Rare Photographs of Calamity Jane

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Cabinet Card of Calamity Jane. 5 1/2" x 3 3/4", mount size 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". R. L. Kelly PIERRE, S. DAX. photographer's imprint on front of card. Written in pencil on verso, “Calamity Jane taken by R.L. Kelly Pierre SD / This is a genuine and rare picture of Calamity Jane.” And then in ink below, “Emory Cantey, Jr. Collection”. Circa 1901.

Lot 75, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $8,000-12,000.


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Photograph of Calamity Jane. 9 1/2" x 7 7/16", mount size 10 3/4" x 7 7/8". Printed on strip on image, “Calamity Jane, [struck out] / Copyright by H.R. Locke, 1895.” Written (printed) on front of card, “ “Calamity Jane”.“ Stamped on verso, “This Photograph from Historical Collection on E.A. BRININSTOOL Los Angeles, Cal.”

Robert McCubbin: "The largest such photo I have seen."

Lot 78, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $20,000-25,000.


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Rare Cabinet Card of Calamity Jane. 6" x 3 7/8", mount size 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Unidentified photographer, but same clothing as Locke photo. Perhaps the only copy in existence.

Robert McCubbin: “This is the only cabinet card of this that I have seen, and I have never seen this photo published.”

Lot 79, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $18,000-24,000.


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Cabinet Card of Calamity Jane. 5 7/16" x 3 3/8", mount size 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Printed on plate beneath image, “Calamity Jane, Gen. Crook’s Scout. Copyrighted by H.R. Locke, 1895.”

Lot 80, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $12,000-18,000.


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Rare Cabinet Card of Calamity Jane. 5 3/8" x 3 7/8", mount size 6 3/8" x 4 3/16". Printed at bottom of image, “MRS. BURKE: CALAMITY JANE.”

Robert McCubbin: “This is the only known original of the only known “portrait” of Calamity.”

Lot 81, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $12,000-18,000.