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the rambling boy

September 21st, 2017

A poster by Jim Franklin, the Galveston artist, illustrator, and underground cartoonist best known for art he created for the Armadillo World Headquarters. His armadillo images became a symbol of the hippie counterculture movement in Texas, and he also created album art for Shiva’s Headband’s and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen’s live …

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rambling boy

September 14th, 2017

Pancho Villa(photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

The Mexican revolutionist in Texas and U.S. history

By LONN TAYLOR

Recently a historian I have been corresponding with in Washington, D.C. asked me if Pancho Villa had ever visited Marfa. I answered that he had not, but then I thought about it. Villa was reputed to have been …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

September 7th, 2017

Grandfather Taylor and chicken, Fort Worth, 1915.

Rent a chicken and don’t fly the coop

By LONN TAYLOR

The backyard chicken coop is an American tradition as old as the Pilgrims and apple pie. I have a photograph of my grandfather, also named Lon Taylor (but with just one “n”), taken about 1915. He is wearing a …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

August 24th, 2017

Few Confederate monuments in the Big Bend but Wild Rose County has a certain ring to it

By LONN TAYLOR

For the past two years this nation has been racked by controversy about Confederate monuments and buildings named after Confederates.

Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County, and historic Ft. Davis were named after Jefferson Davis before he became …

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the rambling boy

August 18th, 2017

Zoe Kurland at the mic.

Zoe Kurland: a child of the movies, the future of radio

By LONN TAYLOR

Zoe Scarlett Kurland became a set brat at the age of eight, when a person she describes as “a mischievous production assistant” showed her how to drive a golf cart and she spent her afternoons zipping through the …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

August 10th, 2017

Barded wire, rail, worm, pole, palisade, picket, chicken wire fences

By LONN TAYLOR

A rail fence in East Texas, 1939.(photo by Russell Lee, courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Texans did not always have barbed wire, or “bob wahr”, as my rancher uncles called it. The barbed wire fencing that is now ubiquitous across the state was …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

August 3rd, 2017

The Rambling Boy at three years old.(photo by Clason Taylor, 1943)

Time traveling with a trove of old photos

By LONN TAYLOR

My father was an avid amateur photographer, and a very good one. He started taking pictures shortly after he and my mother were married in 1932, using a German Welta folding camera that took cut …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

July 27th, 2017

La Reunion, a Fourier utopian settlement, bites the dust

By LONN TAYLOR

The French economic philosopher Charles Fourier. (image courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Last week a Dallas friend wrote to chastise me for not mentioning La Reunion, the French socialist utopian community founded just west of Dallas in 1855, in my July 13 column on …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

July 20th, 2017

Candelaria’s Kilpatrick vs. the U.S. Army

By LONN TAYLOR

Texas has seen some famous feuds, but few have matched in intensity or amount of vituperative language exchanged the one that raged between Candelaria, Texas cotton planter James Judson Kilpatrick and the entire United States Army between 1918 and 1921. The feud had its origins in a clash …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

July 13th, 2017

The Storming of the Bastille(image courtesy Library of Congress)

Vive la French Bastille Day

By LONN TAYLOR

Tomorrow, July 14, is Bastille Day, a holiday that is not normally celebrated in the United States except in French restaurants. It commemorates the seizure of the Bastille, a 14th-century fortress that once protected the eastern approaches to Paris, by …

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