The showy West in Moline, 1912

By: usermattw

Mar 11 2014

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Category: Men


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What it is:

Two real photo post cards, each measuring just under 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

What I know about it:

On the back of the right-hand photo is written Moline, Ill / 1912.   The paper manufacturer’s markings (AZO, four triangles pointing up) indicate a date range of 1904-1918, which helps confirm the handwritten date of 1912.


These were in the box of photos I just rediscovered.  It took a bit of comparing to decide that they are two different men.  Perhaps they are brothers?  But they are dressed identically.  Not only that, their neckerchiefs are a bit showy, and their guns don’t look especially threatening.  So I’m guessing that they might be part of some sort of entertainment.  Perhaps a rodeo, or a traveling Wild West show, or some other sort of employer that requires slightly flamboyant themed uniforms?  Or who knows, maybe that’s just how folks rolled in Moline a century ago.

6 comments on “The showy West in Moline, 1912”

  1. Hi Matt. Could it be that the studio would just offer this outfit to customers? I do know that I will be on the lookout for a similar outfit. I already have a gun.

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