Ralph R. Doubleday: Rodeo Photographer

Ralph R. Doubleday, photographer most known for his rodeo images, is featured in this small virtual exhibit that complements the Guide to the Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs and the traveling exhibit Doubleday’s Cowgirls: Women in Rodeo. Foghorn Clancy, rodeo promoter, agent and historian, called Doubleday the “undisputed World’s Champion Rodeo Photographer.” Clancy wrote, “Ralph was the first rodeo photographer, and noted in his field because in those days there were not many photographers who would risk camera and film, not to mention life and limb, trying to get action pictures.”
Ralph R. Doubleday with his camera, ca. 1945. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1645
Cowgirls Alice and Marge Greenough, ca. 1935. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1663
Rose Smith studio portrait, ca. 1925. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1739
Seven cowgirls and a mule, ca. 1925. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1744
Fox Hastings, Mable Strickland, and Bea Kirnan, San Antonio, Texas, ca. 1925. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1857
Nichols taking a spill from Stranger, Bliss, Oklahoma, 1924. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.0973

 

J. W. Harris on Gold Spot, Tucson, Arizona, ca. 1925. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.0983

 

Chug Wilson thrown from Broken Box, Chicago, Illinois, 1926. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1045
Mose Patnode on Home Brew, Pendleton, Oregon, ca. 1925. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1120
John Thomson leaving Gold Bond, Mandan, North Dakota, ca. 1945. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.1121

Unidentified cowboy trapped beneath bronc which has fallen on its back, ca. 1945. Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs 79.026.3603

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