The May 1975 Real West magazine published a photo, submitted by George Hart, featuring numerous Old West icons. Is it authentic?
Bob “Buckshot” Bradley
Malton, North Yorkshire UK
Photo expert Bob McCubbin is pretty sure the photo is bogus. It doesn’t appear in any of the respected books on Wyatt Earp, which is a good indicator it’s a phony. On a quick glance, the men in the picture don’t look like the Tombstone boys, and their heights seem off. For example, the man identified as Tom McLaury is about as tall as the man in the photo labeled Doc Holliday. In reality, Doc was seven inches taller than Tom.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His latest book is Wyatt Earp: Showdown at Tombstone. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at email@example.com