Book Review: Cowboy Textiles

When I was a little kid I had a particular affection for Roy Rogers movies. My favourite was Don’t Fence Me In, a matinee frivolity from the ’40s that involved a jaded East Coast reporter, played by Dale Evans, getting sent on a story out in the wilds of the frontier, to investigate some rural legend. She inevitably falls for Roy Rogers and his merry band of musical ranch hands and it all ends in a song. Roy Rodgers, Dale Evans and Trigger (“the smartest horse in the movies”) were a happy-go-lucky embodiment of the freedom and charisma of the “Wild West.” For those of you who have never seen a Roy Rogers movie or even dabbled in the Western genre, a good aesthetic gateway would be Thomas Kiley’s pictorial love letter to western style in Cowboy Textiles.

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