I grew up watching old 1940’s and 50’s Westerns. Loved tv shows like Maverick, Virginian, Bonanza, and the Big Valley.
These photos of real saloons from 1900 were quite a surprise. Most of these people were wearing normal day to day clothes. They weren’t dressed in their Church clothes.
Scroll down to Drinkers at Ole Elliots. Men in jeans and work boots. A really good example of what working men in the West wore.
Imagine the reaction if John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart walked into one of these bars in Western Costume.
I find it strange because there were still real Western men alive when cowboy westerns started filming in the early 1930’s. Some of the men in these photographs probably lived into the 1930’s.
They even got the guns wrong in Westerns. Note the revolvers used in the Stick em Up photo. Not your typical movie six shooter.