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    Cabinet Card of A.O. Babel, the "Original Texas Cowboy Pianist," and Miss Mattie Babel, "Cow Girl Cornetist" circa 1880s. Photographed by Elmer Chickering in Boston, this image depicts A.O. and Mattie standing together in a studio setting. A.O. wears chaps, a gun belt and holster, and holds a rifle. Mattie wears a simple dress and hat, as well as a gun belt with holster and Bowie knife. She holds her cornet. During his career, A.O. played in New York City and for European royalty. Image measures approximately 4" x 5.5" and is affixed to the slightly larger black mount of Boston photographer Elmer Chickering. Mount is bears gilt lettering and gilded edges. On verso, Chickering's large and interesting logo, with penciled notations: "A.O. Babel Cow Boy, Pianist. Miss Mattie Babel, Solo Cornetist." Pristine and quite handsome! From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Condition: Light overall age toning; faint wear to mount corners. Very fine.


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    January, 2009
    23rd-24th Friday-Saturday
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