Clarence E. Long. Age 10 Yrs. The Hoosier Boy Rifle Shot. Lafayette, Ind. [caption title]
Photo souvenir card of a boy trick shooter
C. 1893 photo souvenir card of a 10-year-old boy trick shooter, Clarence E. Long of Lafayette, Indiana. The composite photograph shows nine vignettes of young, competitive medal-winning shooter. The young man is seen posing with his rife and demonstrating his shooting technique which included firing backwards or while suspended from a trapeze. A contemporary Indiana newspaper describes some of his trickier shooting feats: “He indulges in fancy shooting of all kinds, such as nipping small disks from his father’s fingers, lighting parlor matches and cutting cards held edgewise toward him. He even shoots the ashes from his father’s cigar, and such like fool tricks.”¹ The cigar trick shot is depicted in the final vignette.
Description: Clarence E. Long. Age 10 Yrs. The Hoosier Boy Rifle Shot. Lafayette, Ind. [caption title]
[Lafayette, Indiana?, c. 1893]. Composite Albumen Photograph on Mount. 4¼ x 5¼ inches. Recent clear tape on top and bottom edges, affecting image; good.
Note. 1. Indianapolis Journal, October 17, 1893, (Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana), p3.