Chris forced the photographer to take this photo!
General Loafer was a fine officer and a gentleman!
I couldn't make the link work Chris.
I believe that the metal used to make tintypes (Ferro graphs) was polished zinc.
My grandfather's name was Joe McCarty. He was a dentist near Dodge City, KS and knew Dr. Oscar H. Simpson well who was also Sallie Chisum's sister-in-law. Doc McCarty knew that we were related to the Kid, but he didn't like to discuss it. The story enraged him. Here's a pic of Doc McCarty taken when he was about the same age as the kid.
No doubt about it that is a wow photo. Wish we had one of Billy as clear as this one. Unless we can find a photo that is without a doubt Billy we are never going to know for sure what he really looked like. In my opinion of course.