November 20, 2020
Strange as it may seem, I still find old photos I have never seen and it defies the odds—and logic—because I have been looking at Old West images for a very long time.
Yesterday, a major historian showed up at my studio with two boxes full of fantastic original photographs. Here's just one of them.
Fort Grant Parade Ground, 1888
Yes, that is a lake at middle, right, and I think that might even be, could it be, a water fountain? Yes, according to Gay Mathis, it is Lake Constance, named for Anson Mills's daughter. It was Anson who built the concrete pond and had fountains installed that spouted water 100 feet in the air. And check out the foursome playing lawn tennis, at left. Here's a close up:
Meanwhile, this same historian, John Langellier, and I, went in together, and bougtht this never-before-published photograph of Apache Scouts.
That's Dandy, at left, and fourth from left, Alchesay, standing. And here's a close-up of them.
The Langellier box of photos is full of so many gems, here is just one more for your edification.
We are going to do a major feature on these photographs in an upcoming issue of True West.
And, here is the man himself, holding court.
"I see by your attitude that you are a footnote nut."
—Old Historian Saying
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