Match their male cowboy counterparts these feisty women certainly didroping calves; herding cattle; branding steer; trick riding in the rodeo; even living up to the famous lyrics of Annie Get Your Gun,Anything you can do, I can do better. Its no coincidence that this timeless musical classic is all the rage on Broadway again today, for as this new literary tribute shows, the contributions of Americas cowgirls are boundless and brilliant. From the sad end of the life of Ella Watson, to the splendor of the rodeo days with Cowgirls of the 101 Ranch Wild West Show, to the Hollywood Western sirens like Josie Sedwick and Barbara Stanwyck, COWGIRLS is a visual feast, detailing the sagas of the Wests finest female pioneers with many never-before published photographs.
The writing/photography team of Elizabeth Clair Flood and William Manns, who also brought Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West to life, researched the history of these famous ladies for five years, many times drawing on the rare collectibles of Western aficionados across the country to illustrate the colorful history of these women.
In addition to show casing famous photographs of the daring ladies, Flood and Manns even highlight the magnificent clothing and gear that evolved as rapidly as the spirit of the cowgirls themselves, many times showing original items side by side with historical photographs. Divided into six chapters, COWGIRLS covers the migration of women out west and the necessity for them to work the land and cattle, to the glory days of rodeo and cowgirl images in Hollywood and works of art.
Floods writing is crisp and witty, and Manns photographs are dazzling. Their passion for all that is Western speaks to the adventurer in all of us throughout COWGIRLS, and to the female spirit. -- COWBOY AND INDIANS
About the Author
ELIZABETH CLAIR FLOOD calls Wilson, Wyoming, home. A regular contributor to Architectural Digest and a staff writer for Cowboys & Indians, Flood is also a board member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. COWGIRLS, WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST, is her second collaborative effort with William Manns, with whom she co-authored Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West. Flood also penned Cowboy High Style and Rocky Mountain Home.
Santa Fe, New Mexico based WILLIAM MANNS has an eye for the best of all that is Western. A 30-year collector of the finest Western artifacts and antiques, MANNS is an internationally recognized photographer and Western historian. In addition to the photography for COWGIRLS, he is also the author of Painted Ponies, American Carousel Art. Manns also served as the principal photographer of Packing Iron, Gunleather of the Frontier West.