DescriptionEXCEPTIONAL COMANCHE INDIAN CAMP - INDIAN TERRITORY - SET OF TWO LARGE FORMAT IMPERIAL CARDS - ca.1872. This historic, stunning and exceptionally rare set of two oversized Imperial cards represent the pinnacle of Native American Indian camp photography. These photographs are meant to be a historical study of Plains Indian tepee construction.
The first image has a title written on the front of the card in period script ink, "Lodge of the Plains Indians, - among the Cottonwood Trees. In a Comanche Camp, - Indian Ty. - 1872. Of dressed Buffalo skins, - 18 ft. diam.". The image shows a saddled horse in front of the tepee, with a shield stand visible behind. A white man stands to the left of the tent. This image has exceptional contrast and tonality, with very minor foxing at the edges, it measures 11"x 14" overall.
The second image also has a title in period script ink from the same author as the first, "Indian Lodges of Buffalo skins & Cedar poles. Diameter 18 feet, -height, 20 ft. Notice the method of fastening covering on frame; also arrangement for ventilation & the entrance as closed when occupants are out. Shield with scalp in centre, on tripod in fore-ground." The shield is proudly displayed to the right and the scalp can be seen. There is a number in the negative to the left, "485". This image also has fine contrast and tonality, with light foxing, and measures 7.5 x 10.5" overall. Comanche camp images of this size and quality from this early period should be considered very unique and nearly unattainable in any format.
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