Cowboy Hat History and a Few Friday Funnies

Roping a grey wolf. Everett Collection

Roping a grey wolf. Everett Collection

Will Rogers quotes swiped from www.truecowboy.com

There’s two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works.

 Never miss a good chance to shut up.

We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they now do.

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.

Diplomacy is the art of saying “Nice doggie” until you can find a rock.

An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.

If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

Chiricahua Apache

Chiricahua Apache

History of the hat:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stetson

http://bossoftheplains.blogspot.com/

Radio Lab interview with Jonnie Hughes author of The Origin of Teepees:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/boss-plains/

Books I’ve Known and Loved

My heart beats a little quicker for this extremely fun and informative gem, The Look of the Old West

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Lieutenant John Weldon in The House on Tenafly Road took his family to a western military outpost after the Civil War and this book helped make that possible. Scholarly research is a great thing but Foster Harris (whose writing style is so familiar you feel like you know him personally) brings the post-Civil War period alive with its mix of old and new, Confederate and Yankee, weapons and women.

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I love the idea that this book was written in 1955 and that Foster-Harris interviewed Civil War veterans and old cowboys. I imagine the wistful look the old men got in their eyes after such a fast paced and changing bunch of years.

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I loved this book so much I made William Weldon in my upcoming novel travel back west as a young man to do what young men did in the Wild West. Stay tuned.

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Hey, would you like a old western shirt? Check this out: http://vintrowear.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/get-your-old-west-on-real-cowboys-and-the-shirts-they-wore/