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Croft, Thomas, 1849-1909



Thomas F. Croft moved to Arkansas City from Illinois in 1885. In 1894 he likely took the famous photograph of the Land Run Opening the Cherokee Strip for settlement while working for a photographer named Prettyman. In 1896 he took the first known image of a tornado in action during a visit to Oklahoma City. He regularly traveled to Indian Territory to shoot images of Native Americans, such as the one we are examining. Later on in his career he moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Wichita Indian, Grass House. Near Anadarko, I.T., Undated

 Item — Box: 1, item: 16
Identifier: 2016-007-16
Scope and Contents

A cabinet card depicting a grass house typical of the Wichita people. "21" and "Hoyt" written on back in ink. Croft imprint is lacking, but other examples indicate he was the photographer.

Dates: Other: Undated

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