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Lot 19

Carrizo cattle brands & Martian farmers

19. [CATTLE BRANDS]. “Stockmen’s Brand Directory. For Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas” in Carrizo Weekly Minerand Stockmen’s Range Journal, June 2, 1905. Folio (height: 59.7 cm; 23-1/2 inches). Newspaper leaf, illustrated with approximately a hundred brands. Browned due to the cheap paper used for printing, a few archival tissue reinforcements at tears (no loss).

     This leaf constitutes a mini-brand book for the region at the time of publication. Among the Colorado ranchers whose brands are listed are several ladies (Annie B. Darling of Carrizo; Mrs. Deborah Breislin of Vilas; and Mrs. A. Schroder of Regnier). The Carrizo Weekly Miner and Stockmen’s Range Journal (edited by C. Frost Liggett), was established in 1899. Among the minutiae of local history: “The JJs have recently turned loose about 2000 head of steers in this county and have returned to New Mexico after another herd.” Present are many ads for tonics (such as Lydia E. Pinkham’s tonic for female complaints). We also discover the startling revelation that Mars is populated by intelligent farmers, and the canals are merely part of an elaborate irrigation system. (It might well be that the writer of that article had been hitting the Lydia E. Pinkham tonic a bit imprudently.) ($200-400)

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