DescriptionTerrific Cabinet Card of A.O. Babel, the "Original Texas Cowboy Pianist," and Miss Mattie Babel, "Cow Girl Cornetist." Originally attributed to noted New York photographer Charles Eisenmann, this studio image depicts A.O. at the keys of an upright piano, with Mattie standing nearby playing her cornet. Babel was born in Seguin, TX in 1858. Before becoming a musician, he worked as a guide, scout, cowboy, and interpreter. He discovered his gift as a pianist while at Fort Sill, Indian Territory. During his career, he played in New York City and for European royalty. Image measures approximately 4" x 6" and is affixed to the slightly larger mount of Minneapolis photographer E.I. Rugg. Ink stamps on verso read: "A: O. Babel, Cow Boy Pianist," and "Miss. Mattie Babel. Cow Girl Cornetist." From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.
Condition: Moderate age toning; missing lower right corner of photographer's mount does not affect image. Very good.
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