Frontier Times Magazine - May 1981 Issue

The May 1981 issue of Frontier Times magazine is jam packed with lots of stories and information on the old west. First of all, this superb, well cared for issue comes from a private collection. It consists of 68 pages of intensely interesting material concerning the old west. This May 1981 issue is for sale for $15.00, which includes shipping. It was appraised at $20.00.

Here's the Table of Contents:

  • Trails grown dim
  • Frontier post
  • Training for Africa at Medicine Creek
  • Those valiant first settlers of the Altamont Moraine
  • The dance at Quemado
  • A lot of hungry hogs
  • Indian totem poles--why they exist
  • The mascot of Fort Bridger
  • Western book roundup
  • Cora Bennett's story
  • The Rocky Mountain slavers
  • Presidential chair maker--Seth Kinman
  • Nuggets
  • Nine early western painters
The cover was attributed to Joe Rader Roberts, and it was called "Defiance."
You're probably already familiar with the feature WMD story, entitled "How Henry Stanley Found Dr. Livingstone in Africa By Way of the American Frontier" (click here to read it), so let's start with another story in this issue of the magazine entitled "Indian totem poles--why they exist."

Indian totem poles--why they exist

One interesting story in this issue of Frontier Times is that of the "Indian totem poles--why they exist," which begins on page 30. Written by Paul N. Luvera Sr., he tells all about totem poles, how he makes them, and why they were so prevalent among Indian tribes of the old west. I'm not advocating the theory on how the tradition of totem poles came to be, as espoused by the author, but the carvings that he exhibits in the story are absolutely beautiful. To illustrate just how skilled the author was in this story, I'm including pictures of the pages (low res whole pages), to be followed by crops of the images, or at least parts thereof.




The condition of this issue of Frontier Times is extremely good. As with any magazine that's nearly 40 years old, there is a little discoloration of the pages, but these magazines have been stored for decades out of sight of the sun.

Training for Africa at Medicine Creek

On page 9, the story "Training for Africa at Medicine Creek," by Lawrence Doorley, begins. The focus of his magazine story is the education that Henry M. Stanley, the famous African explorer, received by way of the old west four years before departing to fulfill his legacy. I'm not going to repeat this week's front page story in this magazine review, but here's a link that will enable you to read it for yourself: click here. Note that this will open up a new window in your browser, allowing you to readily return to this page so you can continue reading.
The following are low-resolution full page scans, which will give you a good idea what the images are like as well as the condition of each page:
Here are the images that appeared in the WMD story:

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