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    George Armstrong Custer: One of the Most Famous Images of Custer, Posed with Russian Grand Duke Alexis. This original 7.875" x 10" boudoir photo was taken at St. Louis by photographer James A. Scholten in January 1872. Alexis paid a much-publicized visit to America, the highlight of which was a hunting expedition in the West. Custer and "Buffalo Bill" Cody were recruited as guides and companions, and Custer developed a congenial friendship with the Russian aristocrat. Here we see him dressed in distinctly non-military attire appropriate for a hunting trip.

    The photo shows strong contrast and is in near-mint condition save for one miniscule fine corner crease. The mount is in very good shape, with minor wear and light soiling. A stamp on verso indicates that this was once the property of the research department of the famed Western Costume Company in Los Angeles, which accumulated many wonderful original artifacts in the days before they had monetary value. Pencil notations and glue residues from long-ago on the reverse side as well of little consequence.

    This image is published with a full-page plate on page 99 of Dr. Mark Katz's book Custer in Photographs, as well as on page 50 of Glenwood Swanson's book G. A. Custer: His Life and Times.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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