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This is Page 58.

See some past weeks' photos below.

See an index of all past weeks' photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photo of the week.

 

We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo to share, email us for information about sending it to us.

Each week, we'll post selected photos from those received. We'll also share some photos posted previously elsewhere at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

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Western Memories Project, the personal recollections— many with photos— contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.


 

 

We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


previous  photos

index of all photos


September 21, 2009


Poet Dale Page shares the photo below of John William Blunk, from about 1920. Dale told us:


John William Blunk of Barber County, Kansas, was born October 26, 1850, in Morgan County, Indiana. Blunk’s grandfather, Aaron, married the daughter of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy.

The Blunks migrated to Kansas, where they ranched on approximately 11,000 acres. Through the years, like so many family ranches, the property was divided and sold off. Three generations of the descendents of John Blunk live in Morgan County, Indiana, including his great-great-granddaughter and my wife, Paula Burket Page.

Read more about Dale Page and some of his poetry here.
 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


September 14, 2009

 

The photos below were all made in 1940 at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show in San Angelo, Texas.

Several weeks ago, we had some 1939 photos from Alpine, Texas, from the same Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (FSA-OWI), a part of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. 

Because the photos were commissioned by the U.S. government, they are in the public domain (It is stated, "Most photographs in this collection were taken by photographers working for the U.S. Government. Work by the U.S. Government is not eligible for copyright protection.")

We'll be posting more selected photos that depict cowboys in coming weeks.

The FSA-OWI collection is described:

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). The collection also includes photographs acquired from other governmental and non-governmental sources, including the News Bureau at the Offices of Emergency Management (OEM), various branches of the military, and industrial corporations. In total, the black-and-white portion of the collection consists of about 171,000 black-and-white film negatives...

The photos below were all made by photographer Russell Lee (1903-1986), who taught photography at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1965-1973. A site devoted to a 2003 centenary exhibition of his work comments, "Although his photographic career spanned four decades, Russell Lee is best known for his work from 1936 until 1942, making pictures for the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal program designed to assist poor and destitute farmers during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression."  Find more information at Texas State University's Russell Lee Collection.

The photos' captions come from the FSA catalog.


Working cowboy in the show barns at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF33-012600-M2]
 


Cowboy asleep in cattle show barn at San Angelo Fat Stock Show. San Angelo, Texas.
At nearby all stock shows the working cowboys bring along their camp beds and sleep in the barns.
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-035484-D]



Cowboys eating breakfast at restaurant on the grounds of San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF33-012615-M2]
 


Cowboys in the hotel lobby during the San Angelo Fat Stock Show at San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-035483-D]

 


Cowboy trimming up sheep which will be shown at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show. San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-035495-D]



Cowboys clipping a Hereford steer which will be shown in the San Angelo Fat Stock Show. San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
C-USF34-035506-D]
 


Cowboy washing Hereford steer which will be shown next morning at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show. San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-035493-D]
 


Auction of horses at San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas. The breeding and raising of fine horses is a part of the cattle industry. They are used not only as show horses and as saddle horses but also each cowboy on a ranch has a string of from five to a dozen horses for his own use in ranching activities
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-035479-D]

 


"Wild steer wrestling" at the rodeo of the San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas. Two cowboys ride the wild steer
between them before one of them dismounts to bulldog the steer
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF33-012602-M3]
 


Youngster in cowboy costume watching the rodeo at the San Angelo Fat Stock Show, San Angelo, Texas
March, 1940, by Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF33-012609-M1]

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


   

        

       

     

       

     

     

     

    

     

   

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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