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The Lone Bookrider!

This Bookrider is near Booneville, Owsley County in 1936. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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This lady is making a scrapbook of news items for distribution by Bookriders. 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books (and scrapbooks) in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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With rare exceptions, Bookriders were women. Here a man wearing riding boots is helping pack the saddlebags. Bookrider? 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Given the mountainside log cabin with no windows, it is hard to believe this is likely from a 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Nan “Two-Gun” Aspinwall (1880-1964) was a performer for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. In 1910, she rode her Thoroughbred mare, Lady Ellen, from San Francisco to New York, the first woman to do so. The 4496-mile trip took 180 days in the saddle.

I found this while researching for my story, Beware the Blue Lady, a story about the Bookriders. Nan Aspinwall rode wearing a split skirt and pants, which was against the law in 1910. Thirty years later, lady Bookriders wore the same attire. To my knowledge, their attire was legal.

 

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Bookriders 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback. These 8 women (ca. 1938) are ready to head into the hills with books. Some are riding mules, which are sure-footed on rugged terrain. I believe this is Hyden, Kentucky.

My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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Bookriders 1934-1943 WPA project to distribute books in eastern Kentucky on horseback. This Bookrider is handing a book to the other woman. (ca. 1940) County is unknown.
My dad spent the summer in hinterlands of Cumberland County Kentucky in 1940 when he was a kid. I wonder if he met a Bookrider. I will likely never know.
My story is Beware the Blue Lady, part of a Bookriders anthology.

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