Monday, February 22, 2021

READERS WEEK: A bit of lost history captured by Kodak...

Thanks to John P for sending me the pics and text below of bygone American days . . . 

Thanks John.

A bit of lost history captured by Kodak...


Cowboys around the Hoodlum Wagon, Spur Ranch, Texas , 1910
Additional comment:
When a single chuck wagon could not carry all of the outfit’s gear, ranches added a second wagon, known as a ‘bed wagon’ or ‘hoodlum wagon’. Generally they were lighter than the standard chuck wagon, and also carried extra wood, water and cooking equipment. Two-wheeled hoodlum wagons, pulled behind the chuck wagon, came to be known as ‘trail pups’.


Judging by the saddle style, this unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or 1880s. 
In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he has looped his left arm around a Winchester model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. 
On the back of the photo is the light pencil inscription "Indian fighter."

Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 1888

Thankful someone took the time to photograph this type of beauty - April 1937. 
Buttermilk Junction, Martin County , IN.

1887 – West Center Street, Anaheim, California 


In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California  
That is a huge running crack in the ground. 
Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the boards can be delivered. 

This is what real cowboys looked like in 1887. 
Not as fancy as on TV, huh!

Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. 
They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. 
This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.

This moose team belonged to W.R. (Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. 
They were found by a Metis near Baptiste Lake in 1910 and were 
reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca Landing 
during the winter of 1910. 
Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.

In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service. 



Lulu Parr – 
Her skill with the gun caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. 
She left that show but came back in 1911. 
By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill's show. 
Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu's willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled Colt single-action revolver, engraved with 
"Buffalo Bill Cody to Lulu Parr—1911." 
View from the driver's seat of a 40 mule team. 
These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, CA and then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing. 

Hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.

Omaha Board of Trade in Mountains near Deadwood, SD April 26, 1889. 
It was created in 1889 by Grabill, John C. H., photographer. 
The picture presents procession of stagecoaches loaded 
with passengers coming down a mountain road


A stunning photograph from 1862. 
The image shows a horse-drawn Civil War ambulance crew 
removing the wounded from a battlefield.


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