[quote=“Cheyenne, post:11, topic:1415”]From what I know, and it aint much…
Dusters were made of linnen and used to keep the dust of your clothes,
what ever you wore under them. Range coats were made of canvas or oil cloth
but many were painted with house paint to make and keep them water proof.
Yup, probably good old oil base lead paint. So they could be what ever color the
paint hapen to be. Civil war era tar impregnated rain coats were also used in
the old west. They were like a pocho of sorts, and were all black in color.
Everything was in short supply so what ever you had you used or made due
with. Just My 2 cents!
The common name for the range coats of the kind you describe were either “slickers” or “fish.” The typical rain gear worn in the West is what John Ford shows in My Darling Clementine: a linen or cotton coat, at least ankle length, that was painted with oil-based paint, just as Cheyenne describes. The most common color was bright yellow. This kind of coat was shown by both Frederic Remington and Charles Russell.
Also, it is my impression that shortages of manufactured goods and supplies was not the usual situation in the Old West. There were stores everywhere, even in the so-called “Hells on Wheels” - the traveling towns that followed the railroad gangs. Pictures of Western towns always show buildings crowded with signs offering every kind of product. Newspapers in the Old West were crammed with advertisements for items in the shops, including the new mass-produced men’s clothing. Cowboys coming off the cattle trails in places like Dodge City typically threw all of their clothes away and bought everything brand new with their pay. Laundries were common as well, both French and Chinese. So, in the real Old West, your only excuse for looking shabby in town was that you had no money.