A young woman poses for her portrait at the Tolman studio in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She is likely in her teenage years. She is wearing a wide black band around her neck. Is the band jewelry? Is it part of her dress? Does the black collar band represent something (ie mourning)? I hope some of the visitors to the Cabinet Card Gallery will express their opinion about the band. The photographer of this image is Thomas W. Tolman. One source states that he was from Fort Dodge, Iowa and that he is listed in the 1882 Glenwood (Iowa) business directory (1882) as a photographer. Later, he was listed in the 1890 Nebraska City business directory. An article in the Gillette News Record (Wyoming) presents some interesting information about Mr. Tolman. He was hired by Collier’s Magazine to document a group of White River Utes migration from the Uintah reservation in Utah. They were heading north and their trip took them through Gillette. They were leaving the reservation because of a federal mandate that reclaimed some of the land on the reservation for homesteading and mining. A group of about 400 men, women, and children started the journey in 1906. Their destination was unclear. It was thought they may have been heading to Montana, or South Dakota. When they arrived near Gillette, they camped about 50 miles north of the city. This was the locale where they were photographed by Tolman. Along their travels, there were rumors of violence attributed to the this group of Native Americans. These rumors were unfounded. The New York Times condemned the journalists who reported the “fake news” about this group of Utes. Unfortunately, the complaints came from citizens who wanted the group rounded up and the US Cavalry was called to intercept them. Tolman photographed the group of Utes, both before and after the arrival of the US troops. A compromise was made and the migrating Native Americans agreed to go to Fort Meade, South Dakota with the cavalry escort. In exchange, the Utes were promised an opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to express their feelings about the Government’s “land grab”. In fact, Ute leaders did go to the nation’s capital where they met with President Theodore Roosevelt and hi head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The US did not change it’s policies. The Utes stayed at Fort Meade for about six months and than leased land from the Sioux for about a year. In 1908, the group returned to their reservation in Utah. The photos appeared in Collier’s Magazine. The article was headlined “The Unquiet Ute”. An example of one of the photographs in the series can be found below. It is not included in the sale of this cabinet card. It is impressive that Tolman was able to take well regarded photos without the comfort and resources of his studio. This cabinet card portrait is in very good condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of four Native Americans on horseback. The foursome are members of the Kiowah tribe. Among the group are Chief Qualupah and Chief Hunting Horse.The other two riders appear to be women. The four are dressed in Native American clothing. They are in a field which has lines of rope holding American flags.  Perhaps they are  invited guest to an Amrican patriotic holiday celebration. Researching Chief Qualupah was an exercise in frustration. I learned nothing about him. There were chiefs mentioned that had names close to “Qualupah”,  leading me to believe that there are several different spellings of his name. Information about Chief Hunting Horse was plentiful. He was a well known scout during the Custer, Sheridan, and Sherman era. In 1871 he enlisted for a two year stint in the Seventh Cavalry commanded by Gerneral Custer. By the end of his legendary scouting career, his friends included Theodore Roosevelt and Geronimo. He was born in Medicine Lodge Kansas in 1846. He was the son of a Kiowa war chief and a Spanish woman who had been kidnapped in Mexico and raised by the Kiowas. Hunting horse came to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) at the age of fifteen. In 1917 he appeared in the silent Western film, “Daughter of the Dawn”. In the early 1900’s relatives began celebrating his birthday. These celebrations occurred every year until his death. Military and political figure were often among the attendees. Chief Hunting Horse died at the age of 107 and his funeral included full military honors. Who are the Kiowa? They were considered a nomadic tribe of the plains. It is thought that they originated in the northern basin of the Missouri River but migrated to the Black Hills around 1650. They lived peacefully there with the Crow Indians until they were invaded by the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Sioux; resulting in the Kiowas moving further south. There they fought with the Comanche, but with the help of the Spanish, the two tribes formed an alliance and agreed to share their land. Joined by the Plains Apache, they hunted, traveled and fought war together.They raided settlements in Texas and New Mexico. They stole horses and mules which they used to trade with the Plains Indian tribes. In 1867, the Kiowa signed a treaty and agreed to settle on a reservation in Oklahoma. In 1901 their lands were open for settlement by whites and dissolving the contiguous reservation. Today, there are more than 12,000 Kiowa tribe members in Oklahoma and throughout the Southwest. The photograph taken for this postcard was taken by the Electric Studio. The postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating that the postcard dates back to sometime between 1910 and 1930. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).


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This vintage real photo postcard features an adorable little boy wearing a beautiful Native American costume. Note his feathered headdress. It is likely that this child was photographed in France and is dressed for the Carnival. This private studio postcard is in excellent condition (see scans). Addendum: A visitor pointed out to me that this postcard is not of French origin (see his comment below). The postcard is actually English.

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This vintage photograph captures four young men posing in their dress-up clothing and patriotic straw hats. An inscription on the reverse of the image states that the men were photographed on July fourth, 1900. The men are wearing prize ribbons on their lapels. They apparently won a contest of some sort. Its interesting to note that the two men in the front row are balancing luggage bags on their knees. The bags almost look like doctor bags. This photograph was taken by J. L. Blessing of Salamanca, New York. Blessing was no amateur as is apparent in his  1908 photograph of a Native American woman seen below. She is from the Seneca tribe and her name is Ah-Weh-Eyu (translation: Pretty Flower). Her English name was Goldie Jamison Conklin and she was from the Allegany Reservation in Western New York. She was born in Salamanca in 1892 and died in 1974. She was quite beautiful and worked as a model for the Cattarugus Cutlery Company of Little Valley, New York. She helped advertise the company’s line of “Indian Brand” knives. She was often photographed by Jesse Lynn Blessing who operated the Blessing Studio in Salamanca. His father was J. H. Blessing (1851-1920) who started the studio. According to an entry on geneology.com by J. L. Blessing’s grandaughter, Mr Blessing “was asked to work with Disney Studios by Walt Disney but decided to take over his father’s studio instead”.  (SOLD)




This cabinet card is chock full of history. The photograph features three young Native Americans posing for their portrait at the studio of Christopher Charles Stotz (1851-1932), in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory. The subjects of this image are likely siblings. The young women are wearing identical dresses and are adorned with rings and beautiful earrings. The specific Indian tribe that these three young people represent, is unknown. Oklahoma was the home of many Indian Tribes including Pawnee, Creek, Apache, Arapaho, Choctaw, and others. Many tribes were relocated there from other states. As mentioned earlier, the photographer of this cabinet card is C. C. Stotz and his studio was located in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory. Oklahoma became a state in 1907 which means that this photograph was taken before that year. El Reno is located in central Oklahoma, about 25 miles from Oklahoma City. Fort Reno was built in 1874 and it’s first commander was Civil War hero, General Philip Sheridan. Sheridan named the fort after his friend, General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed in the Civil War. The fort was near the Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation. One of the fort’s missions was to “protect” the “Five Civilized Tribes”. This group was comprised of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes. Employing the term “civilized tribe” was evidence of the special prejudice held against the tribes not among the designated five civilized tribes. Tribes described as civilized were tribes that had adopted many of the customs and values that were held by  European-Americans at the time.  Who was C. C. Stotz?  Stotz was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania.  He  established a studio in El Reno in 1889; the same year El Reno was founded. Therefore, this photograph was taken between 1889  (El Reno founded) and 1907 (Oklahoma statehood). During the 1880’s and 1890’s, he made field and studio photographs of Southern Plains Indians. Stotz is an acclaimed early photographer  of Native American’s and Native American life.


This cabinet card is a terrific image of a Native American dressed in his tribal clothing. He has a bird on his head that looks as weathered as he does. The bird may be a turkey vulture. Hopefully,  a visitor to this site with some ornithology knowledge, can better identify or confirm the bird’s species. What an amazing photograph? However, is it a counterfeit cabinet card? I located the cabinet card in an antique store and purchased it with a great deal of reluctance. Native American cabinet cards have a history of being a popular type of cabinet card to counterfeit, due to their potential high value and strong demand. There are a number of methods to make fake images. This photograph does not seem to be a product of a high tech copy machine. However, the image could be a Native American postcard pasted over an “ordinary” cabinet card image. This cabinet card, if not the image, is from the studio of  C. S. Roshon of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The photograph was produced in 1892. Perhaps a traveling western show was in the area of Lebanon; or perhaps Roshon purchased this image to sell at his galleries. The Roshon Galleries were located at 142 North 8th Street, and 22 South 9th street, in Lebanon. Roshon also had a studio somewhere in New Jersey. Any comments from Cabinet Card Gallery visitors, regarding the authenticity of this cabinet card, would be greatly appreciated. To view other photographs from Roshon’s studio, click on the category “Photographer: Roshon”.


This cabinet card features an attractive young woman posing for her photograph in an unknown studio and in front of an unknown photographer. The house is not “The Little House on the Prairie” but the studio backdrop and props compose a terrific replica of a country cottage. Note the faux grass. The woman is wearing a chain necklace. Her skin, eyes and hair are dark. She has an ethnic appearance; possibly Black, Hispanic or Native American. The identity of this pretty young woman is unknown.

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black-cowboysThis Cabinet card pictures, what appears to be, two Native American or possibly African American cowboys wearing their cow punching clothing. The cowboy on the left is wearing a western hat, a neckerchief, and  wooly chaps. I do not know what he wearing over his lower arms and wrists. The cowboy on the right has his western hat, neckerchief, and is wearing spurs on his boots. The photographer is Elliott of Marion, Iowa. Marion was established in 1839 and named after popular figure General Marion. The courthouse in Marion was the location of the recruitment of nine full companies which fought for the Union in the Civil War. The area was known as the most patriotic part of Iowa.