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Wisdom, Montana: 1942
April 1942. Baker's Garage in Wisdom, Montana. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the ... inhabitants eventually changed the name to "Boredom, Montana." Towns like this Towns like this are a staple of western North ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 10:09pm -

Wisdom, Montana: 1942

Montana Cowboys: 1939
June 1939. Big Horn County, Montana. "Cowhands singing after day's work. Quarter Circle U Ranch roundup." ... for the excellent photos, Dave. Boone H Roundup, Montana (The Gallery, A. Rothstein, Camping, Music, Rural America) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/09/2018 - 11:24am -

Montana Cowboys: 1939

Battleship: 1940
... funnels. Bare Knuckle Bout Watch your step. Montana peak Note the campaign hats shown being worn by some of these Kiwi ... kind of hat with that crown configuration -- the so-called Montana peak. The US Army abandoned the hat shortly after we entered WWII, for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/16/2013 - 11:06pm -

Battleship: 1940

Mouat Mine, Montana: 1942
August 1942. Stillwater County, Montana. "Development at the site of the mill for the Mouat Chromite mine. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 6:38pm -

Mouat Mine, Montana: 1942

Our Man in Montana: 1941
... Quarter Circle U, Brewster-Arnold Ranch Company. Birney, Montana." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/20/2017 - 10:56am -

Our Man in Montana: 1941

Butte, Montana: 1942
October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot. Butte, Montana." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 4:42pm -

Butte, Montana: 1942

Vacation Wagon: 1964
... ago. Everyone buckled in? Let's go! "Great Falls, Montana. Return after 3 wks Vacation. June 27, 1964." This Kodachrome is from a ... other. Memories of summer trips We also lived in Montana back then, and our family truckster in the 1960s was a 1963 Rambler ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/30/2018 - 12:29pm -

Vacation Wagon: 1964

Big Sky: 1942
Butte, Montana, in September 1942. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Office ... and much of it is familiar. The closest I've ever been to Montana was the license plate on a rented car in California. I'm hoping our ... pictures of the area I am describing? Seeing Butte, Montana To see Butte you have to want to see it as the city is located, for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/27/2014 - 9:49am -

Big Sky: 1942

All Hat: 1939
June 1939. Birney, Montana. "Dude playing a slot machine." Medium format negative by Arthur ... meant dude as in a dude ranch, not as in "duuude." Montana Slim Our photo subject has a 31-inch waist. Levi's 501s ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/17/2017 - 10:35pm -

All Hat: 1939

Yesterday's News: 1940
... including dishwasher in several roadhouses, cowpuncher in Montana, payroll clerk at a mining camp in Death Valley, and band leader at a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/28/2018 - 8:56am -

Yesterday's News: 1940

Holy Roller: 1920
... Car. Gospel Car to Make Long Tour Billings (Montana) Gazette. May 9, 1920. GOSPEL CAR ON TRUCK WILL MAKE LONG TOUR ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/09/2018 - 5:08pm -

Holy Roller: 1920

Beer Belle: 1939
June 1939. "Dudes at bar. Birney, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm ... 4 p.m. (according to the clock on the shelf) since June in Montana can be pretty hot and we only go around once in life. Why wait until 5 ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/06/2018 - 3:10pm -

Beer Belle: 1939

Rosebudweiser: 1939
June 1939. "Bartender in Birney, Rosebud County, Montana." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2018 - 12:23pm -

Rosebudweiser: 1939

Cam Ham: 1937
... one of the grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Baker. He lives in Montana. I talked to his wife. The family recently discovered this photo, plus ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2018 - 12:02am -

Cam Ham: 1937

Topper in the Beets: 1915
... How to Top a Beet Montana State College wanted you to know how , in English, Spanish, and ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/03/2016 - 7:26pm -

Topper in the Beets: 1915

On the Range: 1942
... with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range, Madison County, Montana." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee. View full size. ... Tipster: have you ever been in the high country of Montana early in the day? You'd best have a pretty good coat available; ... Shepherd or Sheep Herder Don't ask me why but out Montana/Idaho way, all the locals call them "sheep herders" not "shepherds." ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/07/2017 - 11:17am -

On the Range: 1942

Ghost House: 1939
... mine owners built substantial homes in ghost town of Pony, Montana." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/22/2018 - 11:04am -

Ghost House: 1939

Never Excelled: 1939
June 1939. "Old livery stable in Virginia City, Montana." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2018 - 9:56am -

Never Excelled: 1939

The Old Hard Shoe: 1939
... "Ruins of blacksmith shop. Virginia City, Madison County, Montana." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. ... [The Ponderosa was big, but it was a far piece from Montana. -tterrace] It's a joke! The town blacksmith was John P ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/07/2017 - 7:07pm -

The Old Hard Shoe: 1939

Last Chance Texaco: 1937
... extending out of North Dakota up into Canada and West into Montana. Extreme shortage of labor. Grounding Nowadays, primary ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 1:36pm -

Last Chance Texaco: 1937

Cocktail Cowboys: 1939
June 1939. "Dudes in town. Billings, Montana." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement ... seriously by hard-working, clod-busting, cattle-driving Montana cowboys. Incidentally, when I was a kid growing up in industrial Connecticut, a friend of mine had a theory that Montana was a fictional place, like Atlantis or Brigadoon, since NONE of our ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2010 - 4:11pm -

Cocktail Cowboys: 1939

What a Dump: 1942
October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot in Butte, Montana." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War ... cemetary, and Trevillion (memorials) is still there across Montana. This lot would be along the old tracks, probably where the fire ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/30/2012 - 4:49pm -

What a Dump: 1942

Adrianne: 1939
... days with Mr. and Mrs. Torrey Johnson on their ranch in Montana. Mrs. Johnson was formerly Miss Adrienne Henderson, daughter of Dr. ... arrived at "New Chicago" south of present day Drummond, Montana circa 1871-1873...moved to present day Big Horn , Wyoming in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/25/2009 - 2:49am -

Adrianne: 1939

The Singing Cowboys: 1939
June 1939. Big Horn County, Montana. "Cowhands singing after day's work. Quarter Circle U Ranch roundup." ... article with more photos and history of this and other Montana ranches. (The Gallery, A. Rothstein, Camping, Frontier Life) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/09/2018 - 11:24am -

The Singing Cowboys: 1939

Dairy Queen: 1977
... of my first trip to the United States to Glasgow, Montana, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in the 1950s, long before Dairy Queen ... 
 
Posted by rizzman1953 - 05/12/2012 - 2:33pm -

Dairy Queen: 1977

Butte Parade: 1939
Summer 1939. Butte, Montana. "High school band parading up Montana street." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein ... This photograph was taken on Main Street in Butte--not Montana Street. The Rialto, Chequamegon Cafe, Ley's Jewelers and the M&M ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/14/2008 - 3:29am -

Butte Parade: 1939

Collectibles: 1942
October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot. Butte, Montana." Where this kind of stuff ended up in the olden days, back before they ... witch of the east melting under the old mattress. The Montana license plate from 1938 is possibly quite rare since how many vehicles ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 4:36pm -

Collectibles: 1942

Shoulda Been a Cowgirl: 1941
... U Ranch at Crow Indian fair. Crow Agency, Big Horn County, Montana." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security ... before the storm A relaxing summer day on a ranch in Montana, but this atmosphere would evaporate in three months -- as would the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 03/04/2018 - 8:54pm -

Shoulda Been a Cowgirl: 1941

Pony Mart: 1939
June 1939. "General store in Pony, Montana." Back when the brands on stallions, bulls and heifers migrated to the ... gas at 25 cents a gallon. The current cost of gas in Montana, at roughly $2.50, converted to 1939 dollars, is 14 cents. Factor in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/08/2017 - 11:19am -

Pony Mart: 1939

Bell, Bark and Saddle: 1939
... to mess hall. Quarter Circle U Ranch, Big Horn County, Montana." Medium format negative by Arfer Ruffstein. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/02/2018 - 10:50pm -

Bell, Bark and Saddle: 1939
 
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