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    "Texas Jack" Omohundro: An Important, Previously-unseen Tintype Photo.
    Posed in a studio in Western attire, probably when he was in New York City in 1873 to appear with Cody and Hickok in the stage play "Scouts of the Plains." A colorful Texas cowboy, he participated in some of the earliest cattle drives, including those along the Chisum Trail. In 1869 he moved to Cottonwood Springs, Nebraska, where he met "Buffalo Bill" Cody. They hunted and scouted together and guided such notables as Russia's Grand Duke Alexei. The two men traveled to New York in 1873 to appear in one of the earliest efforts to bring the Wild West to eastern audiences. Jack was a master of the rope and lasso, and is credited with being the first performer to introduce roping acts to the American stage. Throughout the 1870s he divided his time between stage performances in the East and scouting and guiding hunting parties in the West. In 1880 he died of pneumonia in Leadville at the tender age of 34. His son, Texas Jack, Jr. continued on in the Wild West show business, performing in such far-flung places as South Africa.
    This important 2.25" x 3.25" tintype image was probably intended for use in producing a commercial carte de visite, but we have no indication that any exist today. Condition is excellent, with an area of black-out at the bottom as shown.


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