An Alaska prospector and his dog get ready for the summer trail. I like it because of the look on the dog’s face. He’s like, this human just goofed again. And the prospector is definitely pissed at him for laughing.
Advertisement for free land for homesteading in Montana, 1914.
From the University of Montana Archives & Special Collections.
Of course, the land wasn’t really free. There were filing fees, and some homesteaders only stayed on the land the minimum amount of time necessary to prove up, thus having to pay a per acre fee rather than receive the land “free” from the government.
One Down, Three to Go!
In this 1935 photograph of Mt. Rushmore, Washington has been completed and Jefferson is just getting started. Work began on the monument in 1927 and the faces of the four presidents were completed by 1939, with work ending in 1941.
[South Dakota Projects, 1917-1949]: Washington completed, Jefferson in progress, 09/1935
Levi Strauss Jeans, 1875–96
In the late 1800s, San Francisco merchant Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis began manufacturing worker’s trousers reinforced by copper rivets—the world’s first jeans. The jeans in this photo are one of the oldest known pairs.
Davis, a fabric customer of Strauss, had complaints from his customers that their pants were ripping apart. In response, Davis developed a way to make the pants even stronger by placing metal rivets at the “points of strain.” In 1873, Davis brought his design to Strauss and the partners received the patent for rivets on men’s pants. They began selling copper-riveted “waist overalls.”
This pair is made of brown duck, a heavy cotton fabric, and it features the familiar riveted pockets, button fly and waistband patch of modern jeans. The first jeans came in two styles—indigo blue and brown duck.
Initially worn by miners and cowboys, jeans evolved into casual clothing for all ages, classes and lifestyles. In the 1890s, the company created its first pair of Levis 501 Original Fit Jeans, a style that went on to become the world’s best-selling item of clothing.
This item is one of 137 million artifacts, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian’s collection. It is not currently on display.
Carries the War Staff, ca. 1910.
The Crow Nation (or Apsáalooke) migrated west from the Eastern Woodlands into the Yellowstone River Valley. Today their headquarters are located in Billings, Montana.
From the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Prairie schooners were covered wagons designed to be smaller and lighter than the Conestoga Wagon. They were especially popular for those heading west on the Oregon Trail. Read more here: http://www.historicoregoncity.org/end-of-the-oregon-trail-history/trailfaqs/156-wagons
A prairie schooner going through the mountains, from Ohio State University. Undated.