Most of us are familiar with the image of Teddy Roosevelt the rugged outdoorsman. Clad in buckskin and clutching a rifle, or posing with a hunting trophy, he seemed the epitome of manly sportsmanship at the turn of the century, and he used that reputation to push for laws protecting lands and wildlife. In this episode, Mallory Huard introduces us to the women who picked up rod and gun as part of the Progressive Conservation movement, and how they were depicted in images, advertisements, magazines, and newspapers.
Trapshooting: The Sport Alluring for Men and Women ad
Hammond, Harriet D., Scrapbook on trapshooting, 1911-1915
Hercules Powder Company calendar illustrations and Laflin and Rand display cards
Banner image: Advertisement for Trapshooting; from Country Life in America (1913), Hagley Digital Archive
Mallory Huard is a Ph.D. candidate in history and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Find them on Twitter @PSUHistory.