Sunday, December 26, 2010

Roundup Week


About the only thing I like better than Bandits is an Authentic Cowboy, so I would like to welcome you to Roundup Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old pictures of a fading if not lost way of life . . . the Cowboy Way. This picture was taken in 1939 near Powder Springs, Montana. It was taken at the Three Circle Roundup camp. Notice the straps and buckles on the man's boots . . . these are to hold his spurs on. The furry things he is sitting on are his chaps. You can also see his lariat near his boots. He looks to be having some grub in the mess tent. Notice in the background large white bags on the table. These are probably flour, red beans, and maybe even rice. There was of course no refrigeration out on the range, so the cowboys diet consisted of meat (which was readily available from the herd) and things that could be made from dry ingredients . . . biscuits, tortillas, red beans, cornbread, and maybe rice.

24 comments:

  1. I'm new to Bloggin (setting up my first Blog 2-3 days ago) but I found your blog by clicking on "next blag", and I must say its fantastic. I love the way the individual pics have a your notes of interest, you've kind of done all the hard work for the rest of us, so well done and thanks. David, London England

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  2. Liner,
    Thanks for the kind words, and hope you will check back often.
    PJM

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  3. Howdy,

    This 80 year old "Arizona desert rat" enjoys browsing you blog. Here in Arizona, country western, rodeos and cowboy poetry are still alive and well. It's fading in the big cities, but even here in Phoenix we occasionally see a six-shooter on the hip at the grocery store.

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  4. Whenever I see old photos like these, I think about how our photos will look to people in the future.

    I love your blog and look forward to your posts. So interesting.

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  5. Let me endorse the compliments left by Liner and Herm inn Phoenix.

    I check in here daily.

    I do note a naked electric light bulb hanging down in the upper left hand corner of the frame, so the pic may have been taken at the ranch headquarters or a line cabin rather than out on the range.

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  6. Interesting photo. I, too, am puzzled by the electric light hanging down in the grub tent. Also there is a suitcase under the table. The shelves behind him are called a Grub Box - built like the back of a chuckwagon which contained the food and utensils. I wonder if it was perhaps a tent at a fair and rodeo??? that is has lights? Puzzling. You need one more category in your poll, PJM. I cannot vote on either a yes or a no. (and it's not Maybe either)!!!

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  7. Living the cowboy life may sound romantic.
    But after about 1 or 2 days of being out in the rain, dust, heat. no shade, and sore butt, the romance is all gone. And then there are the other things like rattlesnakes, stampedes, storms, and rustlers.
    I know, we are a nation of tenderfoots that like some comfort every now and then.
    Gave me a few days at a dude ranch, and I'm good to go for a few years.

    I use to ride horse back into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana elk hunting every now and then. I would rent a horse to ride starting a few weeks ahead of time so that I didn't get all tightened up after the day long ride back to our hunting camp. It was funny to see others when they got up in the morning were hardly able to move after the long ride in. A lot of them wouldn't even ride their horse the next day, they would walk instead.

    Only about 7200 minutes left.

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  8. Looking at the clothes (and suitcase), I'd say this picture is from the late forties/early fifties. The light was either powered from a generator or more likely a 12 volt light hooked up to a pickup.

    I have spent most of my life working ranches and feedlots around the west. If you like cowboy things you would like my website at http://www.2lazy4u.us
    You can get to my various blogs from there as well as my books containing true stories from my books of surviving life as a modern day cowboy with humor intact!

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  9. Cowboy looks a little like Steve Mc Queen! I agree with 2lazy4u that the light will come from the chuck wagon battery.

    Al

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  10. Don't forget the "hardtack" and "jerky" that was part of the cowboy's range diet. I'm not sure that the shelf life those two food staples has ever been determined.

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  11. Actually they didn't get much beef because it cut into the profits. If the old song was accurate the line would have been "Wheres there deer and antelope stew...Where seldom is heard as a sexual word, cuz there seldom a woman around...."

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  12. They may have had a Delco power plant with the little gas engine and acid batteries. My Uncle and Aunt had one before they got power on the ranch.If the lights started getting dim, my uncle would run out and crank up the engine. This was in the early forty's.
    Al in Texas

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  13. Guess the handsome cowboy is in his diet now...very handsome as if an another James Dean...very nice a blog...qualified a blog of note...

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  14. I'm with Merideth. I am not secret in wanting to return to a cowboy lifestyle.

    Are those buffalo chaps by the cowboy's right side?

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  15. Did anyone notice the woman in the background?

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  16. Yep...a suitcase. Cowboys stuff everything they own into either a duffel bag or suitcase. In my younger days I had a duffel bag, saddle, saddle pad, hackamore, snaffle bit, and a bridal for broke horses. Made moving to a new outfit easy as everything fit into the cab of my truck. Married now and need to make several trips or get a moving van (and that does not include the horses!)

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  17. old photos are great.., it never vanish easily.., i has a long life term., than to the generation photo.

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  18. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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  19. Hello! I read the blog and I must say is very nice and especially interesting. is not one of those trivial blog, where he talks about this and that. Capture the reader's attention. I hope you pass by my blog eheheh Chiara, Italy

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  20. love old photos, they really take me back

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  21. What a classic! When I was a little girl my hero was Annie Oakley. I was raised on a ranch in California and after school saddle my trustee steed and fly away into the hills. NOw I live on a ranch in Montana and think I've gone to heaven!

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  22. I love your classic cowboy photos. Reminds me much of my friend, Michael Geffrard dream of becoming one. He lives in NY, so it would be impossible. As of now, he started his photography passion by traveling West. I'd like to show him this.

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