Procduced by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania sometime around the turn of the 20th Century, this stereoview depicts as its caption states a "Real Live
Cowboy
" from Idaho. He is probably typical of a cowhand from the late 1800s and early 1900s. His appearance is relatively nondescript and everything he wears and has close at hand
are of the most utilitarian nature. This is not surprising since the photographer caught him while at work and had the man chosen to have been photographed in a formal studio setting
it is safe to assume he would have worn some the more flamboyant clothing and gear that cowboys where so fond of being photographed in.

He wears a well worn broad brimmed hat, bandana/neckerschief, a pull over shirt with short tight fitting roper's gloves. From a leather thong a
quirt (a short whip used for driving
cattle) hangs from his right wrist and in the same hand he holds the hallmark essential piece of any cowboy's gear his
lariat or lasso. His legs are protected by long fringed leather
chaps (more visible in the enlarged detail below) and on his hip is a holstered revolver with his ammunition laden gun belt just visible at his waist. Based on the revolever's partially
visible grip it appears to possibly be a Smith & Wesson or perhaps a Merwin Hulbert.


Stereoview
Keystone View Comany
Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States
c. 1905