AUTRY MUSEUM, PART 3 – BY ELLIN CURLEY
One of my favorite parts of my trip to LA, was our visit to the Autry Museum of the West.
Outside of the Autry Museum
I learned the most from the sections of the museum devoted to the real history of the West, not the TV or movie versions we grew up with. They displayed artifacts and photos from the West that painted a less glamorous and more nitty-gritty portrait of life in the old West.
Booklet on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Photo of the actual damage done by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906
Indian saddle with beautiful detail work and colors
Samuel Colt and his line of guns
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was a big part of our image of the West.
Poster advertising Wild Bill Cody’s Show
The real Annie Oakley, a star of the Wild West Show
Life in the West was rugged and hard. Here are some artifacts of that life.
A cowboy’s spartan kitchen
Detail of fire truck
Whole fire truck
Front of fire truck
Ad for a coach
Closeup of the beautiful and colorful artwork on the side of a coach
I found this 1915 phonograph fascinating! It apparently was used in saloons and saved the saloon keepers money on live entertainment!
Coin operated phonograph from 1915
Information about the phonograph
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