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Billy, Get Help!

Billy, Get Help!

Circa 1900s. "Billy and his mistress in hunting poses." Our second look at this eight-part series awaiting the colorist's brush. Note the pasted-on wound. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I'm sure happy you told us that was a painted on wound! It looked so real I was worried! I guess that was as good as graphics got in 1900!! Great pic! Thanks!

Billy's mistress

shoots the dog so she can steal his rings and Rolex. Because she's that kind of gal.

I still wonder

What will be the final end use of these photos? I fully agree as to why they are photographed in this manner, I just have a hard time seeing this as advertisement material. I could be very wrong naturally, but what would they promote?

[Detroit Publishing didn't do advertising work as far as I know. Novelty postcards (example below) or decorative prints are more likely uses. - Dave]

This series

keeps getting more and more bizarre.


That dog is an excellent actor.

Alternate caption

"Billy's mistress checks his pulse before the hunt."

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