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Cowboy Bolo Ties a symbol of the relaxed and rugged nature of the American West
Even before what is generally recognized as a bolo tie today, the scarf slide or Cowboy Bolo Tie was adorning the neck on many men in the Southwest. As a symbol of the relaxed and rugged nature of the American West, the bolo tie directly contradicted the business suits of the East Coast. Commercially available by 1956, the bolo tie became instantly recognizable, and the silver and leather look has been adopted as the official state neckwear in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
By February 1956, bolo ties were popular enough that we have found advertisements for the still popular “Western Bolo Tie With a Real Scorpion” imbedded in clear resin or plastic.
Relating the rise in popularity of the bolo tie with the popular culture of the 1950s, the exhibition examines TV westerns and the characters that donned the neckwear, such as the Cisco Kid and Hopalong Cassidy, who was recognizable in his gold and silver longhorn scarf slide during his time on TV during the 1950s.
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