Publication: Privately photographed, n d (ca 1880's), Lincoln County, New Mexico
A lively group of 14 photographs (11 measuring 8" x 10;" one measuring 6 1/4" x 8 1/2;" and 2 measuring 5" x 8"), documenting life and labor on the V. V. Ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico, founded by James M. Cree in the mid-1880s. The images offered here show thirteen cowboys during a round-up of hundreds of cattle ("Scenes on the Round Up 'Catching Horses Out of Remotha;'") ten men and a young boy breaking for food and drink next to a chuck wagon, which bears the lettering "V.V.;" a cowboy branding a pinned cow; a group of over a dozen cowboys 'charging' at the camera and waving their hats ("Finished for the Day"); a candid portrait of a cowboy leaning on his horse with a lasso in one hand; over a dozen cowboys and a woman (possibly a cook) eating dinner near a tree and a wagon ("Supper Time"); a snow-covered mountain-range as seen from the Ranch, and so on. Two photographs of the Ranch taken at a distance give the view of its expanse. Pat Garrett is known to have served as a manager of the property for a period of time. James Cree and his partner Brandon Kirby, owners of the V.V. Ranch, are credited with introducing the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle to New Mexico. Light fading to some of the images, occasional wear at margins; specks to boudoir cards; one image with a few small chips into the image, else good condition.
Inventory Number: 47707