Lot 7: Oatman AZ celebrates boom times

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-07-19 13:44:51

Lot 7

Author: N/A; Title: Masquerade Ball Given by Chauffeurs and Teamsters - Desert Inn, Oatman, Ariz., April 1st, 1916; Place Published: No place; Publisher: Johnson Photo.; Date Published: 1916; Description: Gelatin silver photograph (possibly a vintage or early copy photograph not printed from the negative). Captioned and with photographer's imprint in the negative. 16.5x21.5 cm (6½x8½").Photograph capturing the celebratory nature of boom times in Oatman following the discovery the previous year of a $10 million vein of gold, which brought one of the desert country's last gold rushes. The boom of 1915-17 gave Oatman all the characters and characteristics of any gold rush boom town. For about a decade, the mines of Oatman were among the large gold producers in the West. Condition: Slight silvering in the emulsion, a flaw in the negative at right side; paper residue on verso from earlier mounting; very good.

Estimate: $300-500

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