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Fiddling With Bias: 1939

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

February 1939. "Mr. Bias, former cowboy, now travels around the country in a trailer. Has private income. Weslaco, Texas." What does Mr. Bias play? Why, he plays favorites! Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Admin. View full size.


High heels

Those look like Cuban or Riding heels, more commonly seen on cowboy boots. the function is to stop the foot from slipping through the stirrup in case of unplanned dismount. Not so easy to walk with.
Cuban heels can also be seen on Beatle boots and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Heels to boot

Those don't look like normal heels that belong on shoes. They appear to be the heels of cowboy boots: appearance, height, shape, forward slant.

I spy

Looks like a guitar case under his bunk.

High Rise

Mr Bias' beat up footwear appear to be what were known as "Elevator Shoes". Check out the height of those heels

ebay heaven.

Everything in this photo from the Trailer right down to his socks would be of interest to collectors.

A Real Cowboy

How can you tell? An almost complete lack of anything plastic in his humble mobile abode, except that kewpie doll maybe.

I would sure like to see the outside of the trailer or know what its locomotion was.

His Favorites

start with Bob Wills! No doubt about it.

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