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Our Man in Montana: 1941

Our Man in Montana: 1941

August 1941. "Cowboy on a ranch horse in the corral at Quarter Circle U, Brewster-Arnold Ranch Company. Birney, Montana." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Have we seen him before? I seem to recall the incongruous cardigan sweater and straw hat. In any case, he seems perfectly at ease.

[He's also here and here. - Dave]

Not a Cowboy

Growing up in the 50's and watching every western movie and TV series created I consider myself an expert on real cowboys. The facts are as follows: No Stetson (sorry, straw hats won't cut it). No six-gun, no Winchester in scabbard, no vest, no chaps and really, a sweater? I'm embarrassed for him. I can't see his feet but I bet he's wearing penny loafers instead of boots. I could go on but I think I've made my case. I just hope Hoppy and Roy never saw this pic.

Where's the bling?

I'm a little disappointed he's not wearing a rhinestone suit. He'll never cut it in Nashville.

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