1914 Kaloma Sepia Print of Wyatt Earp’s Wife Josephine


An original sepia toned photographic print, titled ‘Kaloma’, which is framed and glazed and purportedly portrays a very sensuous Josephine Earp (Western Lawman Wyatt Earp of OK Corral fame).
The image shows an ethereal three quarters photo of a beautiful naked woman covered in a transparent satin veil, with the image fading away at the knee. The photo is dry-stamped Kaloma, as well as ‘COPYRIGHT 1914 P.N. Co’ (Pastime Novelty Company). The photograph has been mounted, framed and glazed. The photo is in very nice condition.
In 1976 this woman appeared on the cover of Glenn Boyer's book "I Married Wyatt Earp" (University of Arizona Press). Ever since she has been identified as Earp's wife, Josephine. Boyer insisted it was a picture of Josephine from 1880. Gradually, interest in the image began to shift away from risqué nostalgia. Kaloma became an icon of the mania for western collecting that grew through the 1980s and escalated dramatically in the late 1990s, when the image began to sell for hundreds, then thousands of dollars as portraits of Josephine Marcus Earp.
Size image: 11.5 x 28.5 cm (4 ½ x 11 ¼ inches)
Size frame: 23 x 38.5 x 1.8 cm (9 x 15 1/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 670g