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    [Nevada Mining]. Two Photographs Depicting Virginia City Men Guarding Gold. The first image, 4.75" x 4", shows three men, one of which is holding a shotgun, leaning against a stone wall in front of a barrel. To the right of the farthest man leans a second shotgun. On the barrels lid rests two gold bricks. The verso reads: "Gold Bricks worth $45,000." A second image, 5" x 4", shows the same men (minus the firearms), in the same location, and in front of the same barrel on which rests six gold "buttons." The verso of the second photograph reads: "Gold buttons worth $45,000." The second image has minor scratching at top left. Both images are affixed to boards to an overall size of 6.25" x 5.5".

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    Virginia City is one of the oldest established communities in Nevada, tracing its genesis to the Comstock Lode silver strike in 1859. At its peak Virginia City was considered the wealthiest city in the United States and had a population in excess of 30,000 people. It's estimated that $400 million in silver was mined at the Comstock twenty its twenty year boom. But, by 1898 the boom was over and the city's population decreased significantly. Besides the Comstock Lode, the city is also famous for being the literary "birthplace" of Samuel Clemens's famous pseudonym "Mark Twain". Clemens worked as a reporter at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper where he first used his famous pen name as a sign off to a humorous travel article titled "Letter From Carson".  While at Virginia City Twain was also the "victim" of a mugging staged as a practical joke by his friends. Twain mentioned the episode in his 1872 book "Roughing It" and still seemed to be a bit miffed after all those years.



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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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