Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Sad to Say, Sadie
Sorry, Sadie. That glamorous, sexy picture of Wyatt Earp's wife, Josephine Sarah "Sadie" Marcus Earp?
You know the one that hangs near Wyatt's photo...
...by the entrance to the Tivoli bar (506 Sixth Avenue, 619-232-6754), the Gaslamp's oldest bar?
Tivoli Bar Entrance
For sure Wyatt and Sadie lived in San Diego after that little affair in Tombstone. And for sure they drank at this very bar.
Hate to say it, because I love the picture. Have had many-a slurp and the occasional poutine (the Canadian fries n' gravy national dish, $6.85) looking lovingly up at her ghostly portrait, but something ain't right. According to Antiques Road Show on KPBS, it just ain't her.
One of their appraisers, C. Wesley Cowan, told a guy who had bought the picture for $65 that the picture has fooled everybody, including himself. It is supposed to be the wife of Wyatt Earp, mainly because it appeared on the cover of a book called I Married Wyatt Earp.
Cowan says this gal was photographed by the Pastime Novelty Company in New York City. They specialized in suggestive pictures and hired models as they could find them. Could Sadie have been one of them? Not likely. She was born in 1861. This photo was taken in 1914. That would put her at -- be still my heart -- 53. No way.
Sigh. It's enough to drive a man to drink and, well, another poutine...to help with the pouting.
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