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Whimsical pictorial map of Wyoming in a comic art drawing style typical of the 1930s, by an artist best known for his documentary photographs of the state. In an original artistic device, the map is depicted as a mural being painted by four Native Americans, two standing on the ground and two on ladders. The cartography is simple, with place names, mountain ranges and major highways indicated, the latter crisscrossing the state with bright red lines.
The map is filled with small illustrations with captions, some showing recreational activities such as skiing, bronco riding and fishing, and others referring to the state’s history. These are generally irreverent. Yellowstone Park has the slogan, “It’s All Yours” and is decorated with a spouting geyser and waving park rangers under slogans such as “Don’t feed the bears,” and “Yes, fishing is free.” A banjo-playing settler is perched atop a covered wagon blazoned “Oregon or Bust,” while a woman pokes her head out the back under the comment, “Do we go by way of Hollywood?” In Hell’s Half Acre, a red devil brandishing a pitchfork chases away a frightened couple.
Thomas G. (Tom) Carrigen grew up in Denver, Colorado, and attended the University of Denver. He served in the army for two years during World War I, and after the war worked a variety of jobs before opening a photography studio in Casper, Wyoming, in 1922. With his wife and daughter, he operated the business for over 35 years, retiring in 1958. He left behind a collection of approximately 30,000 images of portraits, events and landscapes, which are housed in the collection of the Wyoming State Archives as a significant documentary record of mid-20th-century Casper. A selection of these photos was published in the 2003 book A View from Center Street: Tom Carrigen's Casper by Mark Junge.
The Prairie Publishing Company operated during the early and mid 20th century in Casper, Wyoming.
“The Photography of Thomas G. Carrigen.” WyomingState Archives. http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/carrigencollection.htm (11 November 2008).