Long Beach Rodeo, circa 1950 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
What’s going on here in front of the Long Beach Hotel? Remembering another rodeo photo I have, taken at the Plum Cove baseball field, I figured it out (maybe). Horses, cowboys and cowgirls in western outfits, and two different locations: this was probably a publicity event for the circus. People came to watch the horses race down the beach. The spectators tell us the time period: A policeman in vintage uniform, girls and boys checking each other out, and the cool kid in the white t-shirt (I can just see a pack of Marlboros rolled up in his sleeve). If anyone remembers the Long Beach rodeo or has any pictures, I’d love to hear from you.
Printed from the original 6×7 centimeter film negative in my darkroom.
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