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Frontiersman Samuel Colt was late to the double action game; he considered the design to be unreliable. Twenty years after Colt’s patent expired in 1857, Colt attempted a small-frame revolver; the following year, 1878, the company’s large-frame double action came out, known as the Frontier Colt. In this 1880s photo, a buckskin-clad dandy sports his nickeled 1878 Frontier Colt on his hip.
Old Picture of the Day
This photograph was made in about 1880, and shows three agents from the Pinkerton Detective Agency. The man in the middle is William Pinkerton, son of the group's founder, Allan Pinkerton. Allan Pinkerton was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, and provided protection for the president while he was in office.
Mysterious Dave Mather
Mysterious Dave' Mather, was both a lawman and gunfighter in the Old West. Little is known today of Mather's life; the gaps in his personal history and his taciturn personality may have been what earned him the sobriquet "Mysterious Dave." Historical records show that he was a lawman in Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was a frequent associate of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp.
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Not as well known as Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, "Dallas Stoudenmire" was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to serve as sheriff.
Old West Brothel - California ‘49ers labeled these women "ladies of the line” & "sporting women", while cowboys dubbed them "soiled doves.” Among the many trails of Kansas, common terms included "daughters of sin”, "fallen frails,” "doves of the roost,” & "nymphs du prairie.” Other nicknames for these women, who were as much a part of the Old West as were outlaws, cowboys & miners, were "scarlet ladies,” fallen angels,” "frail sisters,” "fair belles,” & "painted cats,” among dozens of others.