A Beautician Bronc Rider – Tillie Baldwin

Anna Mathilda Winger aka Tillie Baldwin was born in Arendal, Norway.  Immigrating to the United States when she was just 14 years old, her first profession in the United States was as a hair dresser.  Her entertainment career began in 1909 when she joined Captain Jack Baldwin’s Wild West show.  She created her stage name, … Continue reading A Beautician Bronc Rider – Tillie Baldwin

Sweethearts of the Rodeo

First thoughts of western couples often conjure up Roy Rogers and Dales Evans – Hollywood’s silver screen sweethearts. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans – photo taken at the 61st Academy Awards, March 29, 1989, photo by Alan Light[1] Although Rogers and Evans met through rodeo and he actually proposed in an arena, there were also many famous … Continue reading Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Cowgirls in Cowtown

The brisk change in weather and chance of precipitation are right on cue. Those of us who grew up in anticipation of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo could tell when time for the first rodeo was near. As a kid, the excitement of getting to go to the rodeo, and travel to the … Continue reading Cowgirls in Cowtown

Cowgirl Christmases and the New Year’s Rodeo Season

The holiday season in today’s rodeo world kind of kicks off with the end of the season and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas – but it wasn’t always so. This Christmas break led me to reflect on the lives of the rodeo cowgirls I research, who competed in rodeo at the turn of … Continue reading Cowgirl Christmases and the New Year’s Rodeo Season

Bad Girls and Bimbos in Boots

Bad girls in the Old West was not a term just limited to soiled doves or saloon girls. Bad girls in the West, both in reality and on the silver screen, have come to identify women who refused to conform to society’s assigned gender roles and etiquette expected of a lady in the Victorian West. … Continue reading Bad Girls and Bimbos in Boots

Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls

Singing cowboys made their entrance onto the silver screen in the 1930s and remained popular through the early 1950s. Perhaps the two most well-known are Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. https://youtu.be/IQIagUuGn5Q Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) The singing cowboy actually began … Continue reading Singing Cowboys and Tone-deaf Cowgirls