Dad was a Cowboy?


Dad always claimed he had been a cowboy when he was young. I understood that he had wandered around after his father fell from the bridge, riding the rails as a hobo and becoming a cowboy. Whether this is all exactly true I canít say.



Here is an old ambrotype, the kind of instant photograph made at carnivals or by traveling photographers. It was found in my parentís things that I inherited. It shows dad wearing a ten-gallon hat, frowning as best he can, and maybe about ready to draw his pistol.