Sunday, August 07, 2022

Coming Across Mrs. Mountain Charlie

 August 7, 2022

   Leave it to Jana to find some crazy, amazing stories for our book. Cathay Williams is one of them. In November of 1866 she enlisted in the 38th U.S. Infantry, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers, under the name William Cathay. She successfully passed as a man and became a cook stationed in New Mexico Territory. The ruse lasted almost two years and even though she was hospitalized several times, she was not found out until, many years later, when she tried to collect her pension. Oh, boy. She remains today the only known female Buffalo Soldier!

Daily Whip Out:

"Cathay Williams Rides As William Cathay"

   Cathay is not alone.

"I knew how great are the prejudices to be overcome by any young woman who seeks to earn an honest livelihood by her own exertions. I buried my sex in my heart and roughened the surface so that the grave would not be discovered...." 

—Elsa Jane Guerin, who successfully passed herself off as "Mountain Charlie"

Daily Whip Out:

"Mrs. Mountain Charlie"

   There are other examples, most notably, Calamity Jane, and there's even a stage robber who had a gang who thought their leader was a man.

Daily Whip Out: "Flora Quick"

"I do not wish women to have power over men: but over themselves."

—Mary Wollstonecraft

Friday, August 05, 2022

Crunch Time Advice From The Queen of Country Swing

 August 5, 2022

   I have spent a lifetime living under the yoke of a deadline. As onerous as it can sometimes be, the Old Vaqueros are fond of saying: "If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done." And, here we are, at the last minute on the Women's book project. Not to bore you with publishing horror stories but, if you haven't heard, there is currently a shortage of paper. Many newspapers have gone out of business (2,600 by one account with more on the way) and this is impacting printers who are turning away from print publications as a source of revenue and many are pivoting towards making boxes for Amazon. 

   Oh, boy, what could go wrong there?

    Consequently, when we contacted our printer a month ago to book printing time for the women's book, we got the unsettling news that we could not even get in line until we handed over the finished files and even then they can't insure a finished date of November 4!

   In the old days (two years ago) all you needed was a verbal agreement and a 30-day-turn-around, from files to a finished book delivered to your door.

   So, our original deadline of finishing the book got moved up from September 15 to August 15. That is some crazy pressure. So, what's a poor boy to do, 'cept to play for a rock 'n' roll band?

Sage Advice From

The Queen of Country Swing

"Relax. Trust the process. Enjoy the ride."

—Honkytonk Sue

   Thanks Sue! And, it helps to know we are all from a long line of stubborn stock.

Daily Whip Out: "Fierce & Determined"

Full Speed Ahead

   Here's the latest ad that Rebecca Edwards cooked up this morning. Got a typo, but we'll fix that.

"Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost."

—Khalil Gibran

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Fierce & Determined :The Kindest Words of All

 August 4, 2022

   Still rounding up strays. Needed these two and thanks to my curator, Kristi, I found them upstairs in my studio.

Daily Whip Out: "Teresita"

Daily Whip Out: "Fierce & Determined"


I also refound these feisty women.

Daily Scratchboard Whip Outs:
"A Line of Feisty Females"

   And this dangerous spy for Zapata and Pancho Villa.

Daily Whip Out: "Helene Pontipirani"

   Getting closer to the finish.

From Uncle Russ

A poem by Danusha Laméris on the value of small kindnesses: "I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.

   "And sometimes, when you spill lemons from your grocery bag, someone else will help you pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.

   "We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot, and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of chili, and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.

   "We have so little of each other, now. So far from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here, have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,”. . .or, my favorite: 

“I like your hat.”
—The kindest words of all

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

The Guacamuggie Thunderhead Season & Whole Lotta Quad

 August 3, 2022

   You know it's August on the great Sonoran Desert when we start getting the big Guacamuggy Thunderhead cloud buildup every afternoon.

Guacamuggy Thunderhead Number 1

Guacamuggy Thunderhead Number 2

   Still noodling concepts for the Phippen art show in November. Here is Dan's first pass:

   Good concept but that painting is not in the book or the show. Ha.

   Perhaps we go with the Whole Lotta Love angle:

Whole Lotta Quad

    Or, maybe this would make a nice centerpiece to advertise the show.

Daily Whip Out: "Adelita"

   Or, maybe we lead with a certain cowgirl I used to know:

Sage Advice From The Queen of Country Swing:

"Remember girls, unless he's wearing a diaper, you can't change him."

—Honkytonk Sue

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Harvey Girls Extraordinaire Plus Babes In Bozeland

 August 2, 2022

   If you traveled out West by train in the 1880s up thru the 1950s you were bound to encounter some very pretty waitresses thanks to a guy name Fred Harvey.

Daily Whip Out:

"Harvey Girl Extraordinaire"

   Fred opened a series of eating houses along the Santa Fe Railroad that evolved into America's first restaurant chain, the Harvey Houses. He introduced the Harvey Girls in 1883 after being unsatisfied with male waiters. The women were trained to be well-mannered, neat in appearance and they had to have at least an eighth grade education. They worked 12-hour shifts six days a week, lived in dormitories with house matrons and curfews, and signed six-month contracts that demanded they remain unmarried. Over 100,000 women hired on and many met their future husbands waiting tables. One report says over 50,000 of them married Western men. We, the sons of Western women, thank you Fred Harvey!

"Welcome to Harvey House.
Wanna get married?"


   Speaking of talented mothers, someone asked me if I used to front an all girl band called The Three Bs Band.

BBBBabes On Bozestand

   Not really, but those girls could rock. Here they are belting out "Wooly Bully."

"Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro. . ."

—Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs

Monday, August 01, 2022

The Power of Words Empower Women

 August 1, 2022

   Turning the last corner towards the home stretch.

   One person who has been actively watching us create the forthcoming book, "Hellraisers & Trailblazers: The Real Women of The Wild West" is Lynda Sanchez of Lincoln, New Mexico. Jana and I both asked if she might write a blurb for the book and she turned this copy in in a matter of minutes:

"Both Bob and Jana have combined their artistic and authors’ talents to create a classic about the stalwart, gutsy, clever, beautiful, enduring women who helped give birth to a nation and a region—the Wild West. The historic images are enhanced by Bob’s art and imagination; the journalistic quality of both permeates the book and opens up the many shades of Real Women of the Wild West! As they overcame hypocrisy, women gained more power until finally men saw the light and began to open up their world to women who knew what they wanted: freedom,
land, jobs that they knew they could handle if given the chance. Once that bridge was created,  women of the west would not be stopped."

—Lynda A. Sanchez, Author/Historian and full time hell raiser (just ask the political saps in Santa Fe who have neglected two of the Southwest's finest historic sites)

"I do not wish women to have power over men: but over themselves."

—Mary Wollstronecraft (1790-1828)