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Mountain Men: 1964

Mountain Men: 1964

Looks like Western Day at a school in Phoenix, Arizona with the Bill Williams Mountain Men. On the back is stamped "Earl's Camera Shop, 1616 E. Camelback, Phoenix, Ariz. 85016, 3/13/64." 8x10 from an estate sale in an older neighborhood in Phoenix. Any Shorpyites recognize the record album the girl in the upper left is holding? I can make out Sammy Davis Jr. and Ray Charles. Check out the outfit the boy (4th from left, front row) is wearing. View full size.

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Doggone it!

I had my mind all made up to be an astronaut, but now I'm not sure I wouldn't rather be a mountain man!

Real Fur

Pretty much all the re-enactors I know are very particular about authenticity. Guys portraying mountain men would most certainly have real beards, and genuine fur hats, and real buckskin, etc. There's a ton of peer pressure for everything to be authentic to the period being portrayed. My son bought a genuine fox head pelt at the Fort Massac encampment near Metropolis, Illinois. He loved it, and as a bonus (in his mind) it creeped his sisters out.


Yes, I like the outfit on the 'class clown' you mentioned, lower left. I also love the expression on the lil cow poke just to the right of that record album. There's a devilish glint in them thar eyes!

The cigar chompin mountain man looks a little like Alan Hale. There's a boy, mid right side that reminds me of David Nelson. And I just love the cowboy accountant seated in front of him.

Visiting the Kids

The March 4, 1964 "Arizona Republic" (10 days before the picture's date) tells us that the BWMM were just then taking off for their horseback journey to Phoenix in unusually cold weather, and that a destination for March 14th was to "meet the children in Good Samaritan Hospital" -- the previous day's activity being likewise at Children's Hospital.

Hairy Situation

For whatever reason, every single adult male in the photo has facial hair, and I'll bet 10c it was real then, not some fake whiskers.

Doesn't appear any of the women have much facial hair, but I'm still inspecting.

And, we'll also wager the men wearing fox heads as part of their caps got them from real foxes, too, not some plastic look-alike that we'd wear today.

Very interesting picture.

Album front

We had an album with this on the back cover, but I just can't remember what was on the front.

For the Record

The album shows the back cover of a Design "Spotlight Series" LP. The titles ("Spotlight on Ray Charles," etc.) came in mono and stereo. Click to enlarge.

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