Gene Autrey? Never heard of him.
Just Kidding. The photo below is of me and Smiley Burnette. It was taken in Selma, Alabama in 1953. Smiley was making a tour across the US promoting the last films that he and Gene Autrey made together. I don't know the date of the picture, but it was in the fall of the year.
You can see that even at the young age of five I was already a connoisseur of fine gun leather. At five I had still not decided whether I was left handed or right handed as for as shooting was concerned. I threw a baseball right handed and batted left handed. I was ambidextrous with the pistols. This day I had on a left handed holster. School and learning to write brought me down on the right handed side. Until I actually started to school I also use pencils and crayons with either hand.
This is a studio photo of Gene and Smiley from the late 30s.
Gary, congratulations on getting a great piece of Americana.