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Pictorial exhibit about my dad's life from the 1930's to 1997A.  The Pictorial Exhibit Details      The making of the pictorial exhibit took a lot of work and time.   But it was fun and it helped me learn that I too have some artistic abilities.

 You too can make any pictorial exhibit design.  It takes motive and concentration.  Mostly, it takes love for the individual depicted on the Exhibit.

Some people show pictures from an album.  Some are fortunate to have film of their loved ones.  Sad to say, many have nothing.  Maybe things were lost or may be collections of any sort were ignored and discarded.

What can be done about a loss?

For those people who have nothing to show about a member of your family or some physical property to make or imitate for your memorial, ask some of these questions. 

Do you remember the loved one wearing a hat?  Draw that hat or have a picture of it for the Pictorial exhibit. 

For all of you lacking in “Stuff”, start writing down events.  It can be two sentences.  It is similar to a diary.  After a long time, you will have something to write about.

I had to dig around to find things such as pictures or other related items.  Don’t think you can not make a pictorial exhibit.  Read about mine and I hope it will give you some ideas.  Let me know or question me in the comments section here on this Post.

Write on various colored paper.  Then go to an Office Products company and have your stories laminated.  Have an artist draw something for you to present your exhibit.

The pictorial exhibit and its design was the best way to show the artistic genius of my dad.   By designing and making an 8-feet long pictorial exhibit out of heavy wood, I was able to depict dad’s life story from the various events that had been included.

I started with a board similar to Plywood.  Maybe it was a Veneer.  I do know that the man who worked there cut two sides equally to fold to the center and used hinges of some sort to be able to move it back and forth.

   Pictorial exhibit made of plywood

How is it all divided into parts?
The How To Calculate the Parts:

Calculations:  The full length is 8 feet.  That makes it to 96 inches which is the center of the plywood board.  {8 feet times 12 inches in a foot equals 96 inches.} 

96 inches is the center of the board.  From the center to the end of the board is 1/2 of 96 inches.  That comes to 48 inches. 

Now if you can find someone who can cut a straight line with a knife a cut is made all the way down from top to bottom of the board.   So.  1/2 of the 48 inches which would be 24 inches us the measurement to cut all the way down to the bottom.

When someone measures from the end toward the center. it will be 48 inches, but when he cuts the 24 inches from the end and applies hinges of some sort that would equal all the parts, that side is ready to fold into the center.

The other side is done the same way.  The ability to fold keeps the board in place, but I recommend something to be put in front and back to steady the exhibit board.

More directions are coming later.

How to fold exhibit to the Center.

Sides A, D, ford to center (C)                                                                                         Sides B, D, fold to center (C)   

                                                                                                                 Hinge D                                                        Hinge D                     

Here is a drawing.                                     |_________|__________|_________|__________|                                                                    

                                                                  A.     >              D.                           C.                     D.                   <   B.





From A. to B. is 86 inches.   From C. to  B. equals 48 inches.    From D. to B. equals 24 inches.   Cutting down the D. to the bottom will need an attachment such as a couple of latches.  The latches make it possible for D. B. to fold into C.  This work makes it possible to fold the two sides to the middle, making it easier to carry.  Also, the folded sides make it possible to help the Pictorial Exhibit to stand up on a Uttility Table.


What kind of plywood should be used?

I used Softwood plywood.  It was easier to put things on the board; such as pictures.  The two side folded equally to the center.  

The pictorial exhibit was made of a plywood that was a little coarse but still somewhat smooth.   The components of the exhibit had the centerpiece and two equal sides that folded to the center or out from the center.

The pictorial’s exhibit was an accumulation of dad’s creative innovations; rare pictures; unique stories; copy of a method for very young children to count without error; teaching accomplishments; mule training; his awe-inspiring sculpture and his building activities.

I am Judy, the designer, and builder of the Pictorial Exhibit.  The subject of the exhibit is about my dad, William Harry Wheeler.  His life is depicted in the exhibit by certain events that I am sharing with my visitors to this Website.

Each event in his life which began in 1935 until his death in 1997, included his background and his interest.  The exhibit also included dad’s innovations; rare pictures, stories and other surprises. 

B.   What Motivated me to build a pictorial exhibit about my dad, William Harry Wheeler? 
  •     I had always respected Levi Strauss & Co.   I decided last year to write about jeans and other subjects related to jeans.   
  •     In fact, ‘501 Levi jeans original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men’ became the name of my website.
  •     Knowing about the personality and the background of Levi Strauss also motivated me to build the pictorial exhibit. 
  •     Levi Strauss, the man, and Harry Wheeler both had the same personality.   Both had an innovative spirit.   
  •    They were intellectuals who put their dreams and observations into action.
  •     Both Levi Strauss and my dad were acute businessmen and were innovative in their business practices.
  •     Levi Strauss Sewing Manufacturing Company made the Levi jeans for the big 47-foot cowboy.
  •     The small city where the cowboy is located is an icon for the people around the Panhandle.
  •     I wanted to tour around the Panhandle to give the local people a last chance to ask questions about the exhibit and about my dad.
  •     But, the main reason I built my pictorial exhibit was to tell the public about his creative genius that he exhibited throughout his life.

C.   What is included in the Pictorial Exhibit Design?

A Levi Strauss garment manufacturing company in Amarillo, Texas was responsible for fitting the jeans for the big cowboy in 1960.  Unfortunately, they had to close their garment factory after 35 years sewing fine Levi jeans. 

Read about that sad event and make a comment here if you would like to do that.  Any questions I will try to find the     

Anyway, 1960 was the time my dad, William Harry Wheeler, built the 47-foot cowboy.  

D.   Introducing the man.

Dad was not a builder by profession.  In the 1950’s and the 1960’s, my dad worked at the Strategic Air Command which was located at the Amarillo Air Force Base.  He built many things apart from the big cowboy in his spare time and on weekends.

He had his Master’s Degree in Music; not engineering which was a feature of the well-built 47-foot cowboy.

His sculpture was well-liked even by men.  His technique with his sculpture is innovative; no one can figure out how he accomplished some of his sculpture.

He played the piano and clarinet.  But then again, he was a man with the Jack of all Spades.  (or is it, trades?)

He had his Master’s Degree in Music!!  Yet he built the curio shop and the motel and other things too without the benefit of training or additional schooling.

E.   Some quotes that apply to Dad. 

creativity and intelligence posterGenius hit target poster


Building the 47-foot cowboy was just one of the varied events in dad’s life.  He was such a creative genius, that it would take a long time to describe the background and events that happened in his lifetime thoroughly.  

Most people have one event in their life, but various accomplishments in that one event.  This was so with my mom but not my dad.  He had a variety of events or professions.  He was born in 1916, I believe. 

My mom, who had her music degree in Piano, accomplished many things in that one event.  Of course, both my parents concentrated on their curio shop business in the 1950’s and early 1960.

Mom did keep up with her music.  She was very talented!  

She taught piano and did some accompanying for the singers at the local university, now known as West Texas A & M University.  She was known for her compositions and exceptional teaching ability.  piano and composition sheet music

F.   Fleeting Memories

The name of our curio shop was called The Corral Curio Shop.   Below is a picture postcard I seem to remember.  I do not know who owns the postcard.  I would be happy if someone knew and told me about the card in the comment section.

Postcard of cowboy from Pinterest


Here are the TeePee Curio Shop and the old-fashioned cash register.   I used this type of cash register in Middle school and counted change in my head.   Pat me on the back?   Naw, everyone did that in the old days. 

Please leave a comment and tell me if you can give change without subtracting.   Do you think all young people should learn how to give change?

Curio shop name TeePeemoney in a cash register 

I learned a lot by taking care of the curio shop.   Communicating with the tourist kept me from being provincial like so many of the school-age students at the high school.  I remember at that time no one wore original Levi jeans very much.

All this information is the background that took 57 years to finally come to light.   And it came by my creating a Pictorial Exhibit.    This is from an interview for the Canyon Newspaper about the Pictorial Exhibit.   Yep, that’s me.  I was 72 years old.


showing parts of the pictorial exhibitinterview about pictorial exhibit for a newspaper
G.   Are you getting the “feel” of the pictorial exhibit?  

Let me show you the pictorial exhibit that shows my dad’s creative events from the 1930’s to his death in 1979.   The 1930’s and 1940’s is on the left side.  It includes at the top, Professional Duo Pianist and Band Director.

The middle part concentrates on the time when we lived in Canyon, Texas.    It was the time he built everything in 10 years part-time!

The right side includes the special events after he sold his business.    He once again taught piano and had his hand in something new— sculpturing.

It was the kind of sculpture that included wall hanging and stand-up sculpture that even men liked to view.

geometrical sculpture by W.H. Wheeler

The pictorial exhibit is 48 inches tall. (I still have it in my home.)    It sits on a utility table and is quite heavy.   I took it once on a 10-day tour in Amarillo in July 2015.

It was well received and was exhibited in a huge mall in Amarillo, Texas.  Bealls and West Texas Western Store were the two businesses that showed the pictorial exhibit.

So here is the pictorial exhibit that shows the events and the professions in Mr. Wheeler’s life.  It was sitting on my sofa in this picture rather than on the utility table.  

The top center picture is now, after improving the exhibit, larger and the words are seen much better.      

Later, I will have a patented design of a curio shop that is a one of a kind tourist attraction and will be shown in the pictorial exhibit.   

                        pictorial exhibit-three sides

Here are the different events of dad’s life.  The events or professions are listed horizontally and the item, stories, cartoons, and information are listed vertically down from each event or heading.

Rare photos and items are also included.  The stories and the rare picture or pictures describe Mr. W. H. Wheeler’s exciting life story.   

H.   The list of headings on the Pictorial Exhibit
  • Professional Duo Pianist;
  • Band Leader;  
  • Mule Trainer;  
  • The Big Cowboy (with curio shop and motel);  
  • Gunfighter Museum;  
  • Carpet Designer;  
  • Carper Maker;  
  • Piano Teacher;
  • Sculptures     


Now we come to your exhibit.  You can paint, add material, use poster board and other possible material you can use for your Headings.  I used a felt material and used alphabet letters with a sticky background.

With that, I pasted the material all over the top of the pictorial exhibit.  This changed later, then when it was dry, I took each letter and began my labeling the Headings.

I had to make sure that the individual letters were on the felt material so that they would not come off.  However, you want to do it should be fine.

It is important to find what to put under each of these events.  I had stories, rare pictures, Youtube images, old papers my dad had when he was young.

Here is the Pictorial Exhibit beginning on the left side in the 1930’s to the end of the right side that includes Dad’s piano teaching and the innovative way to teach young people to count.  There is a poem under the piano teacher, and the sculpture also has the pictures of his sculpture.

In the middle section, I had the stories about Francis, the mule.  He would speak to everyone who came near the coke machine.   Then I had a large section about the 47-foot cowboy with rare pictures.

Next was the hand-made rugs that my dad made with carpet in Geometrical design.  The Gunfighter Museum had the show with the very real looking gunfighters.  And they were NOT made of Wax.

Pictorial exhibit about my dad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The left side of the pictorial exhibit
I.    List of skills dad had is located on the back of the pictorial exhibit design.
  • Builder;  
  • Innovator;  Entertainer;  Reader (profusely);  
  • Roofer;  
  • Mechanic;  
  • Gardener: 
  • Owner of Rental Property;
  • Writer/Editor at Air Force Base;  
  • A writer of the first Protocol for Airline Accident Investigation; 
  • A House Painter;   
  • Fixed–Doors, Windows, Carpet, and other household damages;
  • Mathematician
  • Humorist


  Bragging?   Who me?   Yep, he’s my dad!  

I had a lot of fun showing articles about the special events my dad experienced.   Some of these events, he wrote himself; such as the gunfighter museum.   

I wrote about the mule Francis who drank 10 cent cokes from coca cola bottles under the heading, Mule Trainer.

This reminds all of us of Levi Strauss; the company and the man.   It was a time of daring movies showing men wearing jeans.   Yes, Levi® jeans.   For the significant times, read about it in the post, Mule Story-invitation to a tea party.

It is about entertainment and introducing a new innovation both Levi Strauss and my dad had the insight to do with fine results.

This is the picture of our coke machine that is included in the stories about dad’s mule.   The mule LOVED cokes.

cokes for tourist and Francis 

Many tourists tried to talk to our Francis at the curio shop, but he never said a word.   Here is a Trailor about Francis, the TALKING mule.  I am sure it gave some ideas for our Francis to be able to drink cokes out of a coca cola bottle; a new concept.


 What creative things were included?

Like I said before, he made some rugs.  He was able to make his rugs for my mom    Here is a picture.

All he did was to make precut pieces so that he could lay them down in a logical order.  The pieces were in rectangles and squared.

story about carpet

This one is in an octagonal shape.  This also comes with a story from a magazine in California.  She (the name is forgotten since the magazine went out of business) interview my dad on the phone.  It took awhile.   I hope you will be able to read the story.  The colors were in blue tones.  The regular carpet was around the octagonal shapes.   The colors were bright and happy.

octagon shape rug in living room

The next item or event that was in the middle of the Pictorial Exhibit was about the Gunfighter Museum.  Now, my dad had help with the museum.  It was a masterpiece.

Dad had thought of the idea when a friend who was an artist was visiting my family in the town near Amarillo.  Later she went back to New York and began making the heads to the gunfighters.

They were not made of the typical wax.  She shaped it in plaster and I am not sure exactly how she made the heads, but she shipped the heads from New York to Amarillo.  Dad had the different colored glass eyes and the different colored hair to put on the gunfighters.

Of course, the heads had to look just like the authentic gunfighter.  Did he accomplish this?  I will now show you the magazine where my dad got his ideas.

                            Gunfighters, the real photos of the gunfightersThe authentic gunfighter's gunsMan who told about about Wyatt from first-hand experience     Story about one gunfighterGunfighter painting of the authentic Wyatt Urp

There were 8 gunfighters in the Museum.   Dad even had Mrs. Hood, my brother best friend’s mom sew the authentic looking clothes on the cowboy.   She would look at the picture and make the exact clothes the gunfighter in this magazine wore.

The guns were the exact same type as worn by the gunfighter: many of them the same.

There were also glass boxes showing one a scene from the dry country, cactus, snakes, and all.  You could stare at it for a long time.  The other glass box was a scene of a fight from a bar.  The individual pieces were glued together to depict all the furniture, the gunfighter and the almost the overturned chair.

If you had any artistic sense, you could look at these two scenes for a long time.   I did but I was young.

When you went to the museum from inside the curio shop, it was dark except for the light on each of the gunfighters and a small lighted post in front telling about the gunfighter and an amusing story about each of them.

Speaking from the eyes of a 16-year-old girl, the gunfighters looked very real.  Now, if you read a see the picture someone took of one of the gunfighters in the museum, you are fortunate.  Why?

When my dad sold his business, he sold the gunfighters to a curio shop near the Palo Duro Canyon, thinking the owner of the curio shop would take very good care of the gunfighters.  There were no museums that made their men or women that looked as authentic as these Gunfighters.

The new owner left the gunfighters outside in the hot sun.  That was not intelligent at all.  He just did not know what he had.  How much would they be worth today?

Dad was sad, very sad that they were left outside.  He loved each of his creative works.  Not for any money, but because of the time involved and the element of creativity for each event.  And  I say, no one came close to any of dad’s artwork.

One day, there was a fire.  The gunfighters were all destroyed.  We had a few pictures of them but not many.  They were destroyed because they were inside for a change when the fire began.  Here is the story.


News story about the Gunfighter's Museum build by dad, W. H. Wheeler


This is the picture of the original gunfighter made by my dad and his friend way back in the 1960’s and I was there for that event.  I did not pay a lot of attention to what my dad was doing.  I did not want to look inside the museum until it was finished.  If anyone knows or has any information to the people involved in the making of this gunfighter museum, please leave a comment and your email address and I will write to the person right away.  To others, after I die, this website will be the only source about the Gunfighter Museum and other stories on the Posts for your entertainment.

Please leave a comment regardless.  I would like your comments about of the Posts.  I only have the email normally to give my friends information about a new site.  Please comment.

One of the gunfighters from the Gunfighter's Museum and the Pictorial exhibit. I think it was Harden

There are so many things I could say about the pictorial exhibit design.  I trust those who are interested in designing something to remember an event or a person has benefited from reading about my pictorial exhibit design.  It took a lot of work.

I feel happy that I made a pictorial exhibit in memory of my dad

It was an accomplishment very few could have obtained.     wow as is surprise

When the Canyon City of Commerce decided to repair the cowboy and then paint the cowboy, I left their ideas alone and built an 8-foot long pictorial exhibit design and later went on the internet to learn about affiliate marketing.  I found a good one at Wealthy Affiliate.   If you would like to work from home with a wonderful company that teaches internet marketing,  search Wealthy affiliate!

I am glad I looked and did not stop looking after finding some scams.   But Wealthy Affiliate is one of the few best online affiliates.

They have the free version and I have heard there are those who have made a successful Website by taking the free course.  But as with anything of learning to progress in any field, one needs advanced learning.

businessman at the computer

But there is no pressure.  But oh what fun I have had.  I even got to write about my dad for people all over to read about.

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Anyway, join this company/school to learn internet marketing.

Dad sold his business in 1963 even though the curio shop business was doing good business.  There are reasons not included here.

Here is a question:  What do you think of changing an artwork by a known artist?  Would you break a delicate hand from a Degas?   Or, put a mustache on “Whistler’s mother”?

That would be a great question to talk about.  To me, art should not be changed.  In fact, there are artists who meticulously repaint famous paintings without changing the original artist product.  What do you think?

sculpture of a head

Should this old sculpture be altered or changed in any way?  To me, this was an artwork that should not be changed.   Do a test on it to determine the makeup of the sculpture and other factors in making such a neat sculpture and then repair as the original.


Please comment on my Website or contents of the Pictorial Exhibit Design.   If you are ready to buy the 501 Levi original fit jeans and for tall and big original fit jeans, look at the Pages.  The links to the jeans and accessories are;  Product Review, 501 Levi orders; and Accessories on the Pages Section and not the Posts articles.

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