Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 344

Price Realized: $ 594
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(WEST--WYOMING.) Henry C. Langdon; photographer. Photographs of soldiers and encampments at Fort D. A. Russell. 14 albumen photographs, each about 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches on plain mounts (all but one matching), 5 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches; 4 captioned on verso, minimal wear. Wyoming, 1897 and undated

Additional Details

Some or all of these photographs show soldiers and scenery at Fort D.A. Russell in southeastern Wyoming (now Warren Air Force Base). One shows a soldier standing by a bicycle with a mail bag attached--possibly a member of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, a short-lived Buffalo Soldier unit which experimented with mail delivery across great distances from 1896 to 1898. Other photographs show military wagon trains, two soldiers holding freshly killed rabbit and turkeys, and views of military tent encampments.

4 of the photographs have manuscript captions on verso, 3 of them identifying the scene as Fort D.A. Russell, and the other reading "Officer's Quarters . . . Ft. D.A. Russell, Wyo. Photo taken by Mr. Henry C. Langdon, Sept. 18 1897. Prof. J.O. Churchill of Cheyenne and his two children are standing on the sidewalk, Lieut. R.C. Langdon, 8th Inf. standing on their right. They are all in front of Quarters No. 27 occupied by Lt. Langdon." Russell Creamer Langdon (1873-1962) was a recent West Point graduate who eventually gained the rank of Brigadier General. The photographer is credited twice in manuscript as Henry C. Langdon (1847-1930), a Nebraska railroad engineer and uncle of the young Lieutenant Langdon.