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Guide to the Ron Bledsoe Trade Catalog & Ephemera Collection

A.A. Van Voorhies & Co. Catalogue, Ron Bledsoe CollectionRon Bledsoe Trade Catalog & Ephemera Collection, circa 1880s-1993
7.5 cubic feet (13 document boxes, 1 flat box)
Location: 0175-0180
Collection #: 002
Accession #: 1997.024

Introduction
Collection of more than 200 saddle and tack catalogs dating from the late-1880s through the mid-1980s. The collection also includes saddle and tack related ephemera such as price lists, order forms, company envelopes, and advertising materials. Manufacturers featured in the collection include Edward H. Bohlin, Fred Mueller Saddle & Harness Co., George Lawrence Co., Hamley & Co., Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery, N. Porter Saddle & Harness Co., S. D. Myres Saddle Co., and Visalia Stock Saddle Co. Also in the collection are a small number of photographs including a circa 1887 promotional cabinet card photograph and price list from Walker & Wade.

Biography
Ron Bledsoe is a collector and dealer in saddle and tack catalogs and ephemera who lives in Danville, California.

Scope & Content Note  

The collection is arranged into two series, Trade Catalogs and Ephemera and Photographs.

Series 1: Trade Catalogs and Ephemera (ca. 1880-1993)
Constitutes the bulk of the collection. The series includes more than 200 saddle and tack-related catalogs and ephemeral items from over 75 manufacturers including Edward H. Bohlin, Fred Mueller Saddle & Harness Co., George Lawrence Co., Hamley & Co., Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery, N. Porter Saddle & Harness Co., S. D. Myres Saddle Co., and Visalia Stock Saddle Co. The bulk of the series dates from the 1920s through the 1940s, but it includes more than 30 late-19th century and early-20th century catalogs and over 50 catalogs from the 1950s through the 1980s.

The collection documents items related to all aspects of horse-powered transportation including saddles, bits, spurs, bridles, harnesses, whips, cowboy hats, chaps, clothing, boots, tools, and other related metal and leather goods. The catalogs feature products ranging from very expensive and elaborate parade saddles to gear for the working cowhand. Well-rendered illustrations enable the researcher to compare and contrast different designs between manufacturers and over time. Many catalogs include price information allowing pricing comparisons between similar products over time. The collection also documents changes in transportation technology as the early catalogs, which prominently feature harnesses and other carriage and wagon trappings, give way to catalogs that place more importance on saddles, bridles, bits, and spurs catering to the cowboy and leisure markets.

Although many prominent saddle and tack manufacturers and distributors are represented, the collection is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject. Many manufacturers are represented by a single catalog. Makers and distributors with significant representation in the collection include George Lawrence Co., Hamley & Co., Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery, N. Porter Saddle & Harness Co., and Visalia Stock Saddle Co.

Series 2: Photographs (ca. 1887-ca. 1990)
Includes only three images. A late 1880s cabinet card photograph features three different Walker & Wade saddle models on a promotional piece that includes description and pricing information on the reverse of the card. Two contemporary photographs show the current appearance of the Harpham Brothers Co. building in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Bohlin, Edward H.
Hamley, J. J.
Heiser, Hermann H.
Lawrence, George
Mueller, Fred
Myres, S. D.
Porter, N.
Walker, D. E.

Corporate Names:
A. A. Van Voorhies & Co.
A. V. Voss Saddlery Co.
Al Furstnow Saddlery Co.
Al Nolte Saddlery
August Buermann Manufacturing Co.
Blake Miller
Bona Allen, Inc.
Breyman Leather Co.
Chas. P. Shipley
Crockett and Renalde
Crockett Bit & Spur Co.
Croft’s Saddlery
Davis Saddlery Co.
De Luxe Saddlery Co.
Denver Dry Goods Co.
Diamond Whip Co.
Edward Barnard Co.
Edward H. Bohlin
Equestrian Imports
Franklin Saddle Shop
Fred M. Stern, Ltd.
Fred Mueller Saddle & Harness Co.
G. J. Jedlicka Saddlery
Garcia Saddlery Co.
George Lawrence Co.
Goetz Saddlery Co.
H. R. Miller Saddle Co.
Hamley & Co.
Harpham Brothers Co.
Heiser-Keyston
Heiser-Keyston-Lichtenberger
Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery
Imperial Bit & Snap Co.
J. G. Read & Brothers Co.
Jesse Beery Co.
John Clark Saddlery Co.
Keyston Brothers
L. D. Stone & Co.
Lee Saddlery
Les Garcia Manufacturing Co.
Los Angeles Saddlery & Finding Co.
M. Morales
Main & Winchester
Marshall-Wells Hardware Co.
Marvin Smith Co.
Midway Harness Co.
Miles City Saddlery Co.
Miller & Tietjen
N. Porter Saddle & Harness Co.
Nocona Boot Co.
North & Judd Manufacturing Co.
O. J. Snyder Saddlery
Olsen Nolte Saddle Shop
Perforated Pad Co.
Platte Valley Saddle Shop
R. T. Frazier Saddlery
Ray Holes Saddle Co.
Renalde, Crockett & Kelly
Ricardo
Rowell Saddle Co.
S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co.
S. D. Myres Saddle Co.
Scheffer & Rossum Co.
Schoellkopf Co.
Stockman-Farmer Supply Co.
Stormes Saddle Co. Ltd.
Van Voorhies-Phinney Co.
Victor Ario Saddlery Co.
Visalia Stock Saddle Co.
W. Davis & Sons
Walker & Wade
Wallace & Smith Co.
Walsh Richardson Co.
Western Saddle Manufacturing Co.
White & Davis
Wyeth Hardware & Manufacturing Co.

Subject Headings:
Advertising
Bits (Bridles)
Boots
Commercial catalogs
Harnesses
Headgear
Leather goods
Metal-work
Saddlery
Saddlery—Arizona—Phoenix
Saddlery—California
Saddlery—California—Hollywood
Saddlery—California—Sacramento
Saddlery—California—San Francisco
Saddlery—Canada—Calgary
Saddlery—Colorado
Saddlery—Colorado—Denver
Saddlery—Colorado—Pueblo
Saddlery—Idaho
Saddlery—Missouri
Saddlery—Montana—Great Falls
Saddlery—Montana—Miles City
Saddlery—Nebraska
Saddlery—Nebraska—Lincoln
Saddlery—Nevada
Saddlery—Oregon
Saddlery—Oregon—Pendleton
Saddlery—Oregon—Portland
Saddlery—South Dakota
Saddlery—Texas
Saddlery—Utah
Saddlery—Wyoming
Saddles
Shoe industry
Spurs
Tools
Whips
Work clothes

Processing Information  

The collection was purchased from Mr. Bledsoe in 1997. The collection was initially arranged by Charles Rand in 1997 and reprocessed by Jonathan Nelson in 2004.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Ron Bledsoe Trade Catalog and Ephemera Collection is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted artwork images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Preferred Citation  

Ron Bledsoe Trade Catalog & Ephemera Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Related Collections, Exhibits, & Links
Collection of Saddlery and Cowboy Gear Catalogs and Ephemera: This collection contains over 375 original and reproduction items from more than 100 saddle and cowboy gear makers and distributors from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Saddlery & Cowboy Gear: Catalogs & Ephemera: This virtual exhibit features just a few of the items in the Collection of Saddlery and Cowboy Gear Catalogs and Ephemera.

Container List  

Series 1: Trade Catalogs and Ephemera, ca. 1880s-1993
Box/Folder # Folder Title/Description
A. A. Van Voorhies & Co., Sacramento, California
001/001 Illustrated Catalog, 1888
A. V. Voss Saddlery Co., Seattle, Washington
001/002 Catalog No. 4, 1932
001/003 Price list, 1942
Al Furstnow Saddlery Co, Miles City, Montana
001/004 Catalog and Price List No. 20, Order form, ca. 1920
001/005 Catalog No. 40, 1940
Al Nolte Saddlery, San Francisco, California
001/006 Catalog, ca. 1920
August Buermann Manufacturing Co., Newark, New Jersey
001/007 Illustrated Catalog No. 35, ca. 1922
Blake Miller, Cheyenne, Wyoming
001/008 Catalog No. 12, ca. 1920
Bona Allen, Inc., Buford, Georgia
001/009 Price List Catalog No. 64, 1961
Breyman Leather Co., Portland, Oregon
001/010 Catalog No. 1, ca. 1898
Chas. P. Shipley, Kansas City, Missouri
001/011 Catalog, Envelope, 1927
001/012 Catalog No. 28, 1935
Crockett and Renalde, Denver, Colorado
001/013 Catalog No. 61, Price list, Flier, 1960
Crockett Bit & Spur Co.,
001/014 Catalog No. 14, ca. 1941 (Lexexa, Kansas)
001/015 Catalog No. 16, ca. 1945 (Boulder, Colorado)
001/016 Catalog No. 49, ca. 1948 (Boulder, Colorado)
Croft's Saddlery, Belle Fourche, South Dakota
001/017 Catalog, 1983
Davis Saddlery Co., Sacramento, California
002/001 Catalog, Letters [3], ca. 1930
De Luxe Saddlery Co., Baltimore, Maryland
002/002 Catalog, ca. 1934
Denver Dry Goods Co., Denver, Colorado
002/003 Catalog, 1932
002/004 Catalog, Envelope, 1933
002/005 Catalog, Order form, 1933
002/006 Catalog, 1936
002/007 Catalog, Order form, Envelopes [2], 1945
002/008 Catalog, 1948
Diamond Whip Co., Chicago, Illinois
002/009 Catalog No. 12, ca. 1903
Edward Barnard Co., Rome, New York
002/010 Illustrated Catalog No. 55, ca. 1930
Edward H. Bohlin, Hollywood, California
002/011 Catalog, 1930
002/012 Catalog, 1937
002/013 Catalog, 1941
002/014 Catalog, 1951
002/015 Catalog [1927], 1993
Equestrian Imports, Sierra Madre, California
002/016 Catalog, ca. 1970s
Franklin Saddle Shop, Ontario, Oregon
002/017 Catalog No. 69, 1969
Fred M. Stern, Ltd., San Jose, California
002/018 Catalog No. 30, ca. 1931
002/019 Catalog, 1939
002/020 Catalog, ca. 1930s
Fred Mueller Saddle & Harness Co., Denver, Colorado
003/001 Catalog No. 54, Order form, Envelope, 1928
003/002 Catalog No. 60, 1932
003/003 Catalog No. 71, Order form, 1934
003/004 Catalog No. 73, 1935
G. J. Jedlicka Saddlery, Santa Barbara, California
003/005 Catalog No. 52, ca. 1950s
Garcia Saddlery Co., Elko, Nevada
003/006 Catalog No. 21, Price list, Special offer card, 1920-1921
003/007 Catalog No. 27, Business card, Shipping tag, 1929
003/008 Catalog, ca. 1960s (Salinas, California)
George Lawrence Co., Portland, Oregon
003/009 Supplement to Catalog No. 3, 1900
003/010 Catalog No. 9, 1926
003/011 Catalog No. 10, Harness drawing photocopies [3], ca. 1927, n.d.
003/012 Catalog No. 25, ca. 1935
003/013 Catalog, 1937
003/014 Catalog No. 40, Monthly payment form, 1940
003/015 Catalog, 1941
003/016 Catalog No. 42, 1942
003/017 Catalog, 1945
003/018 Catalog No. 53 [2], 1953
003/019 Catalog No. 117, Price list, 1975
Goetz Saddlery Co., Ranson, West Virginia
004/001 Special Catalog No. 38, 1927
H. R. Miller Saddle Co., Kansas City, Missouri
004/002 Catalog, Order form, Envelope, 1961
Hamley & Co., Pendleton, Oregon
004/003 Catalog No. 2, 1912
004/004 Catalog No. 14, Reduced price list, 1919-1920
004/005 Catalog No. 15, 1920
004/006 Catalog No. 25, 1924
004/007 Catalog No. 27, Order form, Envelope, ca. 1926
004/008 Catalog No. 28, USDA pamphlet, Ticket, Letter, ca. 1927-1930, n.d.
004/009 Catalog No. 29, 1929
004/010 Catalog No. 32, 1931
004/011 Catalog No. 35, 1934
004/012 Catalog No. 36, Order form, Envelopes [2], 1936
004/013 Catalog No. 38, 1938
004/014 Catalog No. 39, 1939
005/001 Catalog No. 40, Order forms [2], 1940
005/002 Catalog No. 41, Envelope, 1941
005/003 Catalog No. 47, 1947
005/004 Catalog No. 50-51, Price changes, Order form, Envelope, 1950
005/005 Western Gift Catalog, ca. 1950
005/006 Catalog No. 53, 1953
005/007 Catalog No. 73, 1956
005/008 Catalog No. 73 Corrections, 1959
005/009 Catalog No. 77, ca. 1960
005/010 Catalog No. 78, 1963
005/011 Catalog No. 84, ca. 1975
Harpham Brothers Co., Lincoln, Nebraska
005/012 Catalog, 1909
Heiser-Keyston, Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California
005/013 Catalog No. 86, Flier, ca. 1956
005/014 Sporting Goods Catalog No. 52, Flier, 1957
Heiser-Keyston-Lichtenberger, Denver, Colorado; San Francisco & Los Angeles, California
005/015 Catalog No. 89 [2], 1963
Hermann H. Heiser Saddlery, Denver, Colorado
006/001 Catalog No. 15, ca. 1912
006/002 Catalog No. 20, Price list, 1928
006/003 Catalog No. 25, 1932
006/004 Catalog No. 26, 1933
006/005 Catalog No. 29, 1936
006/006 Catalog No. 31, 1938
006/007 Catalog No. 34, 1941
006/008 Catalog No. 35, 1942
006/009 Catalog No. 37, 1943
006/010 Catalog No. 39, 1947
006/011 Catalog, ca. 1952
006/012 Catalog No. 51, 1953
Imperial Bit & Snap Co., Racine, Wisconsin
006/013 Catalog No. 11, Net Price Sheet No. 16, ca. 1941
J. G. Read & Brothers Co., Ogden, Vermont
006/014 Catalog No. 19, ca. 1943
Jesse Beery Co., Pleasant Hill, Ohio
006/015 Catalog, ca. 1930
John Clark Saddlery Co., Portland, Oregon
006/016 Catalog No. 6, ca. 1910
007/001 Catalog No. 9, ca. 1915
Keyston Brothers, San Francisco, California
007/002 Catalog No. 30, ca. 1900
007/003 Catalog No. 61, 1928
007/004 Catalog No. 78, Price list, 1941
007/005 Catalog, 1948
007/006 Catalog No. 85, 1952
008/001 Sterling Silver Catalog, ca. 1952
008/002 Catalog No. 101, 1971
L. D. Stone & Co., San Francisco, California
008/003 Catalog, ca. 1895
008/004 Catalog No. 37, ca. 1905
Lee Saddlery, Pierre, South Dakota
008/005 Catalog No. 35, 1934
Les Garcia Manufacturing Co., Reno, Nevada
008/006 Catalog No. 66, Price list, ca. 1967-1968
008/007 Brochure, ca. 1970
008/008 Catalog No. 71, Supplements [4], Price lists [2], ca. 1972-1973
008/009 Catalog No. 80, ca. 1980 (Elko, Nevada)
Los Angeles Saddlery & Finding Co., Los Angeles, California
008/010 Catalog No. 14, 1912
M. Morales, Portland, Oregon
008/011 Catalog No. 5, Price list, 1928
Main & Winchester, San Francisco, California
014/001 Catalog No. 11, ca. 1900
Marshall-Wells Hardware Co., Duluth, Minnesota
014/002 Catalog No. 102, 1907
Marvin Smith Co., Chicago, Illinois
008/012 Catalog No. 85, 1902
Midway Harness Co., St. Paul, Minnesota
008/013 Catalog No. 76, ca. 1932
Miles City Saddlery Co., Miles City, Montana
008/014 Catalog No. 27, ca. 1905
009/001 Catalog No. 31, ca. 1910
009/002 Catalog No. 32, ca. 1915
Miller & Tietjen, Reno, Nevada
009/003 Catalog No. 6, ca. 1950
N. Porter Saddle & Harness Co., Phoenix, Arizona
009/004 Catalog No. 11, 1924
009/005 Catalog No. 18, 1930
009/006 Catalog No. 20, 1932
009/007 Catalog No. 23, ca. 1933
009/008 Catalog No. 25, 1935
009/009 Catalog No. 26 [2], 1936
009/010 Catalog No. 27, Envelope, 1937
009/011 Catalog No. 30, 1939
009/012 Catalog No. 31, Order form, 1940
009/013 Catalog No. 32, Price list, Order form, 1941-1942
009/014 Catalog No. 33, 1947
009/015 Catalog No. 34, 1948
009/016 Catalog No. 35, 1949
009/017 Catalog No. 38, 1958
009/018 Catalog No. 64, 1963
Nocona Boot Co., Nocona, Texas
010/001 Catalog No. 33, Flier, Price lists [2], Fitting sheet, 1940
North & Judd Manufacturing Co., New Britain, Connecticut
010/002 Catalog, ca. 1910
010/003 Catalog No. 83, 1916
010/004 Catalog No. 90, 1948
O. J. Snyder Saddlery, Denver, Colorado
010/005 Catalog No. 23, ca. 1932
Olsen Nolte Saddle Shop, San Francisco, California
010/006 Catalog No. 37, ca. 1940s
Otto F. Ernst, Inc., Sheridan, Wyoming
010/007 Catalog No. 14, 1931
Perforated Pad Co., Woonsocket, Rhode Island
010/008 Catalog, Price list, 1953
Platte Valley Saddle Shop, Kearney, Nebraska
010/009 Catalog, Price list, Order form, Flier, 1982
R. T. Frazier Saddlery, Pueblo, Colorado
010/010 Catalog No. 14, 1912
010/011 Catalog No. 27, 1927
010/012 Catalog No. 31, ca. 1931
010/013 Catalog No. 37, Order form, Envelope, ca. 1937
Ray Holes Saddle Co., Grangeville, Indiana
011/001 Catalog No. 53, ca. 1950
011/002 Catalog No. 80, Price list, Order form, Advertisement, 1984
Renalde, Crockett & Kelly, Denver, Colorado
011/003 Catalog No. 65, 1965
011/004 Catalog No. 68, Price list, 1967
011/005 Catalog No. 70, Price list, 1970
Ricardo, Denver, Colorado
011/006 Catalog No. 268, ca. 1965
Rowell Saddle Co., Hayward, California
011/007 Catalog No. 10, Price list, 1944-1947
011/008 Catalog No. 54, Price list, Saddletree catalog, 1954
011/009 Catalog, 1958
S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co., Pueblo, Colorado
011/010 Catalog No. 18, Envelope, ca. 1915
011/011 Catalog No. 22, ca. 1920
S. D. Myres Saddle Co., El Paso, Texas
011/012 Catalog [Spanish language], ca. 1920s
011/013 Catalog, 1940
011/014 Holsters-Belts Catalog, ca. 1944
011/015 Catalog, Price list, 1954
Scheffer & Rossum Co., St. Paul, Minnesota
011/016 Catalog No. 21, Price list, 1924
Schoellkopf Co., Dallas, Texas
011/017 Catalog No. 31, Company history [Photocopy], 1940, n.d.
Stockman-Farmer Supply Co., Denver, Colorado
011/018 Catalog No. 40, Order form, Envelope, 1932
Stormes Saddle Co. Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
011/019 Catalog, 1979
011/020 Catalog, ca. 1981
Van Voorhies-Phinney Co., Sacramento, California
011/021 Catalog No. 28, ca. 1920
011/022 Catalog No. 31, Price lists [2], 1922
011/023 Catalog No. 83, Special Catalog-Saddles, Fliers [2], Envelope, 1940
Victor Ario Saddlery Co., Great Falls, Montana
012/001 Catalog No. 47, 1942
Visalia Stock Saddle Co., San Francisco, California
012/002 Catalog, 1894
012/003 Temporary Catalog No. 18, ca. 1911
012/004 Special Catalog No. 24, ca. 1929
012/005 Catalog No. 25, Order form, Envelope, ca. 1930
012/006 Catalog No. 29, 1933
012/007 Catalog No. 30, 1934
012/008 Catalog No. 31, 1935
012/009 Catalog No. 31 [Different cover], 1935
012/010 Catalog No. 32, 1940
012/011 Catalog No. 33, Price list, 1947
012/012 Condensed Catalog No. 34, ca. 1950
012/013 Catalog No. 35, Price list, 1952 (Sacramento, California)
012/014 Catalog No. 35, Price list, 1957 (Sacramento, California)
012/015 Catalog No. 36, Flier, 1960 (Sacramento, California)
012/016 Catalog, Catalog supplement, Price lists [2], 1968-1969 (Castro Valley, California)
012/017 Catalog No. 101, Price list, 1972 (Grass Valley, California)
012/018 Catalog No. 102, 1984 (Fresno, California)
W. Davis & Sons, , San Francisco, California
012/019 Catalog No. 24, ca. 1880
012/020 Catalog, 1897
013/001 Catalog, 1898
013/002 Price List No. 29, 1917
013/003 Catalog & Price List No. 30, 1918
Walker & Wade,
013/004 Illustrated price list, 1891
Wallace & Smith Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
013/005 Catalog No. 20, ca. 1912
Walsh Richardson Co., Sacramento, California
013/006 Catalog No. 20, 1910
Western Saddle Manufacturing Co., Denver, Colorado
013/007 Price List No. 35, Order form, Envelope, 1928
013/008 Price List No. 42, 1932
013/009 Price List No. 51, 1936
013/010 Price List No. 62, ca. 1940
White & Davis, Pueblo, Colorado
013/011 Catalog No. 23, 1924
013/012 Catalog No. 34, 1929
013/013 Catalog No. 35, 1930
Wyeth Hardware & Manufacturing Co., St. Joseph, Missouri
013/014 Saddlery Catalog No. 177, 1927
Harpham Brothers Co., no location given
013/015 Catalog, 1990
Walker & Wade, San Francisco & Visalia, California
013/016 Catalog, 1887
Series 2: Photographs, ca. 1887-ca. 1990
Box/Folder # Folder Title/Description
013/015 Harpham Brothers Co. building, ca. 1990 [2]
013/016 Walker & Wade promotional cabinet card, ca. 1887 [1]
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