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Cowboy Bar Fight Watercolor and Pencil Illustration #109849

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Cowboy Bar Fight Watercolor and Pencil Illustration  #109849
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Great pencil and watercolor illustration of cowboys shooting up a bar in a fight. 10" x 10". These illustrations, most of which are unsigned, were probably done for magazine short stories, books (pulps and Westerns) and advertisements from the 1920s-1950s. These were collected by a museum curator, after they were found in the attic of the Stearns Department Store building in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. These drawings are classic examples of illustrations published in magazines like Collier's, Saturday Evening Post, Life, Wild West, Texas Ranger, Real Western, Ranch Romances, Zane Grey's Western and many more popular in the early 20th Century. These are all original drawing in good to very good condition, and many have been matted and framed as artwork.


In 1850 Laten Legg Stearns, a farmer from Massachusetts, came to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and opened his first store, L.L. Stearns. Shortly after the Civil War, he moved his merchandise by raft down the Susquehanna River to Williamsport, and established a general store on Market Street. In 1883 his two sons partnered with him and the name changed to L.L. Stearns & Sons. By 1889, the business moved to the center of Williamsport's shopping district where it continued to operate for 95 years through five generations of Stearn's family ownership, making L.L. Stearns the largest and oldest family owned and operated department store in the United States.