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Play Time #05

Cowboys & Cowgirls


America’s fascination with cowboy-culture began in 1883 with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Popularity grew among children at the turn of the century with novels detailing the deeds of Bill “Hopalong” Cassidy which appeared on the silver-screen in 1935.


With television, and the adventures of the Lone Ranger in the 1940s and ‘50s, playing cowboys and cowgirls became entrenched in popular culture. This case features costumes and memorabilia from the period, offering a glimpse into this world of make-believe.


Artifacts courtesy of the Hatch Family; Orleana Lasky; Edward & Ora Kost; Harvey & Betty Chinn; James Henley; Bion M. Gregory; and Ronald R. Henley collections.



Through five thematic cases at the Sacramento International Airport terminal, the "Play Time" exhibition featured toys from the Center for Sacramento History's collections. These ranged from the 1860s to the 1950s, and included Playing Dolls, Antique Games, Transportation Toys, Playing Grown-Up, and Cowboys & Cowgirls.


Photo by Bryanna Ryan.

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Taken on November 17, 2008