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Offline RattlesnakeJack

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New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:56:42 pm »
Best Wishes for 2017 to all my Pards, sent to you from North of the Medicine Line!

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Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
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Offline Sir Charles deMouton-Black

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Re: New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 11:54:12 am »
Yes, it is 2017 afterall.

I have a copy of COWBOYS, GENTLEMEN & CATTLE THIEVES, 2000, Warren M. Elofson.  Page 56, and the jacket, have a similar photo of the 1886 round-up crew in the Porcupine Hills. Southern Alberta, and parts of BC, were definately part of the Wild West during the 1880s.
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Re: New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 09:06:39 pm »
... and well beyond, Sir Charles!  The above postcard image is attributed to 1912, and i have seen very similar views from as late as the 1920s.  Scenes like this seem to have bee photographed quite frequently, perhaps because the subject was at least moderately interesting, while the static nature of the group lent itself well to getting a nice group shot with the bulky and slow cameras of the day ....

The image below is a cell-phone snapshot, through glass, of a gorgeous framed "one-off" print from the Medicine Hat Museum and Archives which I bought years ago from a fund-raising auction of various such historical photos (the promise at the time, to encourage high bids, was that each image would never again be reproduced for public sale). The quality of this snapshot does not capture the quality and detail of the original, which depicts a roundup crew in 1898 near Maple Creek, about 60 miles east of Medicine Hat, back when both communities were within the District of Assiniboia.  (When the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were created in 1905 from the four southernmost Districts of the North West Territory, the provincial boundary came between them.) 

Interestingly, the identity of each of the men in this photograph is known, and most of the families are still ranching in the same area ...

Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

Offline PJ Hardtack

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Re: New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 09:14:31 pm »
The historic Cowboys sure don't look like te guys we shoot with in CAS, do they?

However, my neighbours sure do! Including the ladies.
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Re: New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 10:20:49 pm »
For an interesting study of Canadian cowboys, I heartily recommend this book -

Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier
Old West ClipArt & History Website:  http://rattlesnakejacks.com/

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Re: New Year Greetings for 2017 from North of the Medicine Line!
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 03:47:53 pm »
Nice to see a post by you Grant...haven't heard from you for a time.

Best of the New Year to you too!!