|Catalog Number||X1975.24.15 a-b|
|Artist||Clarke, John L. (1881-1970)|
|Dimensions||H-26.3 W-20.4 cm|
One-page illustrated letter (a).
It is entitled "We hunted elk / went hunting Trouble through the wind fall logs where the elk run away from hunting." It depicts two red-jacketed hunters scrambling through downed timbers while elk run away from them through the trees. The text on the obverse reads "Great Falls Mont / Feb 26, 1941 / Peanut Cut Bank / Dear Friend / am still teaching art [.] Today this weather is warm. yesterday it got cold ze[r]o down for 4 days[.] I hope to get it from Cut Bank soon[.] When I got death cotton & bark near the river where I saw some pheasant, Cina hens here / over." Text continues on reverse "If you want to see the old cow-boys here soon / There are lot of cowboy coming to the convention of this month." Beneath this - a man face on, a sideview of an old cowboy walking with a cane, a cowboy on a bucking bronc, and a cowboy sitting by his horse watching a herd of cattle. Beneath this, across the bottom third of the page, an illustration of graphite and black crayon, depicts a wagon pulled by two teams of oxen; a man rides beside the wagon on a horse; a dog is chasing a rabbit through the brush in the foreground, and there's another wagon and mountains in the background.
The envelope (b) is post marked "Great Falls, Mont / Feb 27 4:30 pm / 1941." On the left half is an illustration in ink depicting a walking cowboy leading his horse, with rocky cliffs in the background. It is addressed to "Mr. & Mrs. L.C. Dukes / Cut Bank / Box 2820 / Montana"