RAY STRANG PRINTS - ARIZONA HIGHWAYS, NOVEMBER, 1945

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GREAT COLLECTIBLE ISSUE OF ARIZONA MAGAZINE FEATURING SIX CLASSIC ORIGINAL WESTERN COWBOY PRINTS BY PAINTER RAY STRANG.

RAY C. STRANG BORN IN SANDOVAL, ILLINOIS IN 1893 WAS AN AMERICAN WESTERN ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR. HE WAS EDUCATED AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS. HE WAS AN ILLUSTRATOR FOR SUCH MAGAZINES AS THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, AMERICAN MAGAZINE, LADIES HOME JOURNAL AND HARPER'S BEFORE MOVING WEST TO ARIZONA WHERE HE SPECIALIZED IN NOSTALGIC DEPICTIONS OF THE WILD WEST AND PRAIRIE LIFE.

ACCORDING TO THE LEAD ARTICLE: "RAY STRANG LIKES TO PAINT HORSES. KNOWING THEM SO WELL, HE THNKS HE DOES THEM BETTER, BUT THEREIN, A GLANCE AT THE ACCOMPANYING COLOR REPRODUCTON OF SOME OF HIS OTHER WORKS, WILL REVEAL JUSTIFIABLE ROOM FOR ARGUMENT."

"STRANG CAME TO ARIZONA AS A PERMANENT RESIDENT IN 1937 AND BUILT A HOUSE ON A 60 ACRE DESERT TRACT ATOP A HILL NEAR TUCSON WITH A WIDE VALLEY SWEEP AND RUGGED MOUNTAINS AS FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS AND BRILLIANT SUNSETS NEARLY EVERY EVENING WHICH COULD CHALLENGE THE SOUL OF ANY ARTIST...IT WAS DIFFICULT AT FIRST, HE SAYS, TO REGARD EVENTS OF 1860 AND 1870 AS HISTORY...HE COULDN'T FIND THE OLD WEST FOR WHICH HE WAS LOOKING. THEN IT CAME TO HIM SUDDENLY AND FORCEFULLY THAT THE OLD WEST IS STILL LIVING. THE YOUNG MEN IN THEIR LEVI'S AMD HIGH-HEELED BOOTS WHOM HE SAW ON THE STREETS WERE ACTUALLY COWBOYS, MEN OF THE RANGE LANDS, LITTLE DIFFERENT TODAY THAN THEIR FATHERS AND GRANDFATHERS OF FIFTY OR SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS PREVIOUSLY. HE VISITED A WORKING RANCH FOUND THAT A COWHAND STILL MAKES HIS LIVING ON A HORSE, SPENDS LONG AND TEDIOUS DAYS IN THE SADDLE, SLEEPS ON BEDROLL, GATHERS AROUND CHUCK-WAGONS OR COOKS HIS OWN MEALS ON A CAMPFIRE. HE BEGAN TO GET THE FEEL OF THE WEST AND PUT IT FAITHFULLY ON CANVAS."

THE WESTERN THEMED MAGAZINE ALSO SHOWS THE HOMES IN TUCSON OF WALT COBURN, WRITER OF WESTERN TALES AND ERSKINE CALDWELL, AUTHOR OF TOBACCO ROAD .

OTHER ARTICLES:

"IN THE CATALINA FOOTHILLS", BY JERRY McLAIN

"FALL ROUNDUP" BY HAL MITCHELL

"GUEST RANCHING OUT WICKENBURG WAY" BY EWALD A STEIN

"ARIZONA ELK" BY CHARLES C. NIEHUIS

"MT. LEMON" BY CLIFTON ABBOTT

"PINON", BY HOLLIS PALMER

"IN OLD TUCSON" BY JOSEPH MILLER

FEATURES:

TUCSON HOMES IN COLOR

RAY STRANG PAINTINGS

AUTUMN

ETCHINGS BY JACK VAN RYDER

KODCHROMES IN TUCSON

THE STRANG PRINTS ARE THEMSELVES WORTH IT AS THEY CAN BE FRAMED, MATTED AND DISPLAYED. THE HISTORIC CELEBRITY HOMES OF TUCSON ARE A BONUS AS ARE THE GREAT STORIES ON WESTERN ROUNDUPS AND GUEST RANCHING IN A BYGONE ERA.

THIS MAGAZINE IS COMPLETE AND INTACT. THE COVER IS WORN AND TORN IN THE FOLDS AND EDGES AND HAS SEPARATED FROM THE BODY OF THE MAGAZINE, BUT THE INSIDE IS WELL PROTECTED. THE PRINT IS CLEAR AND ILLUSTRATIONS ARE SHARP AND CLEAR.

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