|This cabinet photograph is interesting on two levels. First is the subject matter. This young man while possibly not a cowboy in the most commonly thought of manner obviously made
his living on horseback given the beautiful notched front, Cuban heeled cowboy boots he is wearing. While not wearing spurs, this is not all that surprising given that wearing spurs
indoors was not well thought of at the time. He also wear heavy striped herring bone weave pants and in interesting coat that is fastened by what appear to be large metal snaps.
Secondly of note is the photographer, W. A. Bradley. At the time this photo was taken William Bradley was operating out of studio that occupied a converted Union Pacific Railroad
caboose. The car – which was leased to the photographer by Union Pacific - combined living quarters for the photographer, a darkroom and a small studio that was lit via glassed in
skylight. The car was pulled along regular Union Pacific routes and Bradley who operated it from around 1883 until about 1889 seems to have worked an area that included parts of
Utah, Idaho and Montana.
William A. Bradley - Photographer
Union Pacific Photo Car, United States
|Above: The reverse side of the cabinet photograph giving particulars of Union Pacific's Short Line. The specific logo shown on this card was only used for a few
months in 1889 and early 1890.