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    Lizzie Goodman: Family Photograph Album. The album measures 9" x 1075" x 3". The plush cover is quite worn , and the binding is broken. The photographs are all intact and fairly clean with some foxing, bumping, tape residue, and minor surface abrasion.

    William F. Cody (1846-1917) and his older sister Julia Cody Goodman (1843-1926) were lifelong best friends and confidants. He once called her his "mother-sister," and he always referred to her husband, Al Goodman, as "brother." For over a dozen years Al and Julia managed Cody's Scout's Rest Ranch near North Platte, Nebraska, and became part of the life of the town. Al and Julia had nine children, and Cody grew particularly close to all of his Goodman nieces and nephews.

    Elizabeth, or Lizzie (1871-1898) was the Goodmans' third child and first daughter. There must have been a party for her on her sixteenth birthday, because this photograph album is inscribed on the flyleaf as a gift "From C. Harrington, North Platte Neb, to Lizzie Goodman, Scouts Rest Ranch, Oct. 23, 1887." Harrington was the son of one of the Cody family's best friends, "Major" M. C. Harrington. It would be romantic to know that Lizzie and young Harrington made a life together, but Lizzie in 1892 married thirty-year-old John Williamson and gave birth to two children before dying tragically young in 1898. Someone, perhaps John, kept the album up to date, at least for awhile. One of the most striking and unusual pictures is of Lizzie's youngest brother Walter (later a cavalry officer in France during WWI) who was born in 1892. It is a dashing nearly full-length profile of a teenaged Walter and is mounted on a photographer's card measuring" 3.75" x 8.75".

    There are thirty-seven photographs in all, most of them cabinet photos. Buffalo Bill is there in a handsome portrait shot by William Notman in 1885. His wife, Louisa, has signed the back of her card "From Aunt Lue [sic]/ to Lizzie/ Oct 27th 1889," and their daughter Arta has signed her photograph "Miss Arta L Cody." There are very scarce photographs of Al and Julia Goodman, and there is even one of Al's father.

    Altogether, this is an unmatched photographic chronicle of one of the West's most famous families.


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