Movie heroes and their prototypes: the Hollywood myth about cowboys turned out to be far from reality
Elements of a cowboy image: hat, scarf, plaid shirt The dashing heroes from American Westerns, scorching from two-handed colts, are nothing more than fiction, another Hollywood myth that significantly distorts…

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Cowboy - “hero of magic dreams” or everyday drama?
Among other things, foreigners simply do not recognize the associations that are present in the Western myth for the American right, and for any American. Everyone wears jeans, but no…

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What did the cowboys do for fashion?
Recognizable image He put on a poncho and jeans or boots with a narrowed cape and a wide leather belt, a hat and a shirt with braid, a bandana or…

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considered this trick too

Not a single chance!

Another myth was fighters who shot at the same time from two revolvers, never missing their victims. To begin with, even wearing two revolvers, each four pounds in weight, was very tiring, and few did. And at the same time it was almost impossible to shoot accurately from them. Equally impossible was accurate shooting from a hip revolver, so popular in Hollywood westerns.

In westerns you can often see how the hero, like a real circus performer, turns a revolver on his finger, after which he accurately hits his opponents. This is another fiction of American cinema. As we saw above, to hit the target from revolvers of the late 19th century was not easy, even aiming well, and even after such juggling is generally impossible. In the 1920s, a certain enthusiast placed an advertisement in numerous newspapers and magazines in which he offered to pay $ 1,000 – huge money for those times – to anyone who could turn a revolver and then get out of it even from the smallest, most ridiculous distance . The money remained unpaid. Continue reading

Who is a cowboy

If you ask the first comer “Who is a cowboy?”, Then in 99% of 100 you will hear a very short and firm answer: “A tough guy riding a horse, wearing a hat and a revolver.” Those who answer in this way will be partly right, since it is precisely this image, fanned by a halo of romance, that for a century we have been seeing on cinema screens, book pages and colorful advertising posters. Dressed up with a needle, an unflappable hero with a pair of colts, a regular at drinking companions and a fierce participant in dizzying chases and shootings, these are typical examples of the “tough guy” we see in most films about the Wild West. But was the cowboy’s life really easy and easy? To understand this issue, you should take a short excursion to the United States of the XIX century – the era of the dawn of American cowboys. Continue reading

Cowboys, who are they?

The first cowboys appeared in 1865, after the American Civil War. They worked on ranches (farms), which were located in states such as Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. In summer, cattle were grazed and raised, curbed and collected in the herds of wild bulls, and in the autumn they drove them east, to the railway for sale. The path was not close, for several months the cowboys made a 2,000 km drive.

DANGEROUS JOB
The danger was present constantly, especially during long hauls. In order to keep the herd of thousands of heads intact, the cowboy had to have the good skills of not only a shepherd, but also a guard, a professional veterinarian and an experienced tracker. Continue reading

The new cowboy tradition
The new cowboy tradition made its way into the big world in two directions: Western films and heavily undervalued Western novels, which for many foreigners were the same as detectives…

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Songs of a Cheerful Cowboy
Not ignored by the sculptors and horses, the main assistants of the cowboys. Particularly impressive is the spectacle of the “Blue Mustang”, a giant figure of 32 feet high and…

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Wild West
Obviously, many of the white characters in the original Wild West epos were, in a certain sense, outcasts or refugees from “civilization”, but the main thing in their position was,…

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The Jesse Myth
At the end of the war, Edwards chose not to give up the Yankees and fled to Mexico, from where he returned only after the passions had subsided. Having become…

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