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    Outstanding Large Bust Image of Col. T. Edwards, Patent Medicine Man. One of the more noted patent medicine hucksters of 19th Century was Col. Thomas Augustus Edwards. During the Civil War, Edwards joined the ranks of the Secret Service, operating behind enemy lines as a spy for the Union Army. In 1866, still employed by the Secret Service, he traveled to Oregon during the Snake Indian War, where he got the idea of selling Indian medicines to the masses. He collected a troupe of Warm Spring Indians and began traveling the country entertaining large crowds to whom he sold his questionable nostrums. In 1876, Edwards organized the Oregon Indian Medicine Company; his best selling patent medicines were "Ka-Ton-Ka, The Great Indian Remedy" and Modoc Oil, neither of which produced the dramatic cures they promised. Photo depicts Edwards in a ¾ profile bust pose, his long hair flowing down his back. Image measures 6.5" x 9" and is affixed to a slightly larger, heavyweight board with beveled, gilt edges. Photographer's name at lower edge of mount is trimmed and indecipherable. Perfect for prominent display! From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Condition: Minor wear at mount corners, else very fine


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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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