Monday, September 9, 2013
It is funny how much our idea of cowboys is defined by the iconic imagery produced in Hollywood. I find myself searching for pictures that would reflect what I have come to expect based on movies and TV shows. The truth is, you are just hard pressed to find any images remotely like the Clint Eastwood characters, or Matt Dillon or even Festus. I guess I should realize that the photographs define reality, and not the movies. One thing I find is that it is very unusual to find a picture of a cowboy wearing a six shooter. As you can see in this picture, there is not a gun in sight. I think cowboys carrying guns was much more rare than would would be indicated from the movies.