Pictures and Descriptive Labels
Included with each photograph purchased from our gallery is a label describing the subject matter of the picture. This label is printed on crack and peel paper and may be applied to the dust cover (back of picture) when the picture is framed.
When a picture is framed in our gallery the descriptive label is available framed under glass in moulding matching that of the art work and can be hung with the art work. Overall dimension of framed Descriptive Label is approximately 5 1/4"x 6 1/2". This greatly enhances the interest of the photograph by bringing it historically to life.
Below are a few examples of Huffman photos with the descriptive text. Click on the image to see photo in a larger size.
Spotted Eagle's Village was the last great leather lodge village seen on the
Yellowstone. These lodges were pitched in the fall of 1880 near Fort Keogh
when the Spotted Eagle band numbering nearly 2500 people of the Sioux nation
surrendered to General Nelson Miles. At this point in time, most lodges in
other camps were made from White Man's canvas. This is also the village where
Rain-In-The-Face was a prisoner of war and where Huffman smuggled him away
from the camp and into his studio where numerous photographs were made of
him. (see page 39 of Coffrin's catalogue).
|Spotted Eagle's Sioux Village - 1879|
A considerable part of a cowboy's working time was spent on the roundup, branding calves, gathering beef from the nearby hills and gullies and beef that had strayed far from their owner's range. A scene such as this meant the start of several days, and possibly weeks, of strenuous, long hours in the saddle. This classic Huffman photograph pictures the cow hands on their way to set up camp with their remuda of geldings trailing behind. Also seen are two, of what appear to be, bed wagons that were important to any roundup operation carrying bedrolls, water barrels, extra coats and slickers, rope, etc.
|Going To The Roundup|
This remains one of Huffman's
most popular photographs today.
Ismay, Montana exists today, located in the Northeast corner of Custer County. One person described Ismay in 1906, about the time this picture was taken, as "a wide place in the road." Bob Levitt was an expatriate from The Confederacy and as proprietor of The Bob Saloon, provided the opportunity for cattleman and sheepherder alike to stop to bend his elbow. A classic photograph of a time that has passed and will never be again. A time when one could lean back in a chair and gaze off in the distance and just do nothing, without being considered peculiar.
|The Bob Saloon|
This little girl's dress, and the dress of her doll, is exquisitely decorated with dentalia shells. These shells had been harvested from the Pacific Ocean floor and traded inland by West Coast Tribes. Dentalia shells had been used as money by North American Indians for 2,500 years. The careful handwork of the Cheyenne people is notably displayed here in this fine and sensitive portrait by L.A. Huffman, and a mother's love is manifest in her carefully parted and braided hair. Having lived in close proximity to the Cheyenne people for most of his life Huffman had great respect for them.
|Shy Little Cheyenne|
Girl With Doll
This photograph was taken in
Huffman's old studio in Miles
City, Montana Territory
In the early days the cooking was done over an open fire. It takes but little imagination to picture the cook's difficulties when working with wet wood on a rainy day, or when the wind blew smoke in his eyes, scattered his fire and deposited dust, sand and ashes in the food every time he lifted a lid. Later there was a long fly of canvas stretched from the wagon to cover the working area, or a tent and small portable stove. These went a long way toward lessening the cook's troubles.
|LU Bar cook making bread, 1904|
A Typical early day chuck wagon scene.
Please do not download art work displayed on this web site. Copyright to reproduce these photographs in any form is held solely by Frank and Nadine Ross D.B.A. Coffrin's Old West Gallery as issued to them by the U. S. Copyright Office, Washington, D.C.
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