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Cabinet Photographs of the Dalton Gang in Death, Group of Five
6/12/2015 - American History: Live Salesroom Auction
Lot of 5 cabinet cards of the Dalton Gang following their failed raid in Coffeyville, KS, October 5, 1892. Included are postmortems of Bob Dalton, Grat Dalton, Bill Power, and Dick Broadwell, plus a view of the seriously wounded Emmett Dalton. Bob's is a print pasted over another photograph by Coffeyville photographer Tackett, while the others are silver gelatin copy prints on unmarked cabinet mounts.

The Dalton boys -- Bob, Grat, Emmett and Frank -- grew up leading a hard-scrabble existence in Missouri, Indian Territory and Kansas, four of a family of thirteen children. Early in their adulthood Frank, Bob and Grat served briefly as Deputy Marshals in Indian Territory and Fort Smith, AR. Frank, described by many as many as an outstanding peace officer, was killed on November 27, 1887 while attempting to arrest a horse-thief.  Not long afterward, Bob and Grat turned away from the law to a criminal career.

For a brief two year span between 1890-1892, Bob and Grat, along with baby brother Emmett, rustled cattle and other livestock, robbed a number of trains, and killed an unknown number of men in their escapades. Vowing to outdo Jesse James, Bob planned the robbery of two banks at once in the sleepy town of Coffeyville, KS. On October 5, 1892, wearing disguises, the Dalton brothers and accomplices Bill Powers, Dick Grattan and Dick Broadwell rode into town intent on pulling the double heist. Caught in the act by an alert citizen who warned other townspeople, the gang soon found itself caught in a withering hail of bullets. All but Emmett were killed, along with four Coffeyville residents, including Marshal Charles T. Connelly. Emmett survived despite 23 gunshot wounds and went on to a career in acting and real estate after serving 14 years for the crime.



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All with soiling to the prints and worn edges.  Bob's with a creased upper left corner and stain at upper right of the print.
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