Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Carl Marvin Bell Hat Shrine & Tom Mix And A Big Ol' Sugarloaf

 January 9, 2024

   Wrangling together all of our material for a cover story on this guy.

Tom Mix And A Big Ol' Sugarloaf

   And speaking of beloved headgear, as promised, here is my collection of Carl Marvin Bell's hats and caps in my studio:

Carl Marvin Bell Hat Shrine

   The hat at upper left along the railing is the hat Carl has at his feet in this photo:

Hats off to Carl Marvin Bell

   Meanwhile, back to Tom Mix Country, here is one of the last photos of Tom Mix, while he was on his cross country road trip in October of 1940.

Tom Mix With A Texas Lawman

   You can see the infamous Cord "death car" behind them.

   Meanwhile, on the 66 Kids front, I am working with Dan The Man on expanding a photo I have in my collection of the Flying A "Jugs Iced Free" billboard to make it into a doubletruck.

   I want to take this photo and then paint an add on to it so it becomes a Hilltop panorama, like this:

Daily Whip Out:
"Jugs Iced Free Billboard Panorama"

   Not happy with this, but then, Martha nails the dissatisfaction:

"No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

—Martha Graham


  1. Great pictures of Tom Mix that I haven't seen before, looking forward to the story! Also, any chance of doing a story about Fred Harman & Red Ryder in the future? Fred Harman has so many connections to Walt Disney, Daisy BB Guns, Buck Jones, and the Cowboy Artists of America...that's damn near a full issue of content right there. Just a thought.

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