The Old West in Pictures...

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Airbornemama, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Airbornemama

    Airbornemama Mama Loves You All Out There!...DA Admin. Staff Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    Here, there and everywhere!
    Death Valley
    In the 1870s, 20-mule team wagons began hauling borax across the Great Basin Desert to the nearest railroad...

    An Armed Escort
    Firearms Editor Phil Spangenberger found this cabinet photo in an antique shop in Randsburg, California, that borders the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where this photo was probably taken around 1900. These passengers must have been important because two mounted and armed guards are escorting the wagon through the mountain pass...

    The Bandit Queen
    Belle Starr of the Indian Territory was another lady attracted to outlaws. She consorted with some, including Cole Younger, and married others, Jim Reed and Sam Starr. This cabinet card of her on her horse dates to 1886, three years before she was mysteriously murdered...

    Black Elk and Elk
    Black Elk (far left) participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876 and at Wounded Knee in 1890. In between, he was a show Indian, also known as skate wicasa. He and Elk (left) performed for Queen Victoria at her Golden Jubilee in London, England, in 1887, while the Oglalas were on tour with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show...

    Bloody Bill Anderson
    This rare carte de visite of Bloody Bill Anderson, one of the Civil War’s bloodiest pro-Confederate leaders, was made from the photo found on Anderson’s body when he was killed by Union soldiers in 1864...

    Canyon de Chelly
    This 1904 orotone of Navajo riders crossing the desert in Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly is probably the best known of Edward Curtis’s photographs...

    Siringo & Sayers Pinkerton Cowboy Detectives
    In his book, A Cowboy Detective, Charles Siringo wrote about his adventures with W.O. Sayles. But Robert G. McCubbin, who owns the albumen print taken while the two Pinkerton detectives were on the trail of the Wild Bunch in 1899-1900, noticed that Siringo (right) had identified his partner (far right) as W.B. Sayers. Siringo changed the names of many people in his 1912 book to hide their identities...

    Quanah Parker—Comanche Chief
    The son of white captive Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah led his warriors in a fight against buffalo hunters who were intruding into Comanche territory. After the Battle of Adobe Walls, he continued his leadership. When he died in 1911, the chief left behind a proud people...

    Cowboys Bathing
    Cattle drives typically lasted three months, so cowboys often bathed at the end of the trail before heading into a cowtown to celebrate...

    Cowhide Cowboy
    Depending on their work environment, cowboys wore all types of chaps: shotgun, Texas wing, batwing. Most were made of cowhide, but in the colder North, many were made of sheepskin or goat hide, with the fur intact. This Caldwell, Kansas, cowboy must have modeled his cowhide chaps off those woollies...

    Custer’s Last Photograph
    A vain man, George Armstrong Custer posed for more than 150 photographs in his lifetime, including this last photo, taken of him two months before the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn that would end his life...

    Dashing Frontiersman Scout, Ranger or Pony Express Rider?
    The popularity of early photography’s daguerreotype declined when the less expensive ambrotype, an image on a glass plate, became available in the 1850s. We don’t know the identity of the man in this ambrotype, but his is one of the most interesting portraits from the American West...

    In Greenwood County, Kansas, these emigrants stop to eat lunch next to their wagon...

    Everyday Cowboy
    Want to know what a typical frontier cowboy looked like? This cowboy fits the description (at least the top half!) given in an 1871 Kansas newspaper: “His dress consists of a flannel shirt with a handkerchief encircling his neck, butternut pants and a pair of long boots, in which are always the legs of his pants. His head is covered by a sombrero, which is a Mexican hat with a high crown and a brim of enormous dimensions.”...
  2. Akasha35

    Akasha35 Death Head

    Sep 6, 2017
    Im my own BOSS
    That was some hard fucking living! And short life expectancy...crazy to see what it was compared to what it is now...I bet the serial killers in those days were fucking prolific! Amazing hunting grounds without ever being caught
  3. LadeeV

    LadeeV Death Addict VIP

    Jul 3, 2016
    These historical photographs are amazing! [​IMG]
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  4. Bambii

    Bambii Drawing Blood

    Apr 4, 2018
    Love this post, thanks!
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  5. NotSureWhy

    NotSureWhy Death Addict

    Apr 7, 2018
    Great set!
    Yeah hard living, one good thing though, there was no Social Media :p
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  6. Mr Mechanic

    Mr Mechanic Death Head

    Jun 1, 2018

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