Interesting old photos resurrected. Resurrected once more.




Henry McCarty, known in Wild West lore as Billy the Kid.


In a surprising historical twist, the second photo of McCarty ever to be authenticated shows him and his posse, the Regulators, playing the sport in New Mexico in 1878. The faded image was among a pile of photos inside a cardboard box at a junk shop in Fresno, California, unearthed by a collector in 2010. Randy Guijarro paid $2 (£1.30) for the image, which is now estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The only other confirmed photo of Billy the Kid, from 1880, sold for $2.3m (£1.5m) in 2011. The photo was authenticated by a San Francisco-based Americana company, Kagin’s, which identified Billy the Kid along with several members of the Regulators, as well as friends and family. It was taken after a wedding in the summer of 1878, just a month after the gang took part in the brutal Lincoln County war.

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Thanks for resurrecting this Jamie.


I was watching a Simon Schama doc the other day and this portrait was featured at one point. It's by Yousef Karsh and despite it being reproduced thousands of times, for me it never loses its power. It's one of the most penetrating photographic portraits ever. Apparently Karsh snatched the cigar from Winnie's mouth, walked back to his camera and caught the grand old man's indignant response to the photographer's impertitence. Talking about capturing the moment...


Not one interesting old photo, but many. Taken by 19 year old Erik Van Straten in London 1974. Some of the places haven't changed, most have. Lovely. What's really interesting is how "un-1970s" the shots look. 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, perhaps, but with a couple of exceptions, not stereotypically '70s.

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