Captain Jack Crawford, Autographed Cabinet Card
Crawford, John Wallace "Captain Jack" (1847-1917). Signed cabinet card produced by Cross, Hot Springs, SD.
"Captain Jack" Crawford was an American adventurer, scout, journalist, performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and author. Surprisingly, he was illiterate until he was wounded in the Civil War. The ability to read fostered his creative spirit and flare for storytelling. He wrote several books but was more famous for his poetry, thus giving him the name "The Poet Scout." Fellow poet James Martin Adams said, "I never knew a day to pass in which [Crawford] did not, with rapidly moving pencil, give outflow to his poetic imaginings in rhyme...." Crawford preformed his poetry and spoke about his exploits all over the country. He died in 1817 of kidney disease.
Toning on the card and photograph, water spots on the recto, and several spots from adhesive residue on the verso.