Additional Images of Note

Opening Day

Taber Studio

Philion Carriage

Pawnee Jack 

Staged photographs -- also called tableaux vivants -- were very popular in the Victorian era. 

Marks and his warriors had only limited success attracting crowds at the Midwinter Fair, and ended their stay in San Francisco on a sour note:


He Charges an Actor With Relieving Him of His Savings

 "John Marks, better known as Pawnee Jack, swore out a warrant in Judge Low's court yesterday for the arrest of Guy Durell, a variety actor, on the charge of grand larceny. Pawnee Jack came to the Midwinter Fair with Dr. White Cloud and his Sioux Indians. He is an Ideal frontiersman, and besides acting as spieler delighted the spectators with some fancy shooting. After Dr. White Cloud shook the dust of the fair from his feet Jack assumed the management of the concession and the responsibllity of paying the Indians and sending them back to their reservation. Although business was not by any means brisk be managed to save about $135. He accepted an engagement to do his fancy shooting In a variety theater on Howard street, and after the engagement was concluded he invited some of the other performers and hang-ers-on to dinner. He pulled out the sack containing the $135 to pay for the dinner and put it back In his coat pocket. Durell was one of the crowd that partook of his hospitality. They all left the restaurant and went to the theater. Jack, when he went on the stage to do his shooting, left his coat containing the sack in his dressing-room, and when he returned the sack had disappeared. Durell was In the dress-ing-room when he left, but had also disappeared when he returned, and he has not seen him since. Jack therefore believes that Durell took his money." -- from the San Francisco Call, July 13, 1894

Gold Ball