1911 African American Cowboy George Fletcher Real Photo Postcard, Plus

Lot of 2 real photo postcards, comprising: 

Titled in negative "No. 27 George Fletcher / Round Up Pendleton, OR" alongside copyright statement: "Copyright 1911 by W.S. Bowman." Fletcher is shown riding a bucking bronco. There were few African American cowboys in Oregon and much of the West, partly because of discriminatory policies and attitudes. By the early twentieth century, the role of cowboys had changed to one of entertainment as part of a rodeo. The Pendleton Round Up was the state's largest rodeo beginning in 1910 and African Americans were part of the show from the beginning. In 1911, there were three men competing in the bucking competition, John Spain (white), Jackson Sundown (Nez Perce), and Fletcher. The judges gave the first place to Spain, apparently hesitant to award the top prize to a minority competitor. The crowd, however, disagreed and cheered loudest for Fletcher, who, they decided, had ridden better. This postcard celebrates that ride. An additional postcard shows an unidentified Black trick rider, standing on the backs of two charging horses, hundreds of fans, many of them African American, are lined up along the rail.


Very good condition. Unused.

Estimate: $400 - $700
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