my first article, I introduced
you to the Phillips Collection, a compilation of over 200 photos purchased
from an antique store in Oklahoma nearly 20 years ago by happenstance
by Mr. and Mrs. Owner (who wish to remain anonymous for the time being).
The photos turned out to be an amazing collection of lawmen and outlaws,
their families, and other major players in historical events, including
the legendary shootout at Tombstone. I explained in that article our
assumption that the collection once belonged to Frank Phillips, an
Oklahoma millionaire, with deep connections and a well-known, vast
interest in all things Old West and ďoutlaw.Ē Mr. Phillips certainly
had the wherewithal to have amassed such an impressive collection
that includes Doc
Nose Kate, Wyatt and Josephine Earp, the Earp family, the Clantonís,
other famous people from Tombstone, the Mastersonís, Jesse James,
the Younger Brothers, and Belle
Of course, questions immediately began to rise about the authenticity
of the photos in the collection. What are the chances of someone finding
a massive collection of extremely rare photos of incredibly famous
people all at once? We grappled with that question ourselves. It seems
so unbelievable. So, how can we have proof without provenance? Even
though we have no record of previous ownership, the proof is in the
Previously, I introduced you to a new photo
of Mattie Blaylock Earp from the Phillips Collection. With this
article, I will introduce you to new images of Johnny Behan and John
Clum. These two men were polar opposites! Initially, I was convinced
that the only thing they had in common was their first name and the
fact that they both once lived in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
My impression is that Johnny Behan was a self-indulgent, arrogant,
conspiring, profiteering, bigot who had lousy taste in friends. John
Clum was an educated, forthright, hard-working, respectable man who
did what he could for the Native Americans until the frustration of
bureaucracy and corruption made him throw up his hands in frustration
and leave his position as Indian Agent. As most of you know, he founded
The Tombstone Epitaph, was the first mayor of Tombstone after its
incorporation, and was a lifelong friend of Wyatt Earp.1
After doing more research on Behan, my dislike of him grew. I came
to suppose that he was not only a big . . . well . . . jerk, but he
probably also had lousy table manners and halitosis. But, once I looked
past the not-so-impressive aspects of Behanís personality, I had to
admit that he may not have known fear. He was not afraid to put himself
in precarious positions, he was not afraid to go against the grain,
he was not afraid to take on difficult jobs or tasks, and he was certainly
not afraid to go up against Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. As vast as
their differences were, Behan and Clum, I will now reluctantly admit,
were both brave men.
well-known photo of Johnny Behan was taken from Wikipedia and
is included for comparison purposes.
following photos of Johnny Behan are from The Phillips Collection.
They are full, good condition cabinet card photos with just the faces
put into ovals here by the author. These photos reveal a younger but
still heavy lidded, sharply dressed, and unmistakable Johnny Behan.
I will move onto John Clum. For comparison purposes, the following
photo of Mr. Clum is included and is courtesy of the Alaska Mining
Hall of Fame Foundation website.
Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation
photo is of John Clum from the Phillips Collection. Again, it is a
full, good condition cabinet card with just the face put into an oval
here by the author.
|For further comparison
purposes, I also wanted to include this famous photo of an older John
Clum when he was photographed with Wyatt Earp in 1900. This photo
is courtesy of Wikipedia. The resemblance of the John Clum from the
Phillips Collection to this, albeit older, Mr. Clum is uncanny.
As I mentioned
earlier, the proof is in the photos. Soon, I will be introducing
you to additional Tombstone players. Some of them are minor players
and their faces speak for their identity. But others are major players,
like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Because they are major, they will
require further proof. But, how can we prove that they are Doc Holliday
when there are so few authenticated photos out there? When the time
comes to reveal the Doc Holliday and other important photos, we
will provide not only the photos but a convincing argument using
the photographs themselves to show that they are authentic.
Collection has several photos of Doc Holliday. There is one of Doc
close to the same age as his famous dental college photo, and the
others range from that time until later in his life. A chronological
lineup of photos will enable you to see the changes in his appearance
as he aged. Without the younger photos, the older photos of Doc
might be hard to ascertain. Additionally, some of the photos of
Doc have identical or similar style watch fobs, gloves, and suit
jackets. There are also photos of Doc wearing a stickpin in his
tie like the one described in Karen Holliday Tannerís book. There
is a young Doc at a photography studio in Texas at the age when
he was known to have been in Texas. Therefore, the location of where
the photos were taken will provide further proof. And finally, we
are also having a leading Professor of Forensic Arts do Age Regression
Analysis on the Wyatt, Josephine, Doc, and Kate photos as the collection
also has photos of Kate and Doc together as well as Kate by herself.
Interestingly enough, there are also photos of Kateís sister and
her sisterís daughter.
There would be no such thing as "proof without provenance" if this
wasn't a massive collection of identifiable photos connected to
one another by historical events, circumstances, and/or blood, along
with an abundance of more-than-circumstantial evidence, as you will
soon see. Until then, we look forward to your thoughts and comments
about the photos presented so far from the Phillips
John Clum. (2015, May 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved
19:43, May 21, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Clum&oldid=660176570
2 Johnny Behan. (2015, June 9).
In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:25, June 22, 2015,
Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation, John Phillip Clum
4 John Clum. (2015, May 1). In
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:25, June 2, 2015, from