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This is Page 65.

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.

 

Send your photo.

 Email us for information about sending it to us.

 

 

If you enjoy this feature, you may also be interested in our 
Western Memories Project, the personal recollectionsó many with photosó contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.



previous weeks' photos

index of all photos


Week of January 11, 2010

 

South Dakota rancher, poet and writer Robert Dennis shares recent photos of his winter pasture. He describes the photos briefly:

Here is a scene from my winter pasture as I drive the team and sled  up to feed the cows:

This is what I saw in the snow:

Below are Ron and Roz, who are using my favorite "winter water slide" to get the hay to the critters. There are few things that sound so sweet as sleigh bells on a set of good draft horses on a cool, winter day, taking feed to hungry cattle.

This is one of the best pictures of me I have ever seen!  I seldom look this handsome!


 

Robert Dennis has contributed other interesting photos to Picture the West, including:

Moving heifers home in October, 2009

Moving moving a few first calf heifer pairs in June, 2009

  Mijo, his "ex-stallion"

2009 calving and branding on the Dennis Ranch

  Summer ranch photos

Photos taken while he was "out riding on yearlings"

Photos of his mares and colts

Family photos from the 1920s and 1940s

Photos and stories from his ranch and Red Owl

Area photos from the early 1900s

rdfatheruncles.jpg (54358 bytes) Family photos from the 1920s


Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.

Read more about Robert Dennis and read 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.


 

Week of January 4, 2010


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.


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South Dakota ranch wife, quilting champion, and popular poet Yvonne Hollenbeck shared photos from the 2009 Christmastime blizzard that hit the Northern Plains.  The photos are from Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck's ranch near Clearfield, South Dakota.

She sent this photo as the storm started:

Later, she sent others with some comments:


This is  the patio door that I cannot, or do not dare, open. There is a drift approximately 6 feet tall on the other side and up against the door. Remember the bird bath and bird feeder by the bush that you could see two days ago? I cannot see it anymore.
 


Here we're driving some cows home before the storm. We had many head in winter pasture, so we brought them home to be with the rest where they had more protection and would be easier to feed.


Buried under this snow bank is a 10-foot-high steel windbreak. Glen worked trying to dig it out so the cattle won't walk over top of it and get out.

 

Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck raise cattle and quarter horses on their ranch in Clearfield, South Dakota.

 

Yvonne Hollenbeck has contributed other interesting photos to "Picture the West," including:

what "bail out" means on a ranch

  a vintage family photo of Hollenbeck Livery

  early photos of acclaimed writers Billie Snyder Thornburg, her sister Nellie Snyder Yost, and their family's ranch

  a tintype of her great grandfather, Ben Arnold

  photos of another fierce winter storm


Read more about Yvonne Hollenbeck, including some of her poetry in our feature 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.


 

Week of December 28, 2009

 

These photos were all taken in 1940 at a Quemado, New Mexico rodeo. All are from the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (FSA-OWI) collection, a part of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. 

In previous Picture the West entries we've had  1939 photos from Alpine, Texas, 1940 photos from the San Angelo, Texas Fat Stock Show; and circa 1940 photos from Montana. There are more to come.

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.")

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.

 


Cowboys on their horses at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF3301-012772-M2 DLC]
 
 


Cowboys at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF33-012773-M1 DLC]

 


Cowboy at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF3301-012770-M1 DLC]
 

 


Cowboy testing stirrups at rodeo before broncbusting. Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF3301-012770-M2 DLC]

 


Cowboy testing length of stirrups before bronc busting. Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF34-036938-D DLC]
 


Cowboy at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF3301-012770-M4 DLC]
 

 
Cowboys around corral at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico.
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [
LC-USF33-012770-M5]

 


Judges' stand at rodeo, Quemado, New Mexico.
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
 [
LC-USF33-012771-M1 DLC]
 


Clown rider with his trick mule at rodeo. Quemado, New Mexico
June, 1940, Russell Lee
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection,
 [
LC-USF34-036949-D DLC]

 

A 2003 article here comments that "The Catron County-owned Quemado Rodeo grounds have seen more ups and downs over the years than have the bull and bronc riders of yore... Purchased from the Bureau of Land Management by local ranchers, who used the arena and livestock pens for weighing and shipping their cattle, the facilities, and 150 acres with it, were turned over to Catron County in the 1950s...The rodeo grounds were heavily used for a few years with well-attended rodeos, and then sat abandoned for a few more after that...."

Catron County is New Mexico's largest. According to information here, "At almost 7,000 square miles, Catron County is larger than a few Eastern states. With a population of only 3,543 people, the county is as sparsely populated as many an old West frontier area."


 

   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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