned by Mary Phelps, a Missouri woman." (Lawrence Journal-World, May 27, 2001). The Kansas Hermit usually emerged for some spectacular purpose, such as walking to Santa Fe, NM, to deliver a letter of apology to the people of the state for Kansas Sen. Edmund Ross casting the vote, which prevented President Andrew Johnson from being convicted at his impeachment trial.  He later said that the purpose of "burying [him]self in the woods" was to emulate the life of the prophets in the hope that he would receive "visions."
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Early Albumen Panoramic Photograph of Oklahoma City 1889, by <i>That Man Stone Co.</i>
Lot # 497 - Early Albumen Panoramic Photograph of Oklahoma City 1889, by That Man Stone Co.
Panoramic albumen photograph, 3.75 x 10 in., titled and dated in the negative Oklahoma City - '89.  Penciled on mount's verso: Taken from high ground in rear of Agt. Summer's House lookin South west.  bldgs [?] east of RR are Erb House, the others are RR Staion, McGrandan Hotel & Stage Ranch.  This bottom is the site of Oklahoma City.

Various sources indicate this photograph was made by early Oklahoma photographer Fred L. Stone, who operated under the name "That Man Stone."  Stone was present the morning of April 22, 1889, before the Land Run began at noon, and captured views of the small settlement consisting of a water tank, lumber yard, and a few dwelling serving a detachment of the 13th US Infantry who were preparing for the opening of the Unassigned Lands.  By sundown the same day, the same area included the camps of 10,000 settlers, including dozens of new buildings housing open businesses.
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<i>The Warren Paint Co.'s Ready Mixed Paints</i>, Fine Early Color Typeset Broadside
Lot # 424 - The Warren Paint Co.'s Ready Mixed Paints, Fine Early Color Typeset Broadside
Ca 1870s.  Four-color, coated-stock, typeset broadside affixed with 30 swatches of various paint colors.  21.25 x 27.25 in., framed to 23.75 x 29.75 in.
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Indian Wars-Period Photograph of Army Musicians
Lot # 467 - Indian Wars-Period Photograph of Army Musicians
6.875 x 9.875 in. mounted photograph of a six-piece army band posed in front of a tent.  The men wear Co. E, 1st Infantry kepis.  Verso stamp of Gibson, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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