Another Trip Down Memory Lane... History and Old Stuff...
Tonight I was poking around on eBay and came across a copy of Ace Reid's Cowpokes Wanted. We had a copy of that book when I was growing up. I think the bank or one of the salebarns sent it at Christmas time. I must have read it thousands of times.
I also knew the Cowpokes from several magazines and newspapers that carried the cartoon and from the Cowpokes calendars we had from time to time.
The Cowpokes are Jake and Zeb. They are hard-working guys (most of the time) who don't have much luck. Their legs are bowed from too many hours spent in the saddle. Their cows are always bony, their fences are always broken, and their cash flow is always negative.
Maw, Jake's wife, is overworked, but don't make the false assumption that she's downtrodden. Every now and then, she lets Jake know who's the boss.
As a ranch kid, I recognized the Cowpokes as authentic characters with true-to-life problems, so it isn't surprising to read that Ace Reid was brought up as a ranch kid himself.
You can see a few Cowpokes cartoons at:
- Ace Reid and the Cowpokes Cartoons
- Rural Images Virtual Exhibit
- Google Book Search: Ace Reid and the Cowpokes Cartoons
I see that all of the Cowpokes books are available on the Cowpokes homepage and the prices are reasonable, so there's no need for me to get excited about bidding on a used Cowpokes book.
Ace Reid passed away in 1991 at the age of 66. I was sorry to read that.
Wikipedia entry for Ace Reid