Did Billy the Kid play croquet?

Did Billy the Kid play croquet?

Billy the Kid and members of the Lincoln County Regulators posse are shown playing croquet in the photograph, which was acquired in Fresno in 2010. According to a National Public Radio article, experts at Kagin Inc. confirmed it after more than a year of study. The company has also certified that several other photographs are actually images of one scene. Croquet is an outdoor game played with a croquet ball and wooden pegs. Two people play against each other in a match of accuracy and strategy. Teams use different colors for their balls to distinguish them during play.

Here's how the experts verified that the photo shows Billy the Kid: A serial number on a strut under the brim of his hat matches one made by the photographer. The camera manufacturer's label on another piece of evidence confirms that this is indeed a Kodak Carousel Camera. These cameras were popular among western photographers because they could take 12 photos on one reel of film and cost less than most other cameras at the time.

The image has been authenticated by other means as well. For example, there are no known photographs of Billy the Kid playing golf, so this image must be from before 1940 when golf became popular in New Mexico.

Croquet was first brought to America by British immigrants who established courts throughout the country. The first national championship was held in 1892.

Did the Billy the Kid croquet picture sell?

A $2 junk shop purchase that included a portrait of iconic Wild West criminal Billy the Kid and the Regulators gang might potentially sell up to $5 million. Randy Guijarro discovered this intriguing 4x5 inch tintype photograph of a group playing croquet at a Fresno, CA junk shop in 2010. The photo was taken around 1883 and is titled "The Regulators Croqueting on the Lawn of the New York Hotel." It has been attributed to C.M. Russell, but this has not been verified. There are three people in the photo: (left to right) William H. Bonney (also known as Bill Bonney), George W. Hill, and John Somes. Each man is wearing different clothing; however, all have beards and hair styles similar to those worn by Bonney. The men appear confident and do not seem to be afraid of the camera.

After discovering the photo, Randy contacted several experts about it who all agreed that the image was probably taken within months of the killing of Billy the Kid during his escape from jail. They also believed that it was likely taken in New Mexico since that is where he lived. Bonney/Billy the Kid was one of the most famous outlaws in American history and there are many photos of him so it is not surprising that one would want to document such an event. This particular photo has been called the first celebrity portrait because each person in it is well-known and could possibly be identified if they wanted to be.

Who was Billy the Kid and what did he do?

Billy the Kid, byname of William H. Bonney, Jr., original name Henry McCarty, (born November 23, 1859/60, New York, New York, United States—died July 14, 1881, Fort Sumner, New Mexico), one of the most notorious gunfighters of the American West, is said to have killed at least 27 men before being gunned down at the age of 21. Some historians believe the actual number of victims is higher.

The son of a wealthy New York City doctor, young Henry McCarty moved with his family to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was only nine years old. There he met two cowboys who took him under their wing and taught him to ride and shoot guns. When he was 16, McCarty returned to New York City where he got a job working as a clerk in a store that sold firearms and ammunition. He soon found himself in trouble with the police and sent back to Fort Worth where he was sentenced to jail for three months. After his release, he went back to work at the same store until he was caught trying to steal some rifles and pistols. This time he was sent to prison for seven years.

When McCarty escaped from prison, he went back to New York City where he signed up with a stagecoach company that ran trains between Fort Worth and Albuquerque. It was here that he started using the name "Billy the Kid" because everyone called him "Kid" anyway.

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