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Why do cowboys wear handkerchiefs around their necks?


I've been watching a lot of old western movies and television shows lately and I notice that the cowboys wear handkerchiefs around their necks. Is it a fashion piece, like the ties of today, or does the handkerchief serve a purpose?

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Faith Reaper says

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    tbHistorian 3 years ago

    correct - and it was used during violent dust storms to cover the mouth and nose to keep out the debris.

    rustlers also used it to hide their identity when stealing animals from the good guys.


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Tim Mitchell (tsmog) says

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