Sunday, September 09, 2018

Just When You Think You've Seen It All

September 9, 2018
   We know the dude is lean, mean and looming. He's Purple Rain in a vaquero outfit. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the act you've known for all these months:

"The Mexicali Stud"

   As for his headgear, here's the high pinch sugarloaf I recently got from RJ Preston:

My Own Personal Stash of Sugarloafs

   And, just when I thought I had seen every photo of Tom Mix ever taken, someone sends me this early publicity photo of Tom Mix wearing a high pinch sugarloaf:

High Pinch Sugarloaf on Tom Mix

     And just when I think vaquero style is limited to a narrow range—as in cowboy style—I stumble across an old Frederic Remington painting of the real deal:

Remington vaquero high style

  And just when snotty purists say there are no photographs of tie downs in the Old West, someone finds this little dittie from Arizona Territory, 1872:

The Tie Down

   And just when I think I should leave well enough alone, I go back into an old Daily Whip Out and give it another go:

"Trail of Tears Reprise"

    And just when I think I've seen every frontiersman-mountain man photo there ever has been taken, someone posts this:

"The Frontiersman"

   And just when I think I'm done with today's post, I find this:

Double-belted Amigos

    The moral is, just when you think you've seen it all, you ain't seen nothin', yet.

"Simpler and more specific is always better. People get it."
—Bill Hader


  1. love those sugarloaf hats...where can i get me one of those babies...???

  2. Never say always and never say
    Never. As soon as you do you will be proved wrong. U.S Navy Anti-Submarine Warfare Chief Petty Office retired. Have a fine Navy day.

  3. Anonymous9:16 PM

    The last picture of the 3 cowboys is my family. The middle one is Nathaniel "Nat" Greer of Concho, Az along with 2 of his ranch hands. They were involved in the Battle of San Juan Days gunfight in June 1882 (St..Johns, Az) with his brothers against sheep ranchers in the area.

    1. Anonymous6:31 AM

      Moi j avais un ancêtre moutin à San juan

  4. Anonymous9:24 PM

    The center gentleman is my 2x great uncle Nat Greer. Pic taken right before historic gunfight on San Juan Days in St John, AZ June 1882

  5. Anonymous10:27 AM

    That new guy pic, looks as if he rode off the range today! Amazing how everyday these guys look, without their everpresent beards

  6. "The Frontiersman" is 'none other' than a Cabinet Card photograph of: *William 'Billy the Kid' McCarty! His facial features are an exact match and his particular ear configuration, (like a clear fingerprint), is extremely well defined, which makes this a Positive Identification. *I recommend y'all copy this image of Billy for your files.. and also, by the way, research & identify both the Rifle & the Gun he is carrying, if possible. Thorough research makes Old West history Come Alive -Blue!

  7. Anonymous7:58 PM



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