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    Buffalo Bill and General Miles at the Aftermath of Wounded Knee. This incredible albumen photo is 7.25" x 4.25" laid down to an 8.5" x 5" cream-colored mount. It pictures four men on horseback in the foreground, scouting an Indian camp near Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on January 16, 1891, soon after the massacre at nearby Wounded Knee. As imprinted in the negative, they are identified as: Buffalo Bill (Cody), the famous western frontiersman; Capt. (Frank D.) Baldwin, a Civil War Medal of Honor winner active in various Indian campaigns; Gen. N(elson) A. Miles, another Civil War Medal of Honor winner, a legendary Indian fighter; and Capt. Moss [sic- actually Marion P. Maus], a Medal of Honor winner for the Indian Wars. George Trager was the photographer; he was the first to photograph the aftermath of Wounded Knee, having received permission from General Miles to do so. He quickly established the Northwestern Photographic Company in Chaldron, Nebraska to publish and market these photos. This present photo is "No. 109" and is one of the scarcer and more desirable of the series. Also, this larger image is rarer than the smaller cabinet cards and later real photo postcards usually offered. The photo is in fine condition with superb detail and tonal range. A bit of soiling, mostly in the border, is noted for accuracy. The back has two ads- one stating "Epilepsy Cured" and the other for more photos by this photographer from Wounded Knee.

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    December, 2005
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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