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Daniel Buck
Jesse James -- a plague of experts
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:32am

I read as far as "Los Angeles forensic expert Kent Gibson who has verified evidence for the FBI" before I chuckled. Pity the FBI. Gibson has famously, or infamously, depending on your point of view, supposedly authenticated, among others, the bogus croquet Billy the Kid and the bogus Amelia Earhart photos. His resume expertise, by the way, is audio forensics.

Will Dunniway, a second "expert" -- I so hate that word -- is quoted as saying "When it is compared to the much used comparison image I believe it was taken on the same day by the same photographer. It is very evident by the face, hair cut, jacket, shirt and tie that this is the same image of Jesse James at 14 years old. One of the originals."

A quick look at the two photos by anyone this side of Mr. Magoo can see they the differences. Different face, hair cut, jacket, and neck. OK, they're both wearing white shirts. Big deal.

Also, the eBay Jesse has zero provenance linking it to the outlaw.

Finally, the photo with which the eBay Jesse is being compared with isn't him either, per Jesse James savant Eric James.

Other than that, nice tintype. Worth maybe the seven pounds the eBay buyer paid for it. Dan

    • Re: Jesse James -- a plague of expertsDaniel Buck, Thu Mar 22 2:02am
      Correction, I misunderstood what Eric James told me about the photo with which the eBay JJ was being compared. It is presumed to be JJ, but he would not vouch for that conclusion. Regardless, the... more
      • Texas Specialist Mark Mszanski, Thu Mar 22 6:01am
        Dan, Who is the Texas based woman who has not met a photo she has not verified ? I cannot recall her name but know she was on a series we spoke of - I believe the series was strange inheritance.... more
        • Re: Texas Specialist Daniel Buck, Thu Mar 22 6:13am
          Mark, The three people who have seemingly never met an Old West photo they would not authenticate are Lois Gibson (TX), Kent Gibson (CA), and Will Dunniway (CA). Between them they are something like... more
        • Her Name is Answer the QuestionChrisV, Thu Mar 22 6:05am
          Did you personally see the docs in Kew? Yes or No?
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