Lot 32 of 441:
Indian Territory; A Frontier Photographic Record by W. S. Prettyman  
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Title:
Indian Territory; A Frontier Photographic Record by W. S. Prettyman

Author:
Cunningham, Robert E., Editor

Place:
Norman, OK

Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press

Date:
1957

Description:

174 pp. Illustrated with photographs and map, index. (8vo) 10x7", light tan cloth, spine stamped in red and black, illustrated dust jacket. First Edition.

Prettyman, one of Oklahoma's best-known frontier photographers, was born in Maryland on November 12, 1858. He moved to Emporia, Kansas, in 1879. After employment in various jobs, he became a photographer's apprentice in Arkansas City, Kansas. Following his apprenticeship, he opened his own photography gallery there.
 
After photographing a group of Osage Indians in his studio, he became interested in Indian Territory. Beginning with his first trip in 1883, he made at least one per year over the next decade to photograph the existing landscape and cultures. As a result of these numerous photographic expeditions, Prettyman produced many prints and glass plate negatives that have survived to the present.
 
He photographed a variety of people and events south of the Kansas state line in present Oklahoma. Some of his best work included the cowboys of the Cherokee Outlet, also known as the Cherokee Strip, and various American Indian groups living in Indian Territory. He was also present for the opening of the Outlet in September 1893.
 
In 1893 Prettyman opened a photography gallery in Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory. In 1905 he sold his business there and completely abandoned his large collection of glass plate negatives and prints. He moved to California and established a wholesale drug company, the Highland Park Drug Co. William S. Prettyman died in California on February 11, 1933.

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Condition:
Light sun fading to dust jacket spine; offsetting to endpapers from mylar dust jacket protector; else near fine in near fine dust jacket.

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