FC: Women of the West: Saloon Girls | By: Will G. and Carly M.
1: CAMPING | Saloon girls at the Saloon | A saloon girl's job was to entertain guests, sing, dance, talk and perhaps flirt with customers. Thus seducing people to remain in the bar and buying more drinks.
2: Saloon Women | Most girls were country girls drawn to these happening saloons by posters and handouts advertising great money for easy work, with fine clothing included. Others were widows or women of good morals in need of a job. Hard to earn a living in an era that offered few means for women to do so.
3: Not all saloons employed saloon girls | An old Pioneer Saloon | The Old West saloon creates images of gunfights, heavy drinking, dancing girls and brawling cowboys and gunfighters.
4: This a the saloon for Saloon Girls. The Saloon Girl's job was to brighten the nights of lonely men, who were starved for female companionship. Contrary to what many might think, the Saloon Girl was not a prostitute. Prostitution only occurred in the very shabbiest class of Saloon women.
5: Earning as much as $10 per week, most saloon girls also made a commission from the drinks that they sold.
6: Bon Ton Saloon in Nevadaville, Colorado in 1937 | Notice how the Saloon has barely changed over 60 years later. | The Bon Ton Saloon, August, 2003,
7: Most girls were country girls drawn to these happening saloons by posters and handouts advertising great money for easy work, with fine clothing included. Others were widows or women of good morals in need of a job. Hard to earn a living in an era that offered few means for women to do so.
8: Saloons were nice places to work for the saloon girls because they could count on respect from the males. The saloon girls didn't get why the “respectable women” would subject themselves to go through the work& pain of child bearing, tending animals, and or help their husbands with the grunt work of “an honest living”. | "respectable" women of that time looked down upon saloon girls, yet considered them far above prostitutes.
9: Woman in the West usually resorted in becoming a Saloon Girl because it was one the best paying jobs for woman, at the time. The Saloon Girl holds such an important part in the American imagination. | Some women became prostitutes after being deserted by their husbands.
10: Single women were in short supply in the American West
11: Even today, we can still see the remnants of these saloons & the purposes they served as well as what they stood for (a good time where people can chase their cares away).