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    Cabinet Photograph of Whimsical Tombstones on Main Street, Larned, Kansas 1882. 4.25" x 6.5". No photographer's imprint. Penciled identification on the verso "B. F. Bickel/ Larned/ Kansas/ 1882." A macabre joke, staged on a dirt street in Larned, Kansas featuring two "graves", complete with boots protruding from the dirt and hats respectfully laid atop the mounds, and with readable wood markers. One reads "In Memory of N. B. Freeland, Vene Vidi Vici", the other "In Memory of R. H. Ballinger Sic Semper Tyrannis". Clearly visible in the background is a drug store and harness shop. The exact meaning of the joke is currently lost to history, but further research might unlock the mystery. Freeland was a prominent Larned attorney and Ballinger was the editor of the local newspaper. The consignor has provided detailed biographies of both men which will accompany the photograph. The mount has significant chipping along the left and bottom edges, otherwise the image remains relatively sharp, and in good condition.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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