Hollywood, CA: Edward H. Bohlin, (1951). 1st. Original wrappers. First Edition. Oblong 8vo. (9 x 12"). 36 pp. Black & white illustrations of Bohlin silver and leather products on every page with product details & pricing including 2 pp color displaying cowboy boots. Green illustrated staplebound wrappers. Age toning; some creasing; owner address stamps; still a very good copy of an uncommon and early Bohlin catalog. Item #18132
Offerings include saddles, gloves, vests, bits, head stalls, collars, boots, chaps, spurs, belts, buckles, cuff links, pins and much more. Born in Sweden in 1895, Edward Bohlin ran away from home at age 15, working his way to America on a huge four-mast schooner with dreams of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West in his head. He opened his first saddle shop in Cody, Wyoming where he did rope tricks in front of his shop to draw business. While performing his rope tricks at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, Bohlin met Tom Mix who persuaded him to stay and produce silver and leather items in the Los Angeles area. From his humble beginnings to his fame in Hollywood for high-end pieces, Ed crafted more than 12,000 Bohlin saddles including many grand silver outfits of Tournament of Roses Parade fame. He also dressed many silver screen heroes and horses with his grand style of buckles, spurs and gun belts. His company was without equal among western style silversmiths building a reputation on flawless workmanship. The Edward H Bohlin company, which operated from the early 1920s through the 1980s reached its apex in the 1930s when the Hollywood cowboys reigned supreme. Bohlin was a stickler for details and employed the finest silver and leather workers of his era to satisfy discriminating clients including Tom Mix , Monte Hale, Buck Jones, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), John Wayne , Gene Autry , as well as Mae West , PK Wrigley, Prince in the Orient and US Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. - High Noon.