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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Pie Town Rodeo: 1940

Pie Town Rodeo: 1940

Sept. 1940. Pie Town, New Mexico. "Tying a ribbon on a calf's tail was one of the feature attractions at the Pie Town Fair rodeo." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

I'm lovin' it

I love Russell Lee's photos and especially from Pie Town. I'd like to visit this town if I had possibility. I know he had a lot of pictures from that place, please publish them!

[Click the "Pie Town" tag above the photo. - Dave]

Cowboys

I like how this guy on the left seems so manly -- I like it really anytime someone from the past lives up to our crazy expectations that we probably got from movies.

Calm calf

If I tried to tie a ribbon around my dog's tail there'd be hell to pay. That calf must have resigned itself to the fact that humans are crazy.

Who cares? Well...

[xx]-Years-Ago-But-Could-Have-Been-Taken-Today is one of my favorite sub-genres of Shorpy photos, On Vacation individual.

Just imagine

If that calf is still alive today it would only be a few months over 70 years old.

Is it chemistry or is it digital magic?

Having just gone through a set of color photos I took in 1970, now dim and beige, I am again impressed with how terrific early Kodachrome looks on Shorpy. Is this Dave's digital magic, or was the process actually more stable early on? Or maybe the government took extraordinary care in storing these treasures - though I doubt that.

[Kodachromes are rather famous for color stability. Ektachromes and Anscochromes, on the other hand, are noted for reddish or purplish color shifts over time. Prints, as opposed to transparencies, will also likely change color over time. - Dave]

Cowboy Style

The cowboy hats, the boots, the shirts and jeans--all the same--whether this picture was taken yesterday or 70 years ago from yesterday. Very nice and comforting.

Are you on vacation?

I've been with you since the very beginning and this is the first time I have to question what you were thinking...I mean really....who cares? The calf?

The cowboy on the left

is hot!

An unchange of clothes

I think the combination of color and the fact that "cowboy" attire has changed little over the last 80 years makes this photo seem like it was taken recently.

Shorpy, I can't quit you.

Every day is another surprise!

Like Yesterday

This photo could have easily been taken yesterday or 70 years ago.

Kodachrome

The color here blows my mind. It looks like something taken yesterday. Its sometimes hard to realize history was as colorful as it is today.

Dah dum dah dum

Cue the music from the "Marlboro Man" commercials.

 
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