The Return of Billy the Kid … Photo 3

15 Dec

– windstruck

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!
Rather incredible.

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:

May he never rest in peace.  

8 Responses to “The Return of Billy the Kid … Photo 3”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong December 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    There have been discoveries of piles of these glass images. The have found a huge number of them of Abraham Lincoln, who was an enthusiastic photo subject. Apparently having your picture taken was a very cool thing to do. What is surprising is that so many of the glass negatives survived. They are transferring the pictures into digital form so they will survive There were a lot of pictures taken of many, many people, and apparently there were also quite a lot of photographers in the old west.

  2. jcalberta December 16, 2017 at 1:36 am #

    It’s understandable that Lincoln would have lots of pics for sure. But the Kid?
    Yeah, it’s surprising that so many images have survived. Hope there’s more.

  3. Don Ostertag December 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    These were so cool. Thanks for posting them JC

    • jcalberta December 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

      Thanks a lot Don! I’ve since discovered that there’s at least 2 other pics that have been brought forward. I’ll have to check them out.
      Have a Great Christmas!

  4. Justin Shaw February 1, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    It would’ve been worth a hefty nickel, but unfortunately it was stolen from me back in 2013. The only photos that (legally) survive with attachment to the Upstate Billy the Kid are 2: 8X10 1,800 dpi photocopies of the original tintype. 1 belonging to me & the other gifted to a friend. The tintype itself either found its way to the black market, or the garbage, when the thief realized the implications of stealing a famous 1 of a kind item. Grand Larceny. It’s been an absolutely devastating experience… Thank you for your support though 🙂

    • jcalberta February 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

      Very sorry to hear about that Justin. I believe that photo must still exist though. Possibly sold privately. Only an idiot would throw it away. It is grand larceny for sure. Very rare stuff. I hope you get some justice some day.

    • Andrew McCarty October 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      I’m positive that is henry mccarty. my name is Andrew mccarty and the guy believed to be Henry’s father is directly related to me through my family tree. also your picture looks like me while the original reminds me personally of my brother. family moved to New York then to Indiana then Iowa where there is still a family farm. my line moved to Minnesota after that

      • jcalberta October 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

        I surely feel the images are authentic. Yes. I’m sure the McCarty family tree can verify that. Thanks.

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