TWO BOYS RIDING BIG HORSES : WESTERN TOWN : DIRT STREETS : RPPC : (1904-1918)

Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. This real photo postcard is quite interesting. The boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors. (SOLD)

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PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN AND HER BEAUTIFUL WHITE HORSE

This vintage real photo postcard features a pretty long haired young woman posing with a beautiful white horse. Bothe the woman and the horse are very expressive. The postcard was published by LWA as part of a series (No. V/3). (SOLD)

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A MAN AND HIS HORSE AND WAGON (VINTAGE OCCUPATIONAL REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features a man and his horse and his partially covered wagon. Judging by the man’s clothing; he is a working man. Perhaps he is a delivery man of some sort. He is wearing a white shirt, bow tie and smock. I believe that he is wearing long heavy gloves. The gloves probably pertain to his occupation. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that when it was published, the postcard postal rate was 1 cent. The one cent rate was in effect until World War I when it was raised to 2 cents on a temporary basis (1917-1919). The rate was again raised between 1925 and 1928. The rate became permanently two cents in 1951. As a result, the stamp box in this case, is not helpful in establishing the date that this postcard was produced. However, the style of the front of this postcard indicates that it was produced not long after the 1900’s or 1910’s. This postcard certainly documents history. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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GROUP OF HORSEBACK RIDERS IN HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS (VINTAGE REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage lithographic postcard features a portrait of a group of nine horseback riders in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Note that the three women in the photograph are riding side saddle. The caption boasts that riders can ride horses every day in Hot Springs. Hot Springs was known for its bathhouses and hotels. Visitors flocked there to relax and improve their health. In addition, during the early twentieth century, Hot Springs was the site for many baseball training camps. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were among the teams that made Hot Springs their training site. Babe Ruth walked the streets of the town and frequented the bath spas and gambled at the local horse racing track. This postcard was published by Charles Cutter who operated his company in Hot Springs. The postcard was likely published around 1909. The postcard is addressed to someone in Wisconsin and the message indicates that the sender is in the photograph and it was taken about twenty years before the postcard was sent. 

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TWO RIDERS ON HORSEBACK : OLD TOOLS : RANCH HANDS : PROSPECTORS :RPPC (1907-1914)

This vintage real photo postcard features two men on horseback. They are carrying tools. The tools appear to be shovels or spades. One rider has coiled rope hanging from his saddle. Is it a lasso. Are these men cowboys? Prospectors? Ranch hands? This postcard has a Velox stamp box indicating it dates back to sometime between 1907 and 1914. The card has a difficult to detect crease in it’s lower left hand corner. Overall, this postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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THE ROBERTS BROTHERS RIDE INTO TOWN BRINGING THEIR SPECIAL BRAND OF LAWLESSNESS

Look who’s riding into town! Its the Roberts brothers. Someone better go get the sheriff. George and Paul Roberts are spoken about in the same conversations that occur about such criminal brothers as Jesse and Frank James, and Jim, Cole, John, and Bob Younger. This vintage real photo postcard featuring the Roberts brothers, shows them with their “game face” on. They may be small in stature but they were scary dudes. Enough with the horse s**t. This real photo postcard is actually quite interesting. These boys look comfortable on their horses. The kids are on large horses, not small ponies reserved for inexperienced child riders.They appear to know what they are doing. One of the boys has a whip. No cowboy hats for these guys. One is wearing a wide brim bowler while the other is sporting a cap. Note the dirt streets. The town may actually be a frontier town in the “old west”. Also take notice of the boy standing on the sidewalk. He seems truly interested in the horseback riders, or perhaps, the photographer. The young bystander is wearing knickers. The AZO stamp box on this postcard reveals that it was likely published sometime between 1904 and 1918. The cameraman was a studio photographer who was willing to take difficult photographs in the outdoors. This vintage real photo postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

 

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR MEN MAKING HAY AND LOADING IT ON THEIR HORSE DRAWN WAGON

This vintage real photo postcard features four hard working men gathering hay and loading their horse drawn wagon. The wagon is chock full of hay. It is hard to imagine that the wagon can fit much more hay. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the card was published sometime between 1904 and 1918. This occupational postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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WOMAN IN OLD WEST CLOTHING SITTING SIDE SADDLE ON A STUFFED HORSE: BOYFRIEND OFFERS MORAL SUPPORT

A young woman sits side saddle on a small horse, or donkey, as her boyfriend, or husband provides moral support. The horse has appaloosa type coloring. The woman is wearing a fringed western dress and a nice smile. The gentleman is wearing a suit accessorized with a bow tie and a bowler hat. This vintage real photo postcard is from a private studio; not mass produced. The postcard was published sometime between 1904 and 1918.

 

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ELDERLY WOMAN WEARING MOURNING DRESS IN EDMONTON, CANADA

This carte de visite portrait features an aged woman wearing mourning clothes. Her black dress, black hat, and sad expression, all suggest that she has suffered a recent loss. Her left hand is placed on a book atop a small table. The book is likely a bible. The photographer of this cdv photograph is J. R. Bentley. He operated a studio in Edmonton, Canada. Research found an ad in “The Photographic News” (1893) in which Bentley advertises the sale of his studio. It is very interesting to note that the advertising on the reverse of this CDV refers to Bentley as a “Portrait, Landscape, & Equestrian Photographer”. I do not remember ever seeing a early photographer refer to himself as a “Equestrian” photographer. I wonder if Mr. Bentley took photos of individual horses, or if he photographed individuals sitting on horses. I hope someday I locate one of Bentley’s equestrian photographs.

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PROSPECTORS ON HORSEBACK: COWBOYS FEELING VERY AT HOME ON THE RANGE

This vintage real photo postcard features two riders on horseback. Who are these cowboys? They may be cowpokes, ranch hands, or prospectors. They are equipped with some tools of their trade. One rider has a shovel and a rope, while the other cowboy has a rope and an unidentifiable tool.  The men are riding in the brush. This is not a studio photograph. These wranglers appear to be the real thing. The velox stamp box on this postcard indicates that this photo was taken sometime between 1907 and 1917.

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