Thursday, May 14, 2009

Band of Brothers

Today's picture features a group of insurrectos from 1912. I think there is a lot to work with in this picture. First, note that the man on the left is wearing a necktie, and appears to be wearing suspenders. We applaud this. Just because you are a bandit does not mean that you can not try and bring a little style and sophistication to the job. Don't be fooled by the nice clothes, he has a rifle, two Bandoliers around his waiste, and a nice revolver to boot. Oh yes, and thank you to Jack Hammell who pointed out to me yesterday that the bullet belts are called "Bandoliers". I knew that, but only knew how to say the word . . . I could not figure out how to spell it. So, since there is this spelling/grammar Nazi watching my every move on this blog, I felt I should just use "bullet belt", since I knew how to spell that (OK, just kidding George). The second man appears to be trying to develop the Cowboy Bandit look. He is sporting a cowboy hat and vest. He is wearing three Bandoliers around his waste. I feel this is a bridge too far, and the third one appears to be riding up near his rib cage. I appreciate his efforts but would suggest he lose the western look and get those Bandoliers up over the shoulders. The third guy just looks like a real bad dude. Real old school. Nothing fancy, but plenty of ammo, and a rifle, and what looks like a Colt in his belt. The fourth guy, now I like what he has going on. I like the long riding jacket. His hat says "bandit", but at the same time, hints at a touch of sophistication. For this guy, the vest and tie definitely work. He would be at home in the Catina in Juarez, or the finest gambling establishment in Kansas City. The fifth guy, well, this just does not work for me. My best advise to him would be to lose the sweater. He looks like his mom dressed him, gave him a peanut butter sandwich, and then sent him off the the revolution. The sixth man, the man on the right, well he is the full package. He has four, yes four, Bandoliers . . . two around the waist and one over each shoulder in classic bandit fashion. He has an exquisite hat, perfect for the business he is in, and perfect for the picture. He has a bandanna around the neck which could easily be pulled up over the face to shield his identity, or to protect him from dust on a hard charge. Yes, I have to say our man on the right has the classic look we have been searching for over the last two weeks.

29 comments:

  1. Fashion tips for the insurrectionist?

    And you misspelled 'waist' twice.

    Keep up the good work. I knew little to nothing about the Mexican Revolution, and thanks to your pictures, I have gone out and educated myself.

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  2. If the belt with pistol is counted too, the guy on the right has got five bullet belts.

    All together are like Tony Williams and the Platters beginning "Smoke gets in your eyes".

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  4. This has been an interesting series. Thanks. I spent most of my early childhood just 30 miles from Columbus, NM, site of Pancho Villas famous raid. I did not realize that "bandidos" from this era did not wear "cowboy" boots but rather shoes and leather leggings. I do wonder how they kept their sombreros on during a hard charge, however. Or a gentle breeze, for that matter.

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  5. I hope none of these bandit's ghosts come ahauntin' you for dissin' their style. We should suggest a new Bravo show: Bandit Runway. I love it!!

    Life's become a bit overwhelming over here; a bright spot is a quick daily visit to your blog. Thank you!

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  6. The fourth guy is hot, sort of bandido chic.

    The first guy looks like he's trying too hard. The third guy is a real baddie.


    And the sixth guy definitely has the whole look.

    PJM:

    OK, now how about some photos of Mexican women from this era, and especially female bandidos???

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  7. The five to the left look like landed gentry, with the last 'bandolero(?)' on the right a hired hand.

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  8. Okay SmartGirl, you may be my almost "sister" but I think I'm going to have to fight you for #4. He IS hot!

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  9. The man on the far left is
    wearing spurs, which should
    get him a few more points.
    He is also resting his rifle on
    the end of his boot. Nice touch.

    But the man on the far right
    definitely fits the bill for
    me. Mean-looking hombre.

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  10. I told you on the 8th they were bandoleers.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=bandoleers&r=66

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  11. Heather:

    Well, I SAID it first, and I'm older than you. So, stand in line!!

    Bruce:

    Lighten up, who cares WHAT they're called? They're all dead, anyway.

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  12. I would not want to meet any of them in a dark alley, sophistication not withstanding! These guys were not out there riding the range for the glamor, for sure! Nice series of pictures, PJM. I haven't had a lot to say about them since I know nothing about them and can't flaunt my edification, but have enjoyed looking at them and reading the commentary.

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  13. The fourth guy is general Emilio Campa. The other men are his bodyguards. Campa was apparently known to use una maquina loca; sending a locomotive filled with explosives into enemy-held towns… (I hope Heather and SmartGirl are not disappointed).

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  14. Errrr. . . Rob, the mystery person contest is not till Saturday. But you are correct, it is General Campa.
    PJM

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  15. Rob:

    When you're hot, you're hot. He's still hot, sort of GQ looking for his era and position in life.

    And that business about the explosive-laden locomotives makes me like him even MORE!!!

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  16. SmartGirl and I figured he probably wasn't much of a choir boy, since he's in this picture hangin out with a bunch of "bad boys". He's still pretty good "eye candy"...but I do prefer choir boys (well....not BOYS, but MEN. Somehow it doesn't sound right to say choir MEN) :-D

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  17. Well, personally I feel more sympathy for the 6th guy. The silent, serious type, who gets the job done in a professional manner. Guy number 4 is just showing off (and wasting valuable locomotives).

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  18. Well, Guy No. 4 is definitely the best-looking of the bunch, and that's what I'm looking for.

    I don't care what he did with those locomotives.

    Bachelor No. 5 looks like everyone else picked on him, and I'll bet he got really mad about it too.

    Guy No. 3 is defintely a reform-school dropout, but Guy No. 6 looks like he escaped from Alcatraz.

    He's one bad, bad, dude.

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  19. Just want to thank P.J.M for starting this blog.I enjoy it very much.
    I'm just wondering if someone had walked up to one of these , hate to use this word,(bandidos) and said, How do you spell the word ,that belt, that you have hanging over your shoulders?
    He would have probably said,you crazy Gringo, we are fighting for our rights and our families' lives.
    And then, boom!!!

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  20. Thank you for posting this amazing pic! I happen to recognize the two main subjects; George LeRoy Parker aka Butch Cassidy, and Harry Longabaugh/Longbaugh aka Some Dunce Kid. They are surrounded by Pinkerton Detectives' EOEs. That is why they don't look very happy. Also, the guy in the sweater wouldn't share his peanut butter sandwich.

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  21. "SmartGirl 1953 said...
    Bruce:
    Lighten up, who cares WHAT they're called? They're all dead, anyway."

    Dead? Bandoleers are the belts with the bullets... duh.

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  22. They are most definitely not Butch and Sundance.

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  23. Bruce:

    I was referring to the people in the photos, NOT the belts.

    And . . . what I meant was that since the PEOPLE in the photos are deceased, why bother nit-picking every little thing the author of this blog writes.

    The purpose of these photos is for enjoyment, nostalgia, and some incidental historical information.

    It's not an in-depth history course or SAT exam.

    Only very insecure individuals constantly feel the need to criticize and correct others.

    If the shoe fits . . . .

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  24. PJM - "Oh yes, and thank you to Jack Hammell who pointed out to me yesterday that the bullet belts are called "Bandoliers"."

    xoxoxoBruce - "I told you on the 8th they were bandoleers."

    Smartgirl - "Bruce:Lighten up, who cares WHAT they're called? They're all dead, anyway."

    You dump on me when you don't even know what the hell we were talking about... then accuse me on nitpicking? Growup.

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  25. A trifle sensitive, aren't we?

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  26. Only at cyber bully attention whores that try to control what other people post.

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  27. REQUEST FOR TRUCE:

    XOXOXOBruce and Smartgirl,

    You are two of my favorite people on the blog. Can we have a truce? I think this was all a misundersanding. Smartgirl gets tired of people PC nitpicking me, and she is always quick to come to my defense. XOXOXOBruce has insigtful comments, and will point things out if I am wrong. A little tit for tat has been escalating for several days.

    Can we just call it a misunderstanding, and call a truce?

    Can we all be friends here?

    Thanks,
    PJM

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  28. NORKIO: It ISN'T Butch and SUNDANCE, it's Butch and Some DUNCE...

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  29. rebecca2: they hold their hats with a little cord in it... Mariachis still use this to hold their hats

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