THE AUTRY MUSEUM, PART 1 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

When I was out in LA, our friends took us to an amazing museum – The Autry Museum of the West.

It included artifacts of the real west of America’s past, as well as the movie and TV versions of that same history. In fact, the museum is named after the famous “Singing Cowboy” of the early television days, Gene Autry, also the former owner of the Los Angeles/California/ Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

Outside of the beautiful structure that houses the museum

Sculpture outside the museum of Gene Autry with his guitar and his horse, Champion.

I took so many photos, I’m going to divide them up into three separate posts. This one will be devoted to clothing – a fascinating aspect of history.

Woman’s two-piece outfit from around 1885

Indian woman’s outfit

What real cowboys wore.

Bodice and skirt from 1865-1885 worn by Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer of Custer’s last stand fame

Stagecoach driver’s gloves

Annie Oakley movie costume based on a painting of Annie Oakley

Beautiful dress in a soda ad



Categories: American history, Antiques and Antiquities, Arts, Baseball, Ellin Curley, Photography, western movies

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14 replies

  1. Just think that those dresses were all made by hand. The stitching, detailing and the style in the dresses is amazing and very feminine. How on earth would they keep the dresses clean with the muddy roads etc.?
    Leslie

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  2. Interesting focus on the clothing! I wonder if those types of gloves were common.

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  3. Those TINY waistlines! Just imagine the pain of those corsets they wore!

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    • I know it was torture for women to get those waistlines, but they were so attractive! I think that’s why Barbie was configured the way she was originally. They gave her that tiny waistline and big bust, like the old days.

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