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Avis Noelle

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Wheaton, IL - United States

Great Composition and B&W shot. V/F

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Darren! :)

Tallahassee, FL - United States


Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Denise!

Timmonsville, SC - United States

Great capture, Avis! Simply beautiful.

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Jeff, appreciate that! :)

Presque Isle, ME - United States

Awesome black and white Avis! f/v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you very much Gary!

Campo Grande, Ma - Brazil

Perfect BW Avis. I liked it!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Beto!

Munster - Ireland

Wonderful shot and presentation

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Brian, nice of you to say! :)

Potomac, MD - United States

nice :) v

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Thanks Atousa!

Missouri City, TX - United States

excellent! v

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Thanks Debi!

Farmington, NM - United States

Very nice...v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Janis!

Crawford - United States

Love the composition great work

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Eric, appreciate it!

Rehoboth, MA - United States

Excellent black and white!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks so much Joan!

Minneapolis, MN - United States

nice one

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Jeanne!

Nazareth- Ilit - Israel

It really great work!! Wonderful composition ! Congrats!! V

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Sergey! Appreciate your enthusiasm! :)

Greensboro, NC - United States

Great composition in the wonderful shot!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks so much Geri! :)

Wheaton, IL - United States

fabulous shot. v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Darren!

Mesa, AZ - United States

Nice image - like it in B&W.

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Marcia! :)

Baton Rouge, La - United States

Very effective in black and white! v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Elizabeth, I thought it gave it some atmosphere! :)

Hickory, NC - United States

Very nice black & white. v

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Thank you Terry!

London, Mi - United Kingdom

Great capture Avis!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Stephen! :)


Happy Birth day Avis...!!...Fantastic show in B & W ......+V/F

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Basant for the b'day wishes, and kind words!

Dunlap, IL - United States

Outstanding b/w image Avis! v

Spokane, WA - United States

Awesome shot. SE

Fort Collins, CO - United States

Great capture Avis! I loved the movie with Paul Newman!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks too!

Lauderdale Lakes, FL - United States

Love it!! Did you know that one of the men Judge Roy Bean sentenced to hang was Billy The Kid. This happened in La Mesilla, New Mexico, near Las Cruces.

Avis Noelle replied:

Really! That's cool...I read he only sentenced two men to hang and one got away...guess the other one was Billy! Thanks!

Mesa, AZ - United States

Love this b&FW - v/f

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Thanks Janice!

Boise, ID - United States

voted .f

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Thank you Sandi!

San Mateo, CA - United States

great black and white shot. v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Mike!

Etna, NH - United States

Nice tones and texture!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Edward!

Epping, NH - United States

Cool shot! See that wheel I have the twin now over the bed with lights LOVE IT!!!! v

Avis Noelle replied:

Oh cool Eunice...I bet it looks great (hope it's well secured!) Thanks!

Clovis, CA - United States

Very nice!

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Thanks Terry!

ANNECY - France

Great work..! v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Barbara!

Hemet, CA - United States

Thumbs up Avis.... v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks for the thumb Glenn!

Victoria, TX - United States

Super black and the Judge Roy Bean series.

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Ella!

Dallas, TX - United States

Nice B&W!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Elena!

Vacaville, CA - United States

Nicely done, works well in black and white.

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Bill!

Leicester, le - United Kingdom


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Thanks Linsey!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

interesting history to this, well done! v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Joan!

Toronto, ON - Canada

I love everything about this! The composition, the subject, the geometry, the contrast, the black and white treatment - really great work!

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Tracy you're sweet!

Southampton, Ha - United Kingdom

Brilliant in mono. I love it

Avis Noelle replied:

Thank you Terri!

Fruita, CO - United States

great b/w image v

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Thank you Bob!

Omaha, NE - United States

Great image, love the "Old West" look. v

Avis Noelle replied:

Thanks Jeff! Yup, it was the 'Old Wild West' back then for sure!

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Judge Roy Bean was quite a colorful character, who considered himself the "Law West of the Pecos" amongst other things, and this image in black and white is part of his saloon/courthouse/billiard hall. Here's an account from Wikipedia that tells more.
One of his first acts as a justice of the peace was to "shoot[...] up the saloon shack of a Jewish competitor". Bean then turned his tent saloon into a part-time courtroom and began calling himself the "Law West of the Pecos." As judge, Bean relied on a single lawbook, the 1879 edition of the Revised Statutes of Texas. If newer lawbooks appeared, Bean used them as kindling.
Bean did not allow hung juries or appeals, and jurors, who were chosen from his best bar customers, were expected to buy a drink during every court recess. Bean was known for his unusual rulings. In one case, an Irishman named Paddy O'Rourke shot a Chinese laborer. A mob of 200 angry Irishmen surrounded the courtroom and threatened to lynch Bean if O'Rourke was not freed. After looking through his law book, Bean ruled that "homicide was the killing of a human being; however, he could find no law against killing a "chinaman". Bean dismissed the case.

By December 1882, railroad construction had moved further westward, so Bean moved his courtroom and saloon 70 miles (110km) to Strawbridge. A competitor who was already established in the area laced Bean's whiskey stores with kerosene. Unable to attract customers, Bean left the area and went to Eagle's Nest, 20 miles (32km) west of the Pecos River. The site was soon renamed Langtry. The original owner of the land, who ran a saloon, had sold 640 acres to the railroad on the condition that no part of the land could be sold or leased to Bean. O'Rourke, the Irishman Bean had previously acquitted, told Bean to use the railroad right-of-way, which was not covered by the contract. For the next 20years, Bean squatted on land he had no legal right to claim.[6] Bean named his new saloon The Jersey Lilly in honor of Lillie Langtry who recounted how she visited the area following the death of Roy Bean in her autobiography. He sent for his children to live with him at the saloon, with youngest son Sam forced to sleep on a pool table.
Langtry did not have a jail, so all cases were settled by fines. Bean refused to send the state any part of the fines, but instead kept all of the money. In most cases, the fines were made for the exact amount in the accused's pockets. Bean is known to have sentenced only two men to hang, one of whom escaped. Horse thieves, who were often sentenced to death in other jurisdictions, were always let go if the horses were returned. Although only district courts were legally allowed to grant divorces, Bean did so anyway, pocketing $10 per divorce. He charged only $5 for a wedding, and ended all wedding ceremonies with "and may God have mercy on your souls" (traditionally the end of a death sentence).
Bean won re-election to his post in 1884, but was defeated in 1886. The following year, the commissioner's court created a new precinct in the county and appointed Bean the new justice of the peace. He continued to be elected until 1896. Even after that defeat, he "refused to surrender his seal and law book and continued to try all cases north of the tracks".


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