February 20, 2019

25 Vintage Photos of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

However you feel about the annual tradition of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, you have to admit that it is embedded into the city's culture. From the furry animals to the live entertainment and everything inbetween, here's a look at the rodeo from years past – most notably from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

Photos courtesy of UTSA Libraries Digital Collections
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Remember when Lassie was hot shit and everyone wanted to meet her? Some local kids got to do just that at the rodeo in 1963.
Remember when Lassie was hot shit and everyone wanted to meet her? Some local kids got to do just that at the rodeo in 1963.
Yep, that's Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner. They performed at the rodeo in 1970.
Yep, that's Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner. They performed at the rodeo in 1970.
What's the rodeo without the rodeo clowns? Not very fun. Here's Jack Kemp (left) and Jimmy Schumacher.
What's the rodeo without the rodeo clowns? Not very fun. Here's Jack Kemp (left) and Jimmy Schumacher.
This cow is so Texan even it's wearing a cowboy hat.
This cow is so Texan even it's wearing a cowboy hat.
Here's the grand champion steer at the inaugural SA Livestock Exposition and Auction in 1950. It was a 950-pound Hereford that sold for $8,550 at $9 per pound.
Here's the grand champion steer at the inaugural SA Livestock Exposition and Auction in 1950. It was a 950-pound Hereford that sold for $8,550 at $9 per pound.
Half of the fun of the rodeo is all about fashion.
Half of the fun of the rodeo is all about fashion.
We definitely would have gone up to Lone Star Brewing Company's booth at the 1952 rodeo.
We definitely would have gone up to Lone Star Brewing Company's booth at the 1952 rodeo.
"Now watch me whip..." – this horse, probably
"Now watch me whip..." – this horse, probably
In this 1970 photo, a judge can be seen inspecting cattle.
In this 1970 photo, a judge can be seen inspecting cattle.
Remember Rex Allen? Here he is getting a key to a Thunderbird that he used while in SA for his rodeo appearance. That there on the right is Red McCombs giving him the key.
Remember Rex Allen? Here he is getting a key to a Thunderbird that he used while in SA for his rodeo appearance. That there on the right is Red McCombs giving him the key.