The most famous tintype of Billy The Kid sold at auction on June 25th, 2011 for $2,000,000.00 to William "Bill" Koch of the Koch Family of Wichita, Kansas.
Excerpt from above link: "Billy is known to have been in a constable's posse when they captured and then executed three men who were believed to have been responsible for the death of Billy's employer, J.H. Tunstall."
Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday were all in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1879 which is when I believe this tintype photo was taken. The tintype depicts four deputised men, one wearing a badge and the other three wearing white bandanas hanging from their pockets representing that they are Peace Officers as the white flag is a symbol of truce. I have done an enormous amount of research on this photo and am still in the process of identifying these men but I am 99% sure they are who I have identified them as being. Special thanks go out to the viewers of this website and several historical societies for their help. Las Vegas, New Mexico was the hotbed of activity for outlaws at that time and nearly every well known outlaw went there to carouse or even to be peace officers as ranchers were looking for protection for their families and land. Jesse James had a good reason for going to Las Vegas, Scott Moore and his wife Minne owned the Old Adobe Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Scott Moore was a life long friend of Jesse James having grown up in St. Joseph, Missouri. Jesse James had grown restless in Tennessee and was looking for a new gang and where better to go than were the outlaws are especially when you already have a connection in that town. Billy the Kid was said to have a son, Telesfor Jaramillo. Check this link to see the amazing simularites between him and Billy the Kid in my tintype. http://www.aboutbillythekid.com/frequently_asked_questions.htm(Scroll down on the page)
Billy the Kid Doc Holliday Jesse James Charlie Bowdre
Billy the Kid Doc Holliday Jesse James Charlie Bowdre
The Ellison Collection
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Billy, Doc, Jesse, Charlie
Billy on the Brain:
The following link is to a photo thought to be Billy the Kid and his brother. Notice that the Kid is smoking a cigar as he is in my tintype:
Billy the Kid Video:
Billy the Kid and Jesse James discussion:
The Governor of New Mexico meets Jesse and Billy:
Dr. Hoyt recalls the meeting:
Mark Dworkin agrees that Jesse met Billy the Kid:
There is that story that these two met in Las Vegas at the Old Adobe Hotel on July 26, 1879, and during a card game Jesse asked Billy to join his gang..........Henry Hoyt and Migeul Otero say so in their books, and that they witnessed it..............But Jesse James did stay at the Old Adobe Hotel from July 26 through July 29 in the summer of 1879, according to an announcement in the Las Vegas Optic printed weeks later. The owner of the Old Adobe Hotel, W. Scott Moore, was from Clay County, Missouri, Jesse's home turf, and was a childhood friend of his. Hoyt recalled Jesse's missing finger and his alias, Mr. Howard. And Jesse was on the run, so New Mexico is possible."
Leah from the same link:
"Dr. Hoyt eventually became Surgeon General of the United States as well as an author."
Extremely rare photo of Billy when captured at Stinking Springs, December 24th 1880.
Pat Garrett is clearly recognisable extreme left and Bob Olinger is next to him.
Billy is on the extreme right where a deputy aims a Colt revolver at Billy's head.
One of Billy's compadres, Charlie Bowdre, had been killed in the encounter.
Billy the Kid-The Ellison Collection - Expert Authenticated image of Billy the Kid
Known Photo of Billy the Kid
Well, even after many, many hours of research it appears that hidden secrets are still to be found in this image. Due to the awesome research of a viewer to my website she has brought to my attention that Billy the Kid in my tintype is wearing a gambler's ring just as he is in the most famous photo of him. This is quite an amazing discovery. It is always nice to have more facts come to light that prove the photo to be authentic. I have posted side-by-side comparisons for you to view. I could show a closer view of the ring but I will wait until I see the reaction from the viewers and detractors. The detractors always take a negative stance no matter what evidence/provenance is presented.
Doc Holliday was born with a cleft palate and cleft lip that was repaired when he was two months old leaving his mouth area slightly deformed as evident in the known dentist graduation photo and in my photo where you can see the bulge around his mouth area. Here is a link that tells about this event:
Doc Holiday's Graduation Photo 1872
Doc Holliday - The Ellison Collection Tintype - Reverse Image
Doc Holliday - Prescott Arizona
Jesse James - The Ellison Collection Known Photo of Jesse James
Jesse James - National Portrait Gallery
Excerpt from above link:
They hired out for gunslingers to protect them and their families against the small army of roughriders harassing them at every turn – whether during a cattle sale in the open-air Lincoln markets or on a leisurely Sunday afternoon drive with their wives or sweethearts in the valley.
Buying protection was, according to the anthological The Wild West, a common practice among cattle lords. "During the 1870s, pressure on the land from multiplying cattle herds and waves of new settlers provoked growing hostility...When property was at issue, the Code of the West endorsed the use of force. Disputes that festered for years might suddenly erupt in bloody shootouts."
Tunstall hired Billy the Kid and soon discovered that his initial impression of the boy had been correct: The Kid was loyal, and he had savvy. While his wiry frame and boyish smile (bearing the hint of buck teeth) did not fit the standard of a bodyguard, his lightning-quick draw and willingness to use a pair of fists against intruders, all for the boss, made up for his lack of girth.
Billy The Kid Documents Link: