Thursday, November 16, 2017

Scarves

I was a bit surprised to find this staircase in the National Cowgirl Museum decorated with framed
Hermes scarves. My knowledge of Hermes scarves is limited to the fact that I knew they were French...and quite expensive. So, I was happy to read the company's history.
You may click on item to enlarge.
Our docent told us that Hermes has one U.S. designer and that person is from Texas.

I did some research on this guy, found it astounding...and was saddened by the tragedy in his life. You may want to read an article written in 2012 about him Yes, he really is a retired  postman in a small town south of Ft. Worth. Go: HERE

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Unbridled

Fooled you! If you have been with me for the last three posts, you know that I have been sharing exhibits from the National Cowgirl Museum located in Fort Worth, Texas. 
So, in all honestly this should be part IV.
The museum does have what they call a Flux Space where they have temporary exhibits.
They are currently exhibiting photography by Constance Jaeggi

Constance hails from Switzerland, but chose to come to Ft. Worth to attend Texas Christian University, where she could complete her studies while  honing her cutting horse skills.
After years of traveling around with her horse, and collecting sizable prize money and trophies, she became interested in photography.
Constance, who has now completed studies at The New York Film Academy, lives on a central Texas ranch. Shown here at her studio where she does indoor horse photography.

For more about her work, go: HERE

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cowgirls part lll

The name that comes to my mind when I think of women in a Wild West Show
would be the famous Annie Oakley. Annie was born Phoebe Moses to a poor family in rural Ohio and learned to shoot at an early age hunting with her father.
 She was such a good shot, that she hunted  game and sold it to the local grocery to help support her family after both her father and step-father died.
She was discovered by Frank Butler, when he came to the area in a sharp shooter competition. By the way she beat him. They later married and joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
This is a replica of the outfit she usually wore in the show, adorned with all of the metals she won. Those are not the actual medals since she donated them during WWI to be melted down to make bullets.

There is a life sized Hologram of her in the museum that tells you about her life. I have never seen one like this. It is like you are standing there talking to her.
Two movies were made about Annie. One in 1935 starring Barbara Stanwyck and another, a musical in 1950
Annie Oakley 1860-1926
featured at The National Cowgirl Museum Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cowgirls part ll

Several of the displays on the National Cowgirl Museum, here in Ft. Worth, celebrate the cowgirls that were trick riders in the old Wild West Shows which toured the country in the early 1900's

One such cowgirl was Mamie Francis 1908-1950. Mamie was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of fame in 1981 for her daring performances in Wild West Shows. She would dive, on horse back, from a 35 to 50 foot platform into a tank of water below..
as seen from this old photo. Mamie, who was only injured a couple of times preformed this act over 600 times.
 There is an artist's rendering of this event on the ceiling, as soon as you walk in the door of the museum.

Next up...the famous Annie Oakley


Friday, November 10, 2017

Cowgirls

In 1975, in the basement of the Library in Herford, Texas a display was assembled documenting the American Cowgirl. The idea was not to preserve this history, but to share it.
Those items laid the groundwork for the 33,000 square foot building that is now The National Cowgirl Museum. The imposing Art Deco designed building  by Mehl Lawson opened it's doors in Ft. Worth, Texas's Culture District in 2003. The senior program (Silver Frogs) at TCU University had a docent tour of the museum yesterday and Tom and I both attended.
An imposing sculpture by Mehl Lawson titled "Desert Princess" greeted us at the front door.
The attention to detail was amazing everywhere you looked...notice the door handles. I should have cropped it...but there I am!
For the next few days, I will share with you the displays that impressed me. So stay with me!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Old Front Porch

So many of the old neighborhoods in Ft. Worth, Texas that are close to downtown are being refurbished.
I came across this old beauty in an area just south of downtown. I adore the front porch, and it looks like the people that live there do too.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Parking Garage

This photograph caught my eye.
and some of you may have already seen it.
Yes, it is a parking (or car park) garage in Houston, Texas. So, why is it full of people?

Well, the Houston Astros (baseball team) had just come home from wining the World Series in baseball and, they were watching their celebration parade through the streets of downtown. I am not much of a sports fan, but seems all of Houston and the whole state of Texas was very proud of this win!