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I See by Your Outfit: Historic Cowboy Gear of the Northern Plains Paperback – April 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0931271335 ISBN-10: 0931271339
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: High Plains Pr (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931271339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931271335
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on November 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. A comprehensive guide to real working cowboys' -- not in the movies or on TV; on the open range of Wyoming, in the old days -- clothing and equipment. Hundreds of black and white photos and drawings; illustrations from historic catalogs; schematics of tack; diary entries and contemporary descriptions; history and the reasons behind the specific gear of the cowboys (and girls) of the Northern Plains from 1870 to just until the Great Depression. The authors are historians and give us the names of, and the stories behind, the people and the great stuff; Levi's of course, but how about 'Rodeo Booger Reds'? -- a would-be competitor. Underwear -- you can imagine how important Union Suits were before central heating. (They could be ordered in white, grey, ecru, light blue, and, finally, in 1909: pink.) Shirts, jackets, leather goods and fabrics. Horse gear. There's even a chapter on Camp Equipment; now you can build a chuck wagon. Loads of well-captioned photos, many portraits; you're 'there.' Best of all, the tone is enthusiatically academic rather than 'nostalgic.' This is the real thing -- a scholarly, well-organized and well-written book about a vanished world.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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This is the real MCoy. The authors appear to know their subect well and have done their homework. I thank you for that because this is my first read on the subject of real cowboy clothing and I wanted facts. The detail was very good and in some cases too good as in the section on horse bits. What cowboys acually wore and why is fascinating. Don't get me wrong I enjoy the Hollywood costumes but it's nice to know the real story and this is it.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chevelle Thomas (mjrshows@casstel.net) on January 15, 1999
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As an Old West Re-enactor for 5 years, I have taken a particular interest in costuming. There are few resources that accurately dispell the many questions and myths that come into play about the cowboy gear in the Old West. I refer to this book often when researching particular subjects such as hats and boots. As a seamstress, the diagrams and details are invaluable in recreating costumes for my husband and fellow actors.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ron Franscell, Author of 'The Darkest Night' on June 9, 2000
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A friend shoved this book in front of me during research for a historical novel, and I found it fascinating! It is a comprehensive guide to the real garb and tack of real cowboys in a real frontier, not a Technicolored Hollywood wardrober's fantasy. I found it expertly written and illustrated, detailed and enormously helpful. This isn't the kind of amateur historical pap you see so often in this category, it's the Real McCoy. Anyone who wants or needs to know how cowboys and frontiersmen dressed needs to pick up "I See By Your Outfit."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey V. Nelson on August 9, 2009
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Any one with an interest in the real old west would be well served to purchase this wonderfully researched and written book about those who tamed the real wild west. Chocked full of great pictures showing the clothes, gear, and wonderfully colorful people of an age gone by. The book will gently remind Americans why Westerners are so proud of their heritage through the well formulated explanations of the hardships and travails experienced by those who paved the way before us. A must read for anyone interested in Cowboy Fast Draw or other Western era aficionados. My congratulations and thanks to the Authors Tom Lindmier & Steve Mount.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Schooley on February 18, 2010
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This is the type of information western and history lovers are looking for. Lots of great photos and explanations to go with. I have already read it twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2014
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This was an excellent book with both pictures and information detailing clothing and equipment that Cowboys used. I learned a lot of things I never knew before. It helped me to place with things became generally used by Cowboys. it was interesting to learn when they started wearing the 2 inch high cowboy boots and when they started wearing theStetson hats.
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By Hay-Rod on March 1, 2013
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What a great read! I liked all the historic pictures as well as the references and inserts from personal journals. They did not cover much on the cuffs, only that they were more for ornate purposes. If I understand historians correctly cowboys wore cuffs to protect their shirt sleeves as only had two shirts, one for work and one to wear to town. So they tried to get their clothes to last as long as possible. Working on ranches and being around other hands you try to dress yourself as well as your horse to show a little pride in what you do. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of the Great American Cowboy!
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