[Florida, Hunting] Original Hunting Photograph Woman with Pistol Dead Alligator 1910 Ocala Florida
Florida. Mounted Photo.
Original photograph on matte board; showing a kneeling woman [Grace Willard] in skirt, blouse, tie, and frontier hat. She is holding a pistol behind an alligator presumed dead measuring 9.5 feet.
Very Good. Item #013895
The photo is from the Ocklawaha River in the Ocala region of Florida. Very Lightly in pencil is the name Grace Willard 93 High Street [Westerly] RI. The city ends in a 'y' but does not seem to have enough letters.
A search finds only Westerly as a city in RI that begins with a 'w' and ends in a 'y'. Matte has some fading; the photo has lightened on the perimeter, but the subject is vivid and clear. The photo measures 4.75 by 3.625 inches. The board measures 6.8 by 5.8 inches.
Alligators have been hunted throughout the 19th and 20th centuries for food, their skin, for sport, and out of fear. Many companies operated that advertised the opportunity to shoot alligators from their boats.