Who doesn’t love a cowgirl? A cowgirl collectible that is! Fun to collect, but not that easy to find. It can be a challenge filling out a collection, especially if you’re looking for truly vintage. Reproductions abound, but vintage is better!
The popularity of the American cowgirl most likely began with Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926). Annie was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Her amazing talent first came to light when she was a mere 15 year old girl, winning a shooting match against a traveling-show marksman. Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She became a renowned international star, performing before royalty and heads of state.
One thing I’ll say about cowgirl related collecting is that there is a lot of variety. For example, the vintage and antique cowgirl art and advertising. Some of it surprisingly sexy! Some of it just plain awesome.
Some cowgirl stuff is collectible AND wearable. Like this wonderful cowgirl dress that is in the Midtown Mercantile Antique Mall right now. She’s in booth #1118 for only $30!
Carol Fenn 11-2017