Eagle Calf

Vintage gelatin-silver print showing a famous pose of Native American Indian Chief Eagle Calf of Glacier Park, Montana, circa 1920 by Tomar Jacob Hileman. Blindstamp lower right reading "C by Hilema[n] / Kalispell, Mon[tana]." With news-service stamps, notations, and clipping on reverse of print. Print size 9.5 x 6.5 inches (24x17 cm).   Price: $450.   ( Inventory# id783a )

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This exceptional large-format image of Eagle Calf has crisp detail and in generally excellent condition. Deriving from a news archive, it appears to be trimmed slightly on sides and has scattered indentations in surface. There is a tear at top edge left-of-center (repaired) with a few creases / emulsion cracks leading into it, one emulsion crack runs down vertically through headdress towards left.

This famous pose of Eagle Calf is found in smaller format such as postcards but I believe it to be rare in this large size. The image shows very fine detail, unlike what would be expected from an enlargement, and may be contact-printed from a large-format negative.

 

Last updated May 8, 2017

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