The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, July 1989 - April, 1990 Page: 384
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views of southern plains Indians are much more scarce than the more
frequently photographed northern plains tribes.'6 The 1861 dating
of this tintype is important, because the earliest known documented
photographs of Comanches were those taken by William S. Soule at
Fort Sill, Indian Territory, beginning in 1869."7 Although Soule had
worked as an artist at Fort Dodge, Kansas, in 1867-1868, the Indians
he photographed there were southern Cheyennes and Arapahoes, not
Comanches. The Pease Ross tintype would predate the earliest Soule
Comanche photograph by eight years, which is significant because this
would mean the Ross image is the oldest known surviving photographic
image of a Comanche Indian.'8
"6Pam Holcomb Oestreicher, "Stereographs of American Indians," Stereo World, IV (Sept.-
Oct., 1977), 17.
17 Russell E. Belous and Robert A. Weinstein, Will Soule, Indian Photographer at Fort Sell, Okla-
homa, 1869-74 (Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1969), 17-18.
18Paula Richardson Fleming to Lawrence T. Jones III, Mar. 7, 1988. Ms. Fleming, who is
assistant director of the Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution in Washing-
ton, D.C., and co-author of The North American Indians in Early Photographs (New York: Harper
& Row, 1986), states that they have not been able to locate any earlier Comanche images and
that the Pease Ross tintype is the earliest known documented Comanche Indian photograph.
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