Much of early Americana has been destroyed and lost forever. But
occasionally, and almost miraculously, some parts of its survive.
So it is with the photographs in this book. Saved from an
ignominious end in the city dump, they chronicle and enliven the
cowboy's life on the range. The result is a beautiful volume of
real-life images of western cattlemen. These unretouched
photographs taken from the original 5" x 7" negatives give an
unprecedented look at life on the ranch and trail. We are presented
with real people seen on the job. We see the costumes, the work,
the everyday necessities of the range. And as the cowboys stare
back at the camera or work with one another, the reader will get
the sense of knowing them and their way of living. This is an
important volume of history that every student of the Old West will
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