Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bat Masterson

Today we feature a photograph of William Barclay "Bat" Masterson. Bat was a notorious figure in the old west. He was a buffalo hunter, army scout, and frontier lawman. He is perhaps most famous for serving with Wyat Earp as a Deputy in Dodge City Kansas. This picture of Bat was taken later in life, as he was working as a sports editor for a New York City newspaper. I am always sort of amazed to see pictures like this of people who were famous in one era, but lived on into another. It is hard to picture Bat Masterson getting into a car and driving to work at a newspaper office.

6 comments:

  1. I feel like you. It is really hard to imagine this man in his late years. But that's what time does to all of us.

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  2. Yes, I want to see him with a proper cowboy hat, riding a horse up to the Longbranch Saloon in Dodge City (Yes there really was a longbranch saloon in Dodge, and yes, Bat really frequented it.)

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  3. Yes and a further note, he also had a series of television shows. I can`t remember though the man who portrayed him!

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  4. Bat Masterson was portrayed by Gene Barry in the 1958-1960 television series. It's being re-run now on Encore Western channel.

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  5. Been watching old reruns of Bat Masterson on Comcast's Western Channel 160; he was a dapper gent dressed to the "nines" and always carried a cane which he often used in self-defense. He plays the character of a gambler, but doesn't actually "have a job" and earns his keep. Didn't dress like a cowboy, more like a New York City gentlemen.

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  6. The second part of this caption sums up very well the sense of amazement I feel when, for instance, I see actual FILM of Civil War vets at a reunion in the 1930s (the 1930s!) or a photo of four of Custer's Indian scouts still alive in the 1940s. There's a kind of unreality to it, yet of course, it's real.

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