Tag Archives: 1950s

Cattle Branding, New Mexico

This image shows a number of cowboys during a roundup with several holding one cow while another brands it with a long handled metal branding iron.

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The description states simply:

N-34 — BRANDING CATTLE IN THE SOUTHWEST

–Such scenes are less common now with ear tagging of cattle which provides much more information for regulators as well as owners, along with doing no damage to the valuable hide.

The exact location is not known, but the card was printed in New Mexico, so it is presumed the photo was taken in that state.

This card was used and is dated 11 July 1953.

Walking Trail, Cowell Redwoods, California

This image shows a portion of the interpretive trail built for visitors to walk and see a portion of the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, near Santa Cruz, California.

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The description states:

PATHWAY THROUGH THE REDWOODS

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park,

Santa Cruz County, California

Besides the stately redwoods, giant oak, laurel fir, sycamore and a variety of ferns and wild flowers thrive in this natural wonderland.

–The trail has a small guide brochure which features descriptions of important locales along the trail as marked by small sign posts, such as the one seen in the center background. These have since been replaced with more natural looking carved wooden markers.

This card was used and is dated 27 June 1955.

Redwoods and fencing along trail, California

This image shows part of a walking trail and the split-rail fence used to demarcate it to prevent hikers from damaging the root systems of the redwood trees.

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The description states:

104 – CALIFORNIA REDWOODS

The redwoods, Sequoia Sempervirens, grow only along the Coast Range from Southern Oregon to Big Sur. The oldest of all living things, they often reach to a height of more than 300 feet and a diameter of 20 feet. For mile after mile the highway curves through the grace and beauty of magnificent groves of these monarchs of the forest.

–The trees have very shallow and wide root systems, which makes them particularly vulnerable to damage from large numbers of hikers or active vehicular traffic.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.