March 20, 2023
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
A Mexican Standoff
A rare 1911 photo of El Paso, Texas residents, watching Pancho Villa's men watering their horses on the other side of the Rio Grande River. Note the two armed U.S. soldiers. You can see what appears to be the Villa column against the bluff, at upper right. A great photo of intrigue, and—ahem—a real Mexican standoff between the two countries, and a portent of things to come, that continue to this very day.
I Can See By Your Outfit You Are From Sweden?
Rasmus Holmberg (below, right) and his Swedish cowboy compadre, Tommy Johansson, visited me at the old True West World Headquarters in 2016.
Turns out Rasmus Holmberg is quite good at colorizing old photographs, like this one of a Texas Rangers Frontier Battalion.
And here's another one.
We are going to feature some of Rasmus's fine work in our True West Moments which run in the Tombstone Epitaph every month.
"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth."