So here is the last of the 3 recently tintype images if Billy the Kid:
the Justin Shaw tintype.
Which in several ways is remarkable.
Firstly let me say that it’s absolutely incredible
that even ONE photo image of Billy the Kid would be discovered!
But 3!!! – within a few years of each other!
Secondly – in each instance, the finder DID NOT initially
KNOW what he had acquired!
– often for a considerable amount of time.
In other words, these images may never have come to light.
One has to wonder what else may be out there??
Purchased on EBAY!!??? Really!!!???
This thing just gets more incredible as you go along.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Shaw’s image
is that although he cannot establish provinence/authenticity,
his image is the best quality of all existing images of The Kid.
I’ve gotta figure that somebody will still offer him pretty
big nickel for it.
The image raises lots of questions:
When? Why? was it taken?
Was the Kid applying for a job at Pinkerton’s? (joke).
Making application for a pardon? (possible).
and who is that other guy? I’m sure he’s not
just a bystander who jumped into the pic.
Mystery’s that may never be answered.
– about probably the most enigmatic character in Western History:
BILLY the KID.
May he never rest in peace.