May 13, 2022
Okay, based on our internal debate, here is what Dan The Man came up with.
"There were two Americas for women in the 1800s. While the Victorian Era was strangling women in the East, the West stood as a physical and mental opposite."
Pretty damn groovy, if you ask me. But then I got this from one of my muses.
"Bob, I like this concept a lot and hope it is in the book somewhere. I love the idea of the USA map and I agree it needs to be the USA we know today. One omission might get you in trouble with some mighty upset Alaskans. Alaska was a part of the west and had similar dens of iniquity and real women, lots of tough hombres, gold mine boom towns and indigenous people. It might not fit within a page without looking a bit awkward, but it is something to consider."
A legitimate concern but sometimes we just have to shoot the ball and keep up the full court press, to mash a basketball metaphor, or two.
I was gifted five boxes of old photographs from a collector back east and as I was going through this treasure trove of Old West images I came upon this oddity. What is this young woman from St. Joseph, Missouri doing? Or, more specifically, what is her pose attempting to communicate?
It appears she is wearing a glove. I call her "The Waver" but that doesn't seem right. What do you think?
"Women are the real architects of society."