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    SET OF TWO NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN STEREOGRAPHS FROM LIEUTENANT GEORGE WHEELER'S EXPEDITION OF 1873 ca.1875. This set of two stereo views from the Corps of Engineering Expedition of 1873, highlight the early dress and weaponry of the Southwest Indian tribes. These are part of a much larger set taken by noted photographer Timothy O' Sullivan, as he accompanied the engineers across the West. O' Sullivan was Matthew Brady's apprentice in Washington, D.C. and worked as a Civil War photographer with Alexander Gardener. These stereo views are great examples of the limited number of armed images that came in O'Sullivan's body of work.

    The first stereo view is no. 29 "Navajo Brave and his Mother". A fine portrait showing a brave with his bow and arrow, his mother wrapped in a trade blanket. This is an image with great contrast, in good condition with minor staining on the top portion, measuring 7"x 4".

    The second stereo view is no. 33 "Apache Indians, as they appear ready for the war-path". A great image which is meant to display weapons in the chronological order of use by time. The man on the far left has a large, early-style spear or lance, and a sheathed knife and gun belt. The center man has a bow and arrow ready to shoot, along with a fine headdress. The man on the right has a Springfield rifle, which may be an early conversion. This card is in fair condition with minor staining and measures 7"x 4".

    Mautz, Carl. Biographies of Western Photographer's, (Nevada City, California: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997).


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