Sunday, October 23, 2011

Photo album: Wyatt Earp discovered in Antique Store

From the L.A. Times:

Two brothers find evidence of the personal life of legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp. He wasn't always a tough guy. Keith Collins and his brother Brian display photographs of Wyatt Earp as a boy and as a man. They were among many others in a photo album the brothers discovered in an antique store in Hesperia.

The photos, formal portraits taken by professional photographers, show subjects in their best clothes. The brothers say two of Earp's wives — Urilla Sutherland and Mattie Blaylock — are pictured. Missing is his third wife, Josephine "Sadie" Marcus, who was at his side when he died.

Also included are photos of Thomas Fitch, the lawyer who represented Earp in the judicial hearing after the 1881 gun battle at the O.K. Corral, and Calamity Jane, according to the brothers.

They speculate that Earp may have met frontierswoman Martha Jane Cannary in the Dakota Territory boomtown of Deadwood. Or Earp could have simply purchased the tintype: Calamity Jane sold them.

Read the rest of the story HERE.

8 comments:

Jamie Lee Scott said...

Wow, this is very cool. My husband would love to have found this.

Kelly Robinson said...

So the only evidence that these are pictures of Earp's family is the fact that they think one of the photos looks like Earp? I think this might be wishful thinking. Without any other evidence, it's just a guess.

Anonymous said...

there wishful thinking landed them in the la times not so easy to do and if you read there story there is not one photo but a whole album both historens never disputed the photos i wonder how that happens

Clark Lohr said...

People who study and write and disagree about the Earps are referred to, in the jargon of historians, as "Earpists."

Priscilla said...

He is buried with his third wife in Colma. He was an interesting person.

Janet Rudolph said...

Yes, I've visited the grave. Love visiting cemeteries.

Anonymous said...

He was a very uncut unusual man but made a dam good lawman

Anonymous said...

He lived an interesting life veru inusual man and made an good lawman