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245. [WYOMING]. Wyoming Speaks in Pictures [cover title]. Casper: Prairie Publishing Company, n.d. [ca. 1930]. [120] pp., 58 full-page photographic illustrations. Oblong folio, original bronze wrappers with photographic illustrations, stapled (as issued). Covers moderately worn and with light soiling, interior very fine. Difficult to find in decent condition and in first edition.

     First edition. Several editions of his pictorial followed, which were edited by Robert Beebe David. The present edition is unattributed.  Twenty-nine photos are by Charles W. Belden of Pitchfork, Wyoming; thirteen are from Crandall Studios of Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming scenic views and vistas, ranch life, and outdoor sports and activities. Some are blatantly posed and clichéd (a cowboy in clean white chaps hand-feeding an antelope while his trusty horse stands in the background next to a cow skull; a cowgirl in a riding skirt standing, bone-dry, on a rock in the middle of a swiftly flowing stream with a fishing pole in one hand and her horse’s reins in the other). If you have an image in your mind of a cattle drive, corral work, bucking broncos, or the life of a cowboy, you will probably find it here. ($250-500)

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