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    Cabinet Card Death Photograph of Navajo Frank Lynching, ca. 1882. From My Life on the Frontier, 1882-1897 by Miguel Antonio Otero: "Up over halfway hill, past the scene of the doomed man's crime and down Railroad Avenue went the procession, and no little amount of fun was enjoyed by the citizens on the march. Arriving at a suitable telegraph pole near the north end of the railroad yard, Navajo Frank was prepared for the execution...Seeing that there was no satisfaction to be gained by this prattle, the noose was adjusted, the knot coming under the left ear and the miserable bad man was raised from the ground and left dangling to the cross beam of the telegraph pole...From the time when the noose was finally arranged, Frank did not speak, nor did a muscle of his body move when he was swung into infinite space...Next morning a coroner's jury of six men gathered to view dangling remains, and arrived at the verdict that, "Francisco Tafoya (Navajo Frank)... came to his death by reason of being hung by the neck to a rope...same being attached to a telegraph pole, and that said hanging was done by some person or persons to this justice and jury unknown."

    This very rare framed cabinet card of the lynching of Navajo Frank was taken by an unidentified photographer in Deming, New Mexico Territory in 1882. This is the scene a few hours after he was pulled from jail still hanging from a telegraph pole next to the railroad yard. Overall measurements 12.5" x 11".

    Condition: Fine, slight light contrast, frame has minor scratches.

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