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The Cowboy Kid: 1952

The Cowboy Kid: 1952

"Floyd, Loren, Dottie & Boots at Folks -- Jan 20 1952." From the shores of Lake Wobegon comes this latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes. With Loren sporting six-gun sox. 35mm slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

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Not that sofa, even if it was likely 8-10 years old when the picture was taken. The tone on tone striped effect of its upholstery was by design, not from wear, and appears to be in great shape in this comfortably furnished upper midwestern living room.

The Belt

Why has no one mentioned Floyd's monogrammed belt buckle?

Boots Looks Smug

Which is altogether justified when one has the best fashion sense in the room.

Switch Plate Prevents 100% Euphoria Here

If only it had been mother-of-pearl pushbuttons! Everything else, clothing, accessories (that belt buckle, those socks, the decor, those cushions, the threadbare wear on the couch, that shirt ...

This is exactly what 1952 was like for those of us lucky enough to remember.

Bucket list

The bucket item is actually a handbag. My sister had one back in the day. The barkcloth pillows are worth a small fortune today and I wouldn't turn them down. One observation that I'm not sure about, considering my looks like Dottie has never shaved her legs. It was definitely in style to shave at this time, so I could be wrong.

Trick or Treat?

The orange bucket has nothing to do with Halloween. It's a yarn holder used for knitting or crocheting. The ball of yarn was dropped in the bucket and the free end was passed through the hole so Hubert's mom could fashion more questionable accessories for the home.

Loving hands at home

I'm guessing Dottie is responsible for the pillows and her dress. I think she may have made Floyd's pants and had just enough fabric left for a pair for Loren.

[As the caption indicates, they're not at home -- they're visiting Hubert's parents. - Dave]

On the playground

I'm thinking that kid got beat up a lot at school.

Is it Halloween?

I only ask because of the large black-and-orange bucket-like object next to Dottie and the dog.

It looks like one that my son had when he was a youngster.

[Thanks Horace and CarolMcC. Now I know. Clever contraption though - baxado]

Only one properly dressed

The dog!

A Riot of Color

So much going on, here, with colors and patterns and pillows piled up against the curtains! Let's not forget the lamp. It all goes together in a crazy way.

The Socks

Cowboy Socks!

Duking it out

Never before (and most likely since) have color and pattern so forcefully clashed.

Puppy Boomer

From the gray whiskers on the dog I'd guess the dog and the kid are the same age.

Cut from the same cloth

Floyd and Loren: The Men in the Gray Flannel Pants.

That shirt again!

I covet that green plaid shirt.

Also in 1952

I, too, was showing that the dapper cowboy look was the in thing that year.

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