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    Erwin E. Smith. "Three Block Cowboy." B/w photograph, 13" x 18.5" affixed to slightly larger board. The large photo shows New Mexico cowboy Harry Patten playing the fiddle as he sits beside a roaring fireplace. Cowboy accoutrements (boots, spurs, lantern, liquor bottles, rifle, cow horns, and lucky horseshoe) rest beside and above the fireplace. Below the photograph, written in period ink, "Harry Patten, Three Block Cowboy, New Mexico. Photo Copyright by Erwin E. Smith. Bonham, Texas. Presented to R. Beal [?] December 10, 1931[?] By Geo. C. Saunder [?]." The board has been trimmed causing some loss of the inscription. Born in Bonham, Texas, cowboy photographer Erwin Smith (1886-1947) spent much of his life preserving the lives of cowboys in his photographs. Very minor fading along lower edge of photograph. Near Fine. Ex Ben E. Pingenot.

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    November, 2009
    21st Saturday
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