Thursday, January 07, 2010

January 7, 2010
Okay, I went home for lunch and whipped out another study for Arizona Charlie:

Gave his eyes some emotion. I think I know this guy (it's Wacco!) And then remembered I have a rare photo of Charlie in a great book called The Klondike Quest by Pierre Berton:

This is a photo from The Palace Grand Dance Hall in Dawson, Alaska (it still exists). Check out those Sports to the left of Chas! Amazing. The text says Arizona Charlie often shot glass balls held between his wife's thumb and forefinger, until he accidently shot off her thumb and the exhibitions ceased. The saloon was allegedly constructed from the remains of two steamboats, although the copy also says his "family had been wiped out by the Apaches and [Charlie] boasted he had fought hand to hand with Geronimo." So, take it all with a grain of salt.

Speaking of grains, here is a triptych of the jacked casing that the Ringo Kid ejected from the movie Stagecoach:

You get a little more sense of the action with this verion. Thanks Robert Ray. Very cool.

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—Walter Matthau

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