Saturday, May 18, 2013

Indian Brave

First, we need to follow up on yesterday's picture. On the question of what the string and tab was coming from the cowboy's pocket . . . many of you recognized right off that it was a pouch of Bull Durham tobacco. This was the old roll your own smoke brand. When I was growing up, it was a common sight, and it was quite amazing watching the guys that used it make a cigarette. Truly it was an art form.

Now, on to this week. This will be Indian Portrait week. I have found some really amazing photochrom prints from 1900 that I would like to share with you. The picture above is the first in the series. The man was Arrowmaker, and he was an Ojibwa brave. I love the buckskin and beadwork. He really looks like something you would expect to see in a movie.


  1. Color photos from 1900? These will be splendid, I'm sure, if this first one is evidence of what's to come.

    By the way, where in West Texas did you grow up? Thanks.

  2. Lynette, I grew up in Eldorrado, which is south of San Angelo.

  3. Very regal. Excellent photo.
    -Anne K.

  4. The Photochrom process is interesting and was quite an arduous and involved endeavor. It was done before color film and processing were invented. Here's a Wikipedia link to an article explaining the process....
    The portrait of the Native American shows remarkable color, and he is not "something" but "someone".

  5. This picture almost looks fake. The Indian has no (sun) wrinkles! Botox in 1900? You can "see" the light reflection in his eyes.


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