Originally featured in Points West, Fall 2007
Charles Belden photograph of a girl with a lamb
On the back of this photograph, Charles Belden wrote, “This little orphan seems to have found a pretty good substitute for its wooly mother.”
Belden, who lived and worked at the Pitchfork Ranch (1914 –1940) outside Meeteetse, Wyoming, was a prolific photographer. His collection of 2,500 photographs document ranch life in northwest Wyoming during the first half of the twentieth century.
Charles Belden (1887 – 1966). Black and white photograph. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Belden. MS 67 Charles Belden Collection. PN.67.544
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