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    The Dalton Gang: Aftermath of the Coffeyville Raid Composite Photo. Around 9:30 am on the morning of October 5, 1892, five members of the Dalton Gang (Grat Dalton, Emmett Dalton, Bob Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell) rode into the small town of Coffeyville, Kansas. Their objective was to achieve financial security and make outlaw history by simultaneously robbing two banks. From the beginning, their audacious plan went astray. The hitching post where they intended to tie their horses had been torn down due to road repairs. This forced the gang to hitch their horses in a near-by alley - a fateful decision. To disguise their identity, (Coffeyville was the Dalton's hometown), two of the Dalton's wore false beards and wigs. Despite this, the gang was recognized as they crossed the town's wide plaza, split up, and entered the two banks. Suspicious townspeople watched through the banks' wide front windows as the robbers pulled their guns. Someone on the street shouted, "The bank is being robbed!" and the citizens quickly armed themselves - taking up firing positions around the banks. The ensuing firefight lasted less than fifteen minutes. A brief moment in time in which four townspeople lost their lives, four members of the Dalton Gang were gunned down, and a small Kansas town became part of history. We offer a rarely seen composite photograph of the four members of the Dalton Gang arrayed in their coffins plus a view of the survivor, Emmett. It measures 5 1/2" x 2" and is affixed to a 6.5" x 4.25" mount. The subjects are identified in pencil (Texas Jack, Wilson Jack, Bob, Grant, Emmit), with Bill Powell and Dick Broadwell either misidentified or assigned popular nicknames. The quality of the photos is excellent, an indication it is a first generation image produced by the original photographer, for sale as a souvenir. The back side has the name of the original owner, Marve Merritt of Junction City, Kansas, the great grandfather of the consignor. Merritt worked in various occupations, including thirty-five years as marshal or deputy sheriff of Ellsworth, Kansas, commencing in 1893. The consignor recalls the elderly Merritt telling him how the train carrying the bodies of the Dalton Gang stopped in a town, the bodies removed and laid out on the platform and then photographed. (Merritt was working for the railroad in 1892 when the Coffeyville raid took place).That image has been sold at auction several times. We assume these images were taken in Coffeyville at the funeral home that prepared the bodies for burial and cannot find any examples being offered at auction. We think the images of the gang laid out in their coffins with a bullet hole clearly visible in Bob Dalton's chest and Grat's neck makes these images more compelling, graphic and desirable than the more commonly seen platform photo. These images are also known in carte-de-visite (CDV) format and as a composite CDV.

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    December, 2012
    11th-12th Tuesday-Wednesday
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