At several points in his long and busy career, Bruce Bellas, aka Bruce of LA, went on the road to photograph real cowboys at rodeos. Today I'm posting a group of six believed to have been taken in the late 1950's, possibly as late as 1960. Based on my own personal history, I have to say that the authenticity of the men and the time frame both seem above reproach. We start with a cowboy standing outside the livestock stalls in an utterly classic pose. And yes, sometimes I miss that life.
Here's some music by Jerry Jeff Walker to set the tone: