We are dealing with the smile myths that will not die in the next issue of True West. What exactly are the smile myths?
Daily Whip Out: "I just survived the Civil War, the exposure time
on your camera is too long, I have bad teeth and I'm wearing
wool long johns. Why would I want to smile?"
None of these cliche excuses, addresses the real reason most people didn't smile in Old West photographs. Historian Rita Ackerman puts it all in perspective in the February issue.
"Smile, and the whole world will eventually catch up to you and smile."
—Old Vaquero Song
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