Desirable stereograph/stereoview showing the Gamblers of the tribe of Indians which were living at the Ve-gas,or meadows in southwestern Nevada. This rare image was taken for the the Powell & Thompson Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountains during 1870-71.
An interesting fact needs to be pointed out concerning this image. All other known copies show just a couple of Gamblers. This view shows four Indians and directly belonged to John Wesley Powell himself.
The geological survey of John Wesley Powell, first authorized in 1870, had had several names before it became the United States Geographical and Geological Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region. As the Topological and Geological Survey of the Valley of the Colorado, the survey concentrated on extending Powell's earlier explorations. The stereographs that are rarely found are mostly from two series--"Canyons of the Green River" and "Canyons of the Colorado River of the West."
And the rarer and most desirable series is the "Indians of the Colorado Valley". Of which this view has come from.
The images are credited to Powell and A.H. Thompson, but Powell's photographers of the time were E.O. Beaman, James Fennemore, and John K. Hillers. The images were distributed not as an official activity but for private profit with proceeds distributed among Powell, Thompson, and (for the photograph he made) Hillers.
Please take a moment to examine my other views from this famed Powell Survey.
4" 1/2 x 7 inches.