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    A great image with all of those holsters and gun belts shown, bearkat6! Since some are still wearing 7-1/2" barreled Colts, this picture must be early.

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    Here is a stereo image of one Sheriff of Billings, County. He is wearing a plated Colt SAA with 4-3/4" barrel and pearl (or ivory) grips in a single-loop holster. He appears to be in an early A-frame high backed saddle. Wearing heavy woolly chaps with matching saddle bags.
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    Here is an unpublished large cabinet photo by L. S. Hazeltine of solders in the field with 45-70 trapdoor rifles. Hazeltine worked Montana, Idaho, and Oregon as a photographer 1880's-90's. This image is believed to be in Montana, possibly near Fort Snelling.
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    Times don't change as much as you think. 12 years ago I decided to learn to take tintypes aka wetplate photography. I did it because I wanted something very difficult to learn and requiring precision and "lost arts." Like blackpowder! But anyway, I got good eventually (published in several magazines, put on workshops, moderated forums, etc). Me and a friend decided to hang out a shingle and try to make a little money taking wetplate portraits.

    We set up at a nearby historic ranch, that has "Heritage weekend" full of cowboy activities and vendors. We had sample plates on the table, nice signs and a big wooden camera with brass lens. We could not get any customers.
    Every one would walk up and say "Is it free?"

    We'd answer "these plates are made exactly like in the 1800s! They will last a lifetime and are unique, one of a kind! We will have it ready in 30 minutes, you can come back and pick it up, developed and dry! All for only $25!!!"

    They'd shake their heads and walk off. Usually across the way to the food vendors, where they'd buy a $15 hamburger and $8 beer.

    The few that expressed interest asked, "do you have ole timey clothes and guns and such we can put on?" (props). "Er....no, this isn't those dress-up studios that take a digital shot, these are REAL tintypes!" They'd shake their heads and walk off.

    I have better luck taking wetplates of friends. Here is one, former fighter pilot and a very tough guy, a very close friend. His real gun and clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azshot View Post
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    We set up at a nearby historic ranch, that has "Heritage weekend" full of cowboy activities and vendors. We had sample plates on the table, nice signs and a big wooden camera with brass lens. We could not get any customers.
    Every one would walk up and say "Is it free?"

    We'd answer "these plates are made exactly like in the 1800s! They will last a lifetime and are unique, one of a kind! We will have it ready in 30 minutes, you can come back and pick it up, developed and dry! All for only $25!!!"
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    The few that expressed interest asked, "do you have ole timey clothes and guns and such we can put on?" (props). "Er....no, this isn't those dress-up studios that take a digital shot, these are REAL tintypes!" They'd shake their heads and walk off.
    Yep, it's hard to get ordinary folks excited about medium and method. If it's historic, they want it to look historic. You might have done better holding an event at an urban museum of applied art and offering wine and cheese to potential customers

    When I was involved in reenacting, we had a historic photographer with a wet plate camera attending the large events. He sold mostly to the reenactors. I'm in the attached picture, although I won't tell you who. This is a cellphone scan from a framed picture, so it looks worse than the real one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozmo View Post
    Only someone from Texas

    "1886. Miles City (Montana) photographer L.A. Huffman was working far from home when he made this photo of Henry Tunis on the unfenced range (perhaps near Fort Peck)." Tunis came up from Texas originally to work the XIT in Montana.
    Is thus guy a true lefty or is this a reversed image? BTW: You've gotta love that bridal!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thecoltguy View Post
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    Although the Pinkerton Agency was involved in the hunt for the Cassidy/Sundance gang following the Wilcox robbery, the men pictured are special employees of the Union Pacific, making up a posse to track down robbers. They are, from left to right, (standing) unidentified, (mounted) George Hiatt, T.T. Keliher, Joe LeFors, Henry Davis, Si Funk and Thomas J. "Jeff" Carr.

    Another picture of the group, taken inside their special car. They appear to be armed with 1895 Model Winchesters:

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    The guy second from the left and seated with the campaign hat looks like Lee Marvin from "The Professionals".
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    Darn, I also thought it was Festus and I’m in Florida. I watched 2 episodes of Gunsmoke today to confirm identity.
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