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    VERY SCARCE AND DESIRABLE HUFFMAN PHOTO SERIES OF THE CUSTER BATTLEFIELD. In 1877, L.A. Huffman found himself acting as "Post Photographer with the Army engaged here in the Yellowstone-Big Horn country during the late seventies in the stirring Indian campaigns close following the destruction of Custer's command." That spring, he traveled to the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn to photograph 101 images of the aftermath of the Battle. Identified as "Series F," this set of six 3½" x 4" photographs includes the following:


    281: Where Custer Fell - Bones and Debris. Sight of Present Monument.
    282: Graves of Unknown
    283: The First Wood Monument
    284: Grave of Colonel Keogh
    286: Grave of Lieutenant Crittenden
    287: Grave of Lieutenant Sturgis

    Each image depicts a sobering sight - piles of bleached horse bones, hand-painted grave markers, the original wooden Custer gravesite, mounds of stones marking where soldiers fell, and a single weather-beaten boot near the grave of an unknown.

    Sometime around 1900, Huffman produced a series of contact prints marketed as sets and shipped in small manila envelopes with labels detailing image numbers and titles. The shipping envelope is intact, and the label reads: "This Series with A, C, H, G, D and E, 101 prints in all, compose my large collection, unmounted sepia, special for the 101, $20.00. Not reproductions but original photographs, every one of them. I am sending out the collection to critical collectors as fast as the old negatives will produce them, and the letters of acknowledgement are, without exception, encouraging. Not a complaint about price or quality. L.A. Huffman, Miles City, Montana." Contrary to Huffman's description, the six images in this set are mounted on 5" x 5" olive green matte boards, and each is identified on verso in pencil. Accompanying the photographs are two typed (reproduced)


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    November, 2007
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