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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Billy the Kid playing croquet was $2 junk shop find

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

A detail from a 4×5-inch photo depicting Billy the Kid, left, playing croquet in 1878.

Henry McCarty, known in Wild West lore as Billy the Kid, lived a brief and violent life, stealing and killing before his death in a gunfight aged 21. He lived with a gun in his hand – and sometimes, it seems, a croquet mallet.

In a surprising historical twist, the second photo of McCarty ever to be authenticated shows him and his posse, the Regulators, playing the sport in New Mexico in 1878. continue ...
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