16-page brochure, 6x9 inches, telling the story of William S. Hart and highlighting some of the collection, n.d. (1960s). No earlier than 1962 (because it includes the bison donated in that year by Walt Disney);
no later than 1968 (when Milton B. Arthur retired from the County Parks and Recreation Commission).
William S. Hart was an actor. He entered the movies at age 49. He wanted producers and audiences to think he was younger than he actually was — his string of leading ladies were in their 20s —
so he knocked 10 years off of his age. For whatever reason,
this brochure carries forward the fiction that he was born in 1874. In fact he was born in 1864, so he was 82, not 72, when he died in 1946.
The brochure shows some of the revolvers in Hart's collection and says they're on exhibit in the museum. Ever since an early-1990s burglary, no guns have been displayed or stored
on the property.
Of interest, the brochure states that the original, circa-1910 ranch house was a board-and-batten structure and that it was "remodeled to its present state in 1922."
LW3187: Brochure purchased 2017 by Leon Worden. Download individual pages here