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Dude Girl: 1941

Dude Girl: 1941

August 1941. "Dude girl with two cowboys at a Saturday night dance in Birney, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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[Next to the SPELLCHECK MANDATORY sign. - Dave]

What a smile!

I wonder what happened to that pretty girl with the pretty smile, and if she ended up married to a Cowboy.

AMATEUR NIGHT OUT - All dressed up

These young fellows seem to be awkwardly concentrating on looking "manly," studiously handling their Lucky Strikes to impress the gal who has been more likely charmed by one of our favorite photographers. The fellow on the right has probably just had a fine haircut for the occasion with the other seeming to be sporting a hairpiece?

Romance on the horizon

Be careful. I think the guy on your right is the man your mother warned you about.

Dude ranches were the rage as noted by the number of movies featuring singing cowboys and wives waiting to undo the knot. Birney seems an unlikely choice. Located 65 miles East of Crow Agency, Birney and the Quarter Circle U (according to Rand McNally directions), is reached by a series of unnamed and partially unpaved roads.

Here is Birney in its heyday with additional photos (from the same photo shoot) and a good write-up of the problems that forced many of them out of business.

Dude looks like a lady

Wow! To use the parlance of those days, what a tomato!

However, if she were my daughter I sure wouldn´t like the way that fellow toking on the smoke is looking at her.

Like Cooke's Cookie

The next year, young English journalist Alistair Cooke was driving through Montana on the cross-country journey that would eventually become the subject of his book "The American Home Front, 1941-1942." In describing his journey through this part of the state, he wrote, "in the first year of the American war, and at harvest time thereafter, across many different landscapes, the American woman became a peasant - a peasant I noticed elsewhere with a tan and a high hairdo, and often with scarlet nails, ready for an evening of jitterbugging with the resident soldiery."

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