Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spirit of the Pioneers

I came across this ad for cowgirl-inspired fashions in the December 1939 issue of Mademoiselle, and I thought the outfits were positively adorable. In fact, I wish I had one of each!

These North Dakotan cowgirls, featured in a 1940 LIFE magazine, are just as stylish (those cowboys are cuties too!) Sure looks like it was a fun dance! I wonder what the band sounded like?


  1. These images are all marvelous! They remind me of two things in particular. The years I spent living in Alberta (Canada's Texas, if you will ;D), and also of various "hoedown" dances my elementary school put on for fun sometimes. I've always enjoyed donning western wear too, and would adore finding vintage outfits like the ones above!

    Terrific post, honey, thank you for sharing these great images!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  2. Oh boy! I just adore country type styles which is a little strange because I'm such a city girl! Maybe it has something to do with (partly) being brought up on country and western music?
    -Andi x

  3. oh my! the cattle prod! what funny pictures.

    those dresses at the top are divine!

  4. I wonder...was it a Sadie Hawkins dance? So adorable (kinda Annie Oakley, but in the best possible way) ;)

  5. Thanks for the comments, everyone! I thought these were just the cutest images; they were taken at a fraternity dance.

    It's funny, I used to ride horses and was a total "horse girl"--and I never wore "western" clothes. Now I love them!

  6. What fabulous images. I love the chaps with the card suits on them. Oh to be able to find some of those outfits............

  7. Aren't those chaps grand? They reminded me of Spade Cooley and his band--the band members often wore outfits with spades on them: