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Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Wild west underwear

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  • mmrcostume@yahoo.com
    Thank you for the insight and the background story. Information along with factual personal stories always add to the item or ideas. Thanks to claude and his
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 13, 2012
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      Thank you for the insight and the background story. Information along with factual personal stories always add to the item or ideas. Thanks to claude and his com padres on their hard work and drive open up the west and supply others with beef etc
      Michele
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      From: Claudia Hill <sunshadowlady@...>
      Sender: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:42:00
      To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com<TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com>
      Reply-To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Wild west underwear

      Kathryn,
       
      As to underwear, cowboys (the ones who did the hard and dangerous work of  ranching) didn't wear any.  They slept on the ground in their clothes, except for their boots and hats, ready to leap out of their bedrolls and deal with any emergency.  They were known to be pretty ripe by the time the herd reached Dodge City or wherever, and usually their first stop when the cattle were sold and they were paid was the bath house. 
       
      At the ranch, in the bunk house where they slept, conditions were not much better, and again, they slept on their bunks in their clothes and echewed unnecessary fripperies like underwear, except for winter, when they wore longjohns.  They had a rough and ready sense of humor and any cowhand who sported a nightshirt would have been the butt of constant jokes and derision.
       
      I knew many of these men; indeed, my grandfather had been one of them, trailing the huge herds of cattle between Texas and Kansas, and sometimes even the longer drives to the Indian agencies in Montana and other northern states, before he married my grandmother.  Knowing my grandmother, she put a stop to any unconventional habits before the ink was dry on the marriage license.  My grandfather settled down and went to work as a butcher.
       
      Claudia (named for the aforesaid grandfather, Claude.)


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      From: Kathryn <k.belzer@...>
      To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:34 PM
      Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Wild west underwear

       
      I have a question about cowboys' underwear. Would they have had anything different from urban men in the mid to late 1800's? And I am thinking that nightshirts would have been a raity on the range. Yes?




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