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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 2 Collections and/or Records:

Indian Ghost Dance, approximately 1895

 Item — Box: 1, item: 7
Identifier: 2016-007-7
Scope and Contents A cabinet card depicting Two flags, one the United States of America, the other unidentified, are in the center of a large circle of people seated outside. There are gaps in the circle where there is no one sitting. A single tree is within the circle to the right of the flags. "Indian Dancers" are likely Otoe and/or Osage, and the location is near Hominy, Oklahoma. "7" and "Hoyt" written on back in ink. Croft imprint on front.Title taken from front of photograph. Printed on...
Dates: Other: approximately 1895

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