Wish I knew more about this photo. Where, and when, it was taken. What the story is behind it. (Also wish I had a higher-resolution version of it.)
It’s widely known that Bill Elliott patterned much of his “peaceable man” persona after his idol, the great silent cowboy star William S. Hart. Hart passed away in 1946, which is the only way I know to date this. To meet him must’ve been a real thrill for Wild Bill. If anybody knows more about this, please let me know. (I’ll put my wife and 50s Westerns staff researcher Jennifer on the case. If she digs something up, we’ll revisit this.)
It takes someone like Hart to make a sweater vest look cool.