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Illustrated with images of sabers, steamboats, handguns, hats, saddles, and more, this is a valuable resource for historians, re-enactors, costumers, and others. With encyclopedic knowledge and an extensive collection of Old West memorabilia handed down to him from Civil War veterans, cowboys, frontiersmen, and Native Americans, William Foster-Harris truly understood whatIllustrated with images of sabers, steamboats, handguns, hats, saddles, and more, this is a valuable resource for historians, re-enactors, costumers, and others. With encyclopedic knowledge and an extensive collection of Old West memorabilia handed down to him from Civil War veterans, cowboys, frontiersmen, and Native Americans, William Foster-Harris truly understood what the days of cowboys and trail drivers looked and felt like. His book offers the fashions and feel of the Old West from the end of the Civil War through the 1890s by detailing the styles of the period; military dress for the Union and Confederate armies; weaponry of the time; and more. Illustrated with clear, precise drawings to assist the descriptions, few books present a better idea of how the West really looked....

Title : The Look of the Old West: A Fully Illustrated Guide
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ISBN : 9781602390249
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Look of the Old West: A Fully Illustrated Guide Reviews

  • Beth Cato
    2018-12-21 17:32

    An author-friend recommended this book as a resource for writing about the Old West, and dang, she was right. This is a treasure trove of minutia on Civil War flags and equipment (I was surprised at the wealth of Civil War information and particularly recommend this to writers in that period), how cowboys actually operated on the range from chuck wagons to cattle drives to gear, and what guns they used and why. The book is fully illustrated, too. Foster-Harris writes of this minor details in a way that is fully engaging... but he also writes from a certain viewpoint and time period. This book was first published in the 1950s. It tightly focuses on the experience of the white male in the west. Mexicans and Native Americans are only noted as contributors of styles and equipment; the word Negroes is utilized; and women are scarcely present at all, literally getting a few pages on fashion in the last few pages.That said, this book is still a solid resource. Foster-Harris writes as a man who grew up around Civil War veterans. He speaks of western settlement from a perspective of immediate hearsay and his own life experience in Ohlahoma, and it is absolutely intriguing. Just be aware of the context of the time it was written and that it is not representative of the full western experience.

  • Edward Erdelac
    2019-01-09 17:47

    An indispensible, highly readable resource. Wonderfully detailed illustrations and bits of trivia, all related in pleasant, conversational style.

  • Clay Davis
    2019-01-14 13:41

    Great information, illustrations not the best in quality. Mentioned Custer and Injuns in every chapter.

  • Stephen Brooke
    2018-12-24 19:24

    Perhaps a bit dated now, but a readable, entertaining source of information about the 'real' Old West. It should be required reading for anyone who wishes to attempt writing a Western!

  • Mckinley
    2019-01-07 16:30

    Nice; covers soldiers, civilians, weapons, transport, horses and cattle. Just a lot more text than I was expecting.

  • Zoe Blake
    2018-12-26 16:43

    Outstanding resource for any writer of western fiction. This book covers everything! Weapons, housing, money, clothing. Highly recommend!