Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty.
The actual caption to this quaint collection of cowboy card sharks is quite the mouthful itself:
“Orient Saloon at Bisbee, Arizona… Faro game in full blast. Recognized: Left to right-Tony Downs (standing with derby) part owner; Doyle, a concert hall singer at corner of table, sitting, with derby; back of him standing is Dutch Kid; Sleepy Dick, the porter, to right with light felt; Charlie Bassett, with soft felt hat in rear next to wall; dealer is Johnny Murphy, and Smiley Lewis in silk hat.” By C. 5. Fly, ca. 1900
And while we here at POH appreciate any reference to a now obscure card game, nicknames like the “Dutch Kid” and “Smiley Lewis,” we were also smitten with Different Sarah’s Pinochle/Jimmy Dean reference. Why? Because after reading it we could never look at the photo again without seeing slices of sausage being gambled back and forth.
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If you’re a fan of our Facebook page, you may recognize the next photo. The truth is we saw it while posting there and realized that it was a photo just begging for some caption creativity.
Here’s one to get you started: “Goodnight John Boy”