Thomas Coleman Younger
AKA Cole Younger
There are several unique facial characteristics to make a comparison with the naked eye. The eye line is not even and his right eye is lower than his left eye. Yet the right eyebrow is higher than the other side. His ears are average sized and close to the head. The nose is large, long, narrow and the nostrils flare upward as the tip turns downward. The goatee obscures the mouth and chin, but it does match the facial hair in our sample lower down the page.
The next photo below was acquired in a lot of several tintypes from a dealer in St. Joseph, Missouri, across the street from the Jesse James Home Museum. The lot included Jesse, his wife, a baby photo, Frank with Annie…
A sawed-off shotgun is visible to his right and the coat seems thread-worn from the bulges of his concealed pistols.
This photo has some condition issues, but than its been through some rough times considering the life Cole lived. The fact that it has survived at all is quite a remarkable discovery.
Below we see Cole sitting with his brother Bob Younger and their cousin, Jesse W. James. When known associates are photographed together there is a “triangulation of evidence” and the photo is self-authenticating.
Thanks to RJ Pastore’s long years of researching Jesse’s hidden past, many precious relics have been rescued from becoming lost forever. They are each a priceless record of a tumultuous era and a national treasure of historic significance.
To see more photos of the Younger brothers and other notable historical figures.