Sunday, January 30, 2011

Zerelda Cole James Samuel / The mother of Jesse James Photo on Ebay

Up for bid on Ebay is what could be a rare photo Zerelda samuel who was the mother of Frank and Jesse James. Compare the known photgraphs of her and decide for yourself. She appears to be in her 50's in the photo. The date written in pencil on the back could be July 1884 which would make her 59 years old and would have been two years after Jesse was killed. This may be why she is wearing the black dress. Her right arm appears to be fake and must have been added by the photographer. She lost that arm in 1875 thanks to a Pinkerton bomb. Note the large left eye, shape of the nose, parting of the hair, and down turned corners of her mouth. These are the same characteristics Zerelda has in other photographs.

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