Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Frontier Day, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Bunch
I almost forgot I had this one. It's been sitting in my files for at least six months, probably longer. The fact is I put up lots of postcards, printed in ink and clearly not photographs, on this blog. But, I do try and limit them to ones that I have a reasonable belief were originally photographs. To make a long story short, I've gone back and forth on this one. Did this image start life as a photograph, or is it pure illustration. In the end, the detail in the viewing stands, the clear separation of people in the crowd, an unnecessary bit of work that most commercial illustrators wouldn't have bothered with, tipped me towards photograph.
This card was mailed. It was addressed to "Frank A. Brewer, 165 Nebraska St., Painesville, O." The message, "3-22-13 Bro. Frank, We are having a fine trip. Spent about 2 hrs in Cheyenne yesterday and went to the state capitol. Saw a cowboy. Will be in Ogden in a few minutes. The Bunch" The postmark is too faded to read.
Printed by The H. H. Tammen and Curio Company of Denver, Colorado. They were in business from 1896 to 1953.
For more postcards from the well traveled Brewer family, click Brewer in the labels section.