Lives of the real Wild West cowboys revealed in fascinating unseen pics by British farmhand 130 years ago

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FASCINATING never-before-seen photos of cowboys in the Wild West have come to light 130 years later.

The historical images were taken by a British farm worker and show life on the ranches of Colorado and New Mexico in the US in the 1880s.

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A group of cowboys race towards the camera in a stunning historical snap[/caption]

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The incredible pictures were taken by a British-born farm worker in the 1880s[/caption]

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Two cowboys relax against a tree after a hard day’s work[/caption]

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The pictures were taken at ranches in Colorado and New Mexico[/caption]

One dramatic picture captures the thrilling moment a group of cowboys ride towards the camera with hats held aloft.

The unnamed Brit photographer would have documented his travel experience using these images which he collated into an album he brought back to the UK.

The snaps have been put up for sale from the deceased estate of a private collector from Surrey.

They will go under the hammer with Flints Auctions, of Reading, Berks, who expect them to fetch £500.

While the bulk of the images are believed to have been taken by the farmhand, the album also contains 13 larger prints by a professional photographer of the era, W.A White.

There are pictures of cattle ranching and farming, as well as snaps of a cattle round up and bustling street scenes in Taos, Santa Fe on San Geronimo day, a religious celebration.

In addition, there are breathtaking pictures of the Spanish Peaks in Colorado which the Ute Indians named ‘Huajatolla’, which translates as the ‘breasts of the Earth’.

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A locomotive train emerges from a tunnel near Raton on the Santa Fe railroad[/caption]

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A Good Friday ceremony in the main square of Santa Fe, New Meico[/caption]

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This picture, which is more than 100-years-old, shows cattle being branded on the open plains[/caption]

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Cowboys vaccinating a steer in the old west[/caption]

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A wood carrier and his mule in the 1880s[/caption]

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A child cowboy in training on an older horse[/caption]

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An enigmatic cowboy patrols the plains in the wild west[/caption]

Keith Petts, director at Flints Auctions, said: “These are wonderful early images of cowboys and it is quite rare to find this breadth of images documenting every day life on the ranches at the time.

“It was not until the 1890s that amateur photography really took off in the US.

“The album has been consigned from the family of a deceased estate of a collector of cameras and photos.

“It is possible that a British man went over from Surrey in the late 1880s to work on the ranches in America and kept this photographic record, bringing it back with him at some point.”

The historic American cowboy, immortalised in Wild West films, arose from the vaquero – or cattle driver – traditions of northern Mexico.

The sale takes place on June 21.

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A cowboy on the range – the collection of pictures over a fascinating glimpse into life in the old west[/caption]

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Another snap of the locomotive on the Raton Pass in New Mexico[/caption]

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The collection of images is expected to fetch £500 at the sale in Reading[/caption]

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Experts have praised the ‘rare’ images which show every day life in the nostalgic period of US history[/caption]


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