Identified! [Frontiersman Richard Clarke (1845-1930) dressed in Western clothes during a visit to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House, Washington, D.C.] (LOC)

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[Frontiersman Richard Clarke (1845-1930) dressed in Western clothes during a visit to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House, Washington, D.C.]

[10 November 1929]

1 negative : glass ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller

On neg: B3079; On sleeve: B3879.
Title devised by Library staff. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2020)
Date based on date of negatives in same range.
Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955.

United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.)

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication. For more information, see Harris & Ewing Photographs - Rights and Restrictions Information

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Harris & Ewing photograph collection (DLC) 2009632509

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Call Number: LC-H2- B-3079


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 31/Oct/2020 07:06:48

    Certain this is Richard Clarke the frontiersman who is wearing a very similar coat here in character as Deadwood Dick. : He was an interesting man...the real deal a proper frontiersman. Born in England and served among other things as a scout for General Custer and then popularised the Deadwood Dick stories

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    • 31/Oct/2020 07:07:55 you need to scan down to see the link to Richard Clarke frontiersman.

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    • 31/Oct/2020 07:08:37

    The entry says he met Calvin Coolidge in 1927 so this may commemorate that.

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    • 31/Oct/2020 07:18:53

    From Wiki: "In 1927, Clarke met then President, Calvin Coolidge when the summer White House was established near Rapid City, South Dakota. At the age of 82, in 1929, Clarke made the journey from the Black Hills to Washington, D.C., for the express purpose of extending a personal invitation to President Coolidge to visit Deadwood. He opted to travel by plane, and was pleased that the flight from Rapid City to Chicago took four and a half hours as opposed to the two months it took to cross the Overland Trail. His appearance back East attracted a great deal of press interest, and the many scars that attested to Deadwood Dick’s violent past fascinated journalists. Clarke proved very interested in seeing the sites of the East, but reportedly decided the region was "effete" and publicly declared that he could never live away from the Black Hills.7"

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    • 31/Oct/2020 08:29:25

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    • 31/Oct/2020 08:32:52

    (note missing index finger on right hand referenced in the South Dakota articlae)

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    • 31/Oct/2020 08:36:36

    Getty images

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    • 31/Oct/2020 08:57:00

    oh he's on flickr too:[email protected]/12446872584/lightbox/

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    • 01/Nov/2020 18:51:10

    I think the 1955 date is a date they printed the negative, not the date of the image itself.

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    Jon (LOC P&P)

    • 02/Nov/2020 19:19:47

    Thanks for figuring out who this man is[email protected]. He sounds like a very interesting fellow. I'm guessing this is from his 1929 visit. The date we have in the catalog record was probably determined by the dates of surrounding negatives, but sometimes Harris & Ewing negatives are out of order. Well update the caption.

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    • 02/Nov/2020 19:23:07 My pleasure. I am like a dog with a bone sometimes. It is fun to root this stuff out.