Framed print of the Painted Desert Trading Post on Route 66. Navajo, Arizona.
This is a medium format 120 film shot taken with a WOCA 120G camera featuring characteristic light bleeds and coloration (reflections on the glass are not included). Signed print is 12" x 12" in a 17" x 17" handmade frame of salvaged and stained poplar. $60.00 + $30.00 shipping.
The Painted Desert Trading Post sits along an unused part of Route 66 in eastern Arizona, just beside the charmingly-named Dead Wash. It was opened by Dotch Windsor, a cattle rancher from Runningwater, Texas, and his then-wife, Alberta, after World War II. At first it was called simply "Dotch Windsor's Trading Post," but eventually "Painted Desert" was added to the name in an effort to attract more travelers. Not that Dotch is said to have ever done much serious trading besides gasoline and whatever other assistance tourists in way over their heads might need, this being a remote place even when Route 66 was in full swing. One thing that did lure some visitors was an advertised "150-Pound Canary." But folks may not have been too happy when they saw it because it was really just an old burro, what prospectors would sometimes call a "canary of the desert." The trading post closed in the mid-1950s, plans to bypass this part of 66 already then in the works.