DescriptionRARE LOT OF TWO EL PASO, TEXAS IMAGES - SOCORRO, NEW MEXICO COWBOYS - IMAGE OF CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO - BOUDOIR CARDS - ca. 1885-1910.
This is a fine lot of two El Paso, Texas related boudoir card photographs featuring an image of two New Mexico cowboys and another of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The cowboys are pictured on fine horses, with saddles, lassos and chaps, the man on the right displaying a nice spur heel. This photograph is unmarked as to the photographer, however the background is that of a stopped Santa Fe Line Railroad train, which has extensive identification written on the cars. This photograph measures 7.25" x 5" overall and is mounted on a black boudoir-size card, an identification on the back in small modern ink script reads "Socorro, N.M."
The second image is a beautiful shot of "Main Street Paso del Norte. Mexico" in about 1890. The identification is on the front in period script ink, and also on the reverse with the same notation and "looking East". There is no mark from the photographer, but this is possibly a local El Paso, Texas view specialist. Paso del Norte is now known as Ciudad Juarez, and it was the passage through the mountains from Mexico into El Paso, Texas at this time. This shot has excellent contrast and depth, a fine early Mexican scene mounted on a boudoir card which measures 8"x 5" overall. Several cowboys can be seen with sombreros, and to the right a large sign reads, "CARNICERIA MEXICANA" - "AURTHUR A. KLINE". A painted sign of a cowboy roping a steer adorns the top of the meat market. Further down is the, "Customs Exchange House". This city was the frequented by many famous Texas outlaws during this time including John Wesley Hardin, as it was just a few miles from El Paso. These two rare images that relate strongly to El Paso, Texas would be difficult for any collector to obtain.
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