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    [George A. Custer] Illingworth Stereoview: "Our First Grizzly, Killed by General Custer", 1874. Fantastic Stereoview depicting General Custer posing with a dead grizzly taken during the Black Hills Expedition. According to the diary kept by James Calhoun, one of the members of the expedition, Custer is pictured with Capt. W. Ludlow, Engineer Corps; Private Jno. Noonan, Co. L, 7th Cavalry; and the Indian scout Bloody Knife. Custer's celebrity was at its peak, and the event received nationwide news coverage. The event was reported the next month in the September 2nd issue of the Bismarck Tribune: "Gen. Custer and Col. Ludlow, on the 7th inst, killed a grizzly which weighed eight hundred pounds. Six or eight shots were fired before the old fellow surrendered... he grinned in defiance; but like all who fight Custer, he was compelled to surrender."

    Card No. "847". Left side of the card reads: "Stereographs of the Black Hills. Photographed by W. H. Illingworth." Right side: "Published by W. H. Illingworth No. East Seventh Street, St. Paul, Minn." Measures approximately 7" x 3.5".

    Fine-very fine, great contrast, gentle soiling to the mount.

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