Cowboys and Indians.....big fun in the early 50's.

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Cowboys

Do you remember going to the movies to see Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the Lone Ranger, Rex Allen and others?  They were really big-time in small-town America.  Small-town America had no idea they were Class B movies and all that their little theaters could probably afford.

They were just Fun! Going to the movie on Saturday afternoon was the thing all kids looked forward to doing.  The serials that left us wondering how our heroine was going to get away from that buzz saw that she was strapped on a conveyor belt and heading toward occupied our thoughts all week.

In games we could be either cowboys or Indians.  This photo is priceless.  The boys are dressed to the hilt as cowboys. The youngest one maybe didn't know what an Indian or a cowboy was but his dad and mother did and dressed him to the hilt also.  In old photos the sepia toned ones are as good as the old black and white ones, don't you agree?

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Scott Barr
Pacific Sotheby's international Realty - Newport Beach, CA
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They just don't make them like they use to. Our society is too liberal.

Oct 18, 2008 02:05 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Scott Barr, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

Oct 18, 2008 02:24 AM #9
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Ludean

Yes, it was a packed.  We were lined up down the block on Spring St. waiting to get in.  I did a search for news of him awhile back.  He is deceased now.  James and I used to watch a t.v. western program on Sunday morning where he was the host. Good memories!!!

Oct 18, 2008 02:31 AM #10
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Mary Strang
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Those little boys must have had a great time playing cowboys, I have a few family photos from back then and it seems to have been very popular to dress up as cowboys and girls.

Oct 18, 2008 02:38 AM #11
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Cowboys were o.k. but my heroes were the G-Men and detectives in the B movies shown at the Plaza Theater.

Here's a little role play pic of my cousin, Barbara Cotton, and I in 1945. She must have been a villainous dame that got the draw on me.

Role Play

Barbara is holding my trusty hand gun which I always carried with me to the picture shows at the Plaza. Never knew when I might need it for the rats scurrying around my feet.

I think my favorite charactor was Charlie Chan. I always fortified my trip into celluloid land with a dime bag of Spanish peanuts hot from Sterling Five & Dime's machine. At that time, the Plaza didn't have popcorn or any other goodies. Later they brought boxes of popcorn from the Rialto.

A double feature probably cost a dime then. So for 20 cents, a guy could have a really good time.

Oct 18, 2008 03:52 AM #12
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Gary Woltal
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Barbara, you are taking me down memory lane with your photos. I think as a little boy I dressed up like this once upon a time.

Oct 18, 2008 04:08 AM #13
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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I don't think parents let kids play cowboys and Indians anymore -- it's probably too violent (hello? Grand Theft Auto, anyone?), and it discriminates. Of course, I was always the Indian.

elizabeth weintraub sacramento real estate agent in land park

Oct 18, 2008 04:19 AM #14
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Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
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What a cute photo.  Barbara, I wanted to be Annie Oakley so bad.  I loved her pig tails and her feisty attitude.  I found a framed signed photo of Gail Davis, who played Annie Oakley, at an auction.  It reminds me of my childhood.

Oct 18, 2008 04:28 AM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ludean, you and Jim have so much fun together.  I'm glad.

Mary, perhaps you can post one of those pictures for us!!

Don, those memories that you write about are so vivid.  You always put the memories into words in such a clear way.  I love your planning to shoot the rats at the Plaza (the cheap theater) with your play gun!  Thanks for picture and comment!

Gary, you would have made an excellent cowboy....you did it only once????

Elizabeth, when writing this blog I thought about the term Indian which has now become politically incorrect.  Hope the press doesn't notice and come down on me like they did Joe the Plumber  LOL

Mary, Annie Oakley was a neat person too.  I loved the movie.

Oct 18, 2008 04:44 AM #16
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Konnie Mac McCarthy
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my favorite was John Wayne... I forgot the name of my favorite movie...I think it was set in Ireland..... that and I loved Doris Day in Calamety Jane...did you ever see that movie

Oct 18, 2008 04:45 AM #17
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Paula Anne wants equal time in the gun slinging poses. I don't think she could make up her mind whether she wanted to be a princess or a cowgirl in this 1939 pose. What do you think?

Actually, Paula believes her head dress was supposed to be feathers So she was an Indian!

Gunslinger

For Konnie's (above comment) information, In 1952, Mr. Wayne showed off to best effect as the young Irish-American returned to Ireland in Mr. Ford's "The Quiet Man." It was a much-acclaimed film and is still a frequent feature on television.

Oct 18, 2008 05:01 AM #18
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, ask Paula Anne how come an Indian had a gun?  I think like you, she was a princess, but probably a devious one and grabbed some little boy's gun.  Looks like she may even have on some high heeled shoes????  LOL

Konnie Mac, I loved those movies too!  Upon Don's naming one "The Quiet Man" I think I'll order it from Netflix and watch it.

Oct 18, 2008 05:36 AM #19
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Charles Buell
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Barbara, how did you get that old picture of me and my brother? :)

Oct 18, 2008 06:07 AM #20
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Carol Culkin
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I could use one of those little cowboys to lasso up some buyers!

Oct 18, 2008 06:50 AM #21
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Debi Ernst
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Barbara - What an adorable picture!  Are these children relatives of yours?  :)

Oct 18, 2008 07:10 AM #22
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Charles, which one was you?  You were sure a cutie!!  Actually these boys are/were my nephews.  The smallest got killed in a car accident when he was a teenager.

Carol, you are SO creative.  That would be a good ad.  Every time I lasso a buyer, he/she seems to get loose.

Debi, nephews.  Thanks for adoring them!!

Oct 18, 2008 07:14 AM #23
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Steven L. Smith
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Barbara,

I saw a picture of myself the other day, a kid of course, wearing my Davy Crocket hat.

Oct 18, 2008 01:28 PM #24
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steven Smith, post it!!  It would be fun to see!

Oct 18, 2008 01:59 PM #25
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Steve Hoffacker
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Barbara,

And double features with a newsreel and Tom and Jerry cartoon. :)

Steve

Oct 19, 2008 01:13 PM #26
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steve Hoffacker, of course!  I must have failing memory.  The newsreels didn't do much for me but those cartoons were wonderful!  And double features would have been heaven because the theater itself was wonderful.  Remember how rowdy kids became when the boring love scenes came on??  LOL

Oct 19, 2008 01:30 PM #27
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