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    H.R. LOCKE CABINET IMAGE OF CALAMITY JANE. Locke is known to have photographed Calamity Jane in 1886, when she was 33 years old, and although this image comes from that sitting, it is identified as having been copyrighted in 1896 (and, obviously, printed after that date). Affixed to a 5 ½" x 6 ½" black cardboard backing, the image is identified at lower center as "Calamnity (sic) Jane, Gen. Crook's Scout." In 1870, Martha Jane Canary-Burke, better known as Calamity Jane, signed on as a scout with the U.S. Army and adopted the uniform, appearance, and lifestyle of a soldier. In 1875, her unit was ordered to the Big Horn River under General George Crook, where she served with distinction as a scout and courier. In 1896, Calamity Jane began touring with Wild West shows - something she continued to do until her death in 1903. It is possible this photograph was copyrighted and reprinted at about that time due to her popularity on the show circuit. Minor chipping to two corners of photographer's mount, image is in excellent condition.

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