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Billy the Kid lefty?

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Davem:
There's the famous photograph of Billy the Kid. Never noticed before but the revolver is set up for a left handed person. 

St. George:
The photo's reversed.

Scouts Out!

Coal Creek Griff:

--- Quote from: St. George on October 17, 2022, 11:08:15 AM ---The photo's reversed.

Scouts Out!

--- End quote ---

This is correct. Tintypes resulted in mirror-imaged photographs. That photo has caused no small amount of confusion (and a Paul Newman movie) over the years. Look closely at a good copy and note the loading gate on the 1873 Winchester. That will indicate that the photo is reversed.

Griff

Davem:
Thanks- I was wondering if that might be the case.

Abilene:
It's because Billy was taking a selfie in the mirror.  :D

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