A smattering of images of cowgirls can be found via a quick peruse of the two large folders (containing hundreds of pictures) entitled “Cowboys and Western Life” in the SVA library Pictures Collection. There aren’t many, but they’re there - denim-clad, leaning on wooden fences, slinging pistols and rope, hair coiffed in “Mary Pickford curls”. An underrepresented feature of Western life, cowgirls are depicted differently than their “boy” counterparts in photographs and illustrations. While cowboys almost exclusively sport serious expressions - cowgirls are always shown beaming. Cowgirl life, the images suggest, is a real treat.
Also see our post on Cowboys.
Oct 16 2017