This photo was taken in Montana in 1940. Calves are being branded by their owners, the Pattons. Livestock branding method remains almost the same, and it is made by a burning iron.
WILD WEST STORES
The owners of the stores usually began as roving peddlers, but then, when they gathered enough capital and inventory, they settled in villages, camps or near train stations, creating the firsts General Stores of the area.