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Walking Box Ranch (Rex Bell and Clara Bow Collection)
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0001 Clara Bow on the patio at the Walking Box Ranch, Searchlight, Nev.
0002 Clara Bow Bell on the patio at the Walking Box Ranch.
0003 Clara Bow Bell at the ranch, kneeling and aiming a rifle. (1931)
0004 George Bell and Rex Bell Jr., children of Rex and Clara Bow Bell.
0005 George and Rex Bell Jr. on a Shetland pony, Smoky, led by grandmother Daisy Beldam ( Rex’s mother).
0006 George and Rex Bell Jr. at the ranch. (c. 1939)
0007 Clara Bow and Rex Bell at the ranch with her horse.
0008 Clara serving Rex a meal in the ranch kitchen.
0009 Clara and Rex’s baby George.
0010 Clara and Rex’s baby George.
0011 George Francis Robert Bell, age one month. Born June 14, 1938.
0012 Clara and Rex’s baby George.
0013 Rex Larbow Tom Bell, age 3 years old, riding on a hobby horse, wearing cowboy outfit. Horse was given to him by Tom Mix.
0014 Swimming pool at Palm Springs. People sunbathing and swimming.
0015 Clara Bell with friend and other guests poolside at the ranch.
0016 Unidentified couple and child.
0017 Rex Bell Jr. on his 1st birthday, with cake.
0018 Walking Box Ranch, main ranch house, Searchlight, Nevada.
0019 Another view of the ranch house.
0020 Rex Bell and one of his boys at the ranch.
0021 Rex Bell with Rex Bell Jr., who is dressed in cowboy gear. Main room at ranch.
0022 Four views of the cattle and cowboys on the ranch.
0023 Clara Bow with two men.
0024 Clara Bow with two men.
0025 Clara Bow Bell and friend Marion Lewyn. (sp?)
0026 View of the house at Walking Box Ranch.
0027 Four views of cowboys in action on the ranch.
0028 Clara and friend Marion Lewyn cutting up.
0029 Clara Bow Bell on horseback.
0030 Rex Bell Jr. and Georgie Bell on a Shetland pony. (Rex Jr.’s first horse, Smokey).
0031 Color sketch of “Cupid’s Spot”—Walking Box ranch house. Main house before addition of wing with master bedroom and boys’ room.
0032 People eating at the dining room table in the ranch house. Rex Bell at head of table, Grandmother Beldam next to him.
0033 Baby mountain sheep at the ranch.
0034 Billy the desert big horn at the ranch. He was there for many years.
0035 Rex Bell and his son (Rex Bell Jr.) playing with model train in game room at ranch.
0036 Clara Bow Bell standing in front of the fireplace at the ranch.
0037 Group of people with a horse. Clara Bow Bell on a movie set.
0038 Group of unidentified people – Clara at right?
0039 Clara Bow Bell on the ship going to Europe for her honeymoon with Rex.
0040 Clara with woman and child at a ski resort in Europe during her honeymoon.
0041 Clara Bow Bell seated at table—surrounded by group of unidentified men. Taken in Germany prior to the war.
0042 Clara Bow Bell and Rex Bell on board ship during their honeymoon. (enroute to Europe)
0043 Fritz Schmidt (water engineer) at Walking Box Ranch.
0044 Rex Jr. at the ranch in the snow.
0045 Snow scene and Joshua trees on the ranch.
0046 Rex Bell Jr. at the ranch in the snow.
0047 View of a portion of the ranch property—no buildings.
0048 Billy mountain sheep near Joshua tree on the ranch.
0050 Clara Bow Bell on skis. In Europe during her honeymoon.
0051 Group of people including Clara at foot of ski slopes. (honeymoon in Europe)
0052 Clara (?) in snow.
0053 Clara Bow Bell with a kangaroo on the ship during her honeymoon.
0054 View of the ranch property—desert scene—in the snow.
0055 Similar to above.
0056 Rex Bell Jr. on the ranch.
0057 Fritz Schmidt, water engineer, at the ranch house.
0058 View of one of the ranch buildings in the snow.
0059 Rex Bell and Fritz Schmidt.
0060 Ranch scene—desert with Joshua trees—snow scene.
0061 View of ranch property and mountains in distance. Snow scene.
0062 Desert scene on ranch property.
0063 Swimming pool at the ranch house frozen over.
0064 Clara Bow Bell with horses in Europe on her honeymoon.
0065 Clara Bow Bell at right with unidentified woman and child. In Europe on her honeymoon.
0066 Rex Bell on skis in Europe during his honeymoon.
0067 A person in the snow—ranch buildings in background. Main house and workshop.
0068 One of the Bell boys—ranch buildings in background.
0069 Rex Bell (?) working in the snow on the ranch.
0070 Ranch property scene—in the snow—desert view.
0071 Rex Bell’s dog Sheik in the snow on the ranch.
0072 Snowy view of the ranch property—desert view.
0073 Similar to above.
0074 View of part of the exterior of the ranch house.
0075 Snowy desert scene on the ranch property.
0076 Snowy scene showing rooftops of ranch buildings.
0077 Several people on bobsled in Europe. Rex Bell is one of them.
0078 Clara Bow Bell seated left in sleigh with unidentified man and woman. European honeymoon.
0079 Clara Bow Bell left in sleigh with two unidentified women. Clara’s European honeymoon.
0080 Either Georgie or Rex Bell Jr. in the snow.
0081 View of the ranch house in the snow.
0082 Snow on the ranch buildings. One person in picture.
0083 Ranch buildings in the snow.
0084 Ranch buildings in the snow; one person in picture.
0085 View of the ranch house in the snow.
0086 Two dogs at the ranch house in the snow. One is Clara’s cocker spaniel.
0087 Some of the ranch buildings after a snowstorm.
0088 Bunkhouse and other ranch buildings and a trailer in the snow.
0089 Main house at the ranch-- in the snow.
0090 Skier at the bottom of the ski run. (unidentified)
0091 Four people on a bobsled during the Bells’ European honeymoon.
0092 Rex Bell and wife Clara Bow seated at a table in a restaurant in Europe during their honeymoon.
0093 Billy the mountain sheep and man at the ranch.
0094 Fence on the ranch—horses beyond.
0095 Herd of horses on the ranch.
0096 Herd of horses on the ranch.
0097 Similar to above.
0098 Animals and desert in the snow—part of the ranch.
0099 Herd of horses on the ranch.
0100 Snowy scene on the ranch—desert and animal.
0101 Herd of horses on the ranch.
0102 Guinn “Big Boy” Williams. Movie actor and good friend of the Bells, taken at Lake Mead.
0103 Clara Bow Bell (right) and unidentified woman and child at ski resort in Europe. Taken during the Bells’ honeymoon.
0104 Large group of people posing in front of a ski area in Europe.
0105 George Francis Robert Bell, age one month. He was born June 14, 1938. He is on the baby scales.
0106 George Bell, age one month.
0107 Goat on the ranch.
0108 Similar to above.
0109 Goat on the ranch.
0110 Close-up view of a goat at the ranch.
0111 Goat at the ranch.
0112 Close-up view of a goat.
0113 Goat at the ranch.
0114 Another view of same goat.
0115 Same as above.
0116 Goat at the ranch.
0117 Group of people in the snow in Europe. Clara second from right.
0118 Clara Bow Bell (left) and three other unidentified women in a sleigh in Europe during her honeymoon.
0119 Group of people in the snow; European honeymoon.
0120 Man and goat, outbuildings, on the ranch.
0121 Goat on the ranch.
0122 Close-up of goat on the ranch.
0123 Another view of the goat.
0124 View of a goat on the ranch.
0125 Man pictured petting goat on the ranch.
0126 Unidentified man and goat on the ranch.
0127 Similar to above.
0128 Unidentified man and goat on the ranch.
0129 Similar to above.
0130 Clara Bow Bell relaxing on a deck chair during European honeymoon; Rex at right.
0131 Chimpanzee riding a bicycle in Germany—postcard.
0132 Clara Bow Bell on her honeymoon; standing on the ship near the railing.
0133 Rex Bell Jr. with his first horse ( Shetland pony)—named Smokey. He is about six years old.
0134 Clara Bow Bell in Europe.
0135 Clara with her two boys sitting by the pool at the ranch.
0136 Clara and the boys on the patio at the ranch.
0137 Clara Bow Bell.
0138 Rex Bell Jr. posing in a cowboy hat.
0139 Four people posing by the swimming pool.
0140 Two people sitting on the side of the pool.
0141 Two women on the side of the pool—Clara at right?
0142 Hotel Nipton. Nipton, California. (1930s)
0143 Group of people posed in front of the Hotel Nipton.
0144 Someone peeking over the “Ladies” sign at an outhouse, Probably at the Hotel Nipton.
0145 Three unidentified people.
0146 Clara Bow Bell in the driver’s seat along with other people in a car.
0147 Rex Bell Jr. with his first birthday cake.
0148 Man on a horse with a woman.
0149 Calf in the desert on Walking Box Ranch.
0150 Rex Bell on horseback.
0151 Cowboys and horses on the ranch—branding.
0152 Cowboys branding an animal on the ranch.
0153 Cowboys herding cattle on the ranch.
0154 Horses on Walking Box Ranch.
0155 Horses on the ranch.
0156 Miners’ tent on the ranch. They came to rest for a few days.
0157 Group of men, many on horseback.
0158 Rex Bell and Clara Bow Bell, center, with four unidentified men. One of the men is Bill Frolicki. (sp?)
0159 Rex Bell Jr. with a calf on the ranch.
0160 Clara Bow Bell’s horse.
0161 Another view of the same horse.
0162 Clara’s horse on the ranch.
0163 Another view of the horse.
0164 The same horse.
0165 Clara Bow Bell (right) and unidentified woman.
0166 Several people on horseback.
0167 Clara Bell Bow.
0168 Clara (left) and unidentified woman.
0169 Horses in a corral on the ranch.
0170 View of mountains in the distance and the desert with Joshua trees on the ranch.
0171 One of the Bell boys on a Shetland pony.
0172 Rex Bell Jr. in the guest bedroom at the ranch.
0173 Group photo of twelve people at the ranch. Looks like Clara and Rex in the middle.
0174 Unidentified woman.
0175 Group photo taken indoors. Many are in costume. Not at the ranch.
0176 Rex Bell Jr. at the beach.
0177 Rex Bell at the beach.
0178 Ronald Marshall.
0179 Rex Bell with Smokey.
0180 Lon Chaney.
0181 Desert scene on the ranch—mountains in distance.
0182 Desert scene on the ranch after snowfall.
0183 Desert scene and fencing on the ranch.
0184 Dog (Sheik)—snow scene behind him.
0185 Ranch desert scene after snowfall.
0186 View in back yard (?) of ranch.
0187 Georgie and Rex Bell Jr. with unidentified woman on ranch.
0188 Rex Bell and Fritz Schmidt at ranch.
0189 View of rooftops, desert and mountains in distance.
0190 Little George Bell, son of Rex and Clara.
0191 One of the foremen at the ranch.
0192 One of the foremen on horseback at the ranch.
0193 Joshua trees and clouds at the ranch.
0194 Desert scene, flora, on the ranch
0195 Unidentified man standing in the snow at the ranch.
0196 One of the cowboys on the ranch. Another cowboy and cattle in background in corral.
0197 Color-tinted postcard showing the Walking Box Ranch,
Nipton, California. Titled: “Birth of a New Star”. This postcard announced the birth of Rex Bell Jr.
0198 Handwriting on reverse of postcard: “Walking Box Ranch,
Nipton, Calif. The new boss is Larbow ‘Tony’ Bell, December 16,1934.”
(Larbow Tony Bell is Rex Bell Jr.)
0199 Group of people seated at the dining room table—Rex Bell at end of table.
Grandmother Daisy Beldon next to him. Others unidentified.
0200 Clara Bow Bell (left) and her friend Marion Lewyn.
0201 Rex Bell grooming the Shetland pony, Smokey, at the ranch.
0202 Clara Bow Bell.
0203 Clara Bow Bell with one of her dogs.
0204 Clara Bow Bell and husband Rex opening Christmas gifts under the Christmas tree at the ranch.
0205 Clara Bow Bell baking in the ranch kitchen.
0206 Clara Bow Bell and man (Rex?).
0207 A cow on a road near or on the ranch.
0208 Rex Bell being served dinner by a waiter, Richard— at the ranch.
0209 Group shot of six people, including Clara, at the Hotel Nipton.
0210 Unidentified child with a dog.
0211 Unidentified child and woman in western town (tourist attraction?).
0212 Probably Clara Bow (and Rex?) outside a mine shaft.
0213 Three photos of a lake?
0214 Two unidentified women.
0215 Unidentified cowboy stooped down, eating.
0216 Clara Bow Bell and another woman.
0217 Rex Bell (?) on the ranch.
0218 Clara Bow Bell (?) and man seated.
0219 Similar to above.
0220 Unidentified child with dog at the ranch.
0221 Rex Bell Jr. outside the ranch house in the snow.
0222 View of the desert and Joshua trees on the ranch.
0223 Rex Bell Jr., left, and Georgie Bell.
0224 Clara Bow Bell in driver’s seat of car—unidentified man.
0225 View of Nick’s house at the ranch. He was one of the maintenance men. (snow scene, with dog)
0226 One of Clara’s dogs at the ranch.
0227 Two unidentified men and Rex Bell’s race horse.
0228 Man with Rex Bell’s race horse.
0229 Unidentified man at the stables where Bell’s race horse was kept.
0230 Two unidentified men and Rex Bell’s race horse.
0231 Rex Bell with baby Rex Bell Jr.
0232 First picture of Rex Larbow Bell, one month old. Taken from a newspaper dated Jan. 24, 1935.
0233 Two men with Rex Bell’s race horse.
0234 Unidentified man with Rex Bell’s race horse.
0235 Two men with Rex Bell’s race horse.
0236 Similar to above.
0237 L-R: Jack Oakie, Rex Bell, Edgar Bergen (?), Charlie McCarthy (puppet) and Bill Frolicki.
0238 Clara Bow Bell hugging a boy (one of her sons?).
0239 Rex Bell with horses in a corral on the ranch.
0240 Two women and a child in a car.
0241 Rex Bell on horseback. Other man is Marion Lewyn’s husband.
0242 Rex Bell near the ranch house.
0243 Clara Bow Bell (left) with Marion Lewyn.
0244 Clara’s dog at the ranch.
0245 Trailers and boat at Searchlight, Nevada, after snowfall. (1979)
0246 A snow-covered house in Searchlight, Nevada, 1979.
0247 Clara Bow Bell in driver’s seat with unidentified woman and child.
0248 Sketch (pastel colored) of the ranch house at Walking Box Ranch. Caption says: “House Prints on the Sand…”
0249 L-R; Clara, Rex, Helene. She was a caretaker for Rex Jr. and George.
0250 Clara Bow Bell, left, with her cousin Billy Bow. Man is holding a child, either George or Rex Bell Jr.
0251 Couple clowning around the Ladies outhouse-near Hotel Nipton?
0252 Group photo of men and horses on the ranch.
0253 Men and horses on the ranch.
0254 Clara Bow Bell standing between two unidentified men.
0255 Two women and a man seated at a table in a restaurant. (unidentified)
0256 Two unidentified people.
0257 Clara Bow Bell and unidentified man outside The Hill Top Club.
0258 Three unidentified people standing next to a car.
0259 Pastel sketch of the ranch house viewed from the back.
0260 Pastel sketch of the swimming pool at the ranch. “Cupid’s Spot on the Desert”
0261 Rex Bell sitting on the fence. Two ranch hands also pictured along with sheep in the corral on the ranch.
0262 Clara Bow Bell and unidentified man sitting in chairs.
0263 The road, Searchlight to Nipton, fourteen passengers aboard a horse-drawn cart. (postcard?)
0264 Clara Bow Bell with an unidentified man, seated on the lawn in chairs.
0265 Group standing by the ranch swimming pool. At left, Rex holding a child, and Clara (?) Rest not identified.
0266 Richard, the Bells’ cook, outside the ranch house.
0267 A cow grazing in the desert on ranch property.
0268 Two dogs (one is Sheik)—in the rock garden on the side of the ranch house.
0269 Clara Bow Bell (left) with Marion Lewyn..
0270 Unidentified man.
0271 Curley Fletcher on left. He wrote the poem, Strawberry Roan. Other man not identified.
0272 Clara Bell Bow on horseback with Rex Bell. .
0273 Vehicle with “Walking Box Ranch, Searchlight, Nevada” on the side. Was Bells’ Ford station wagon. Three men pictured, none are identified.
0274 Clara and two dogs on the covered patio at the ranch.
0275 Rex Bell Jr. from the back.
0276 Rex and Clara on the patio.
0277 Rex, Clara, and Helene, all in bathing suits by the pool.
0278 Same as above.
0279 People on horseback, cattle in the background, on the ranch.
0280 Clara Bow Bell in her desert garden.
0281 Clara Bow Bell in her desert garden.
0282 Clara and Carmen Schmidt in bathing suits by the pool.
0283 Clara Bow Bell sitting by the pool.
0284 Clara and Carmen Schmidt by the pool.
0285 Clara and several unidentified people by the pool.
0286 Clara Bow Bell in a convertible with an unidentified man.
0287 Clara Bow Bell and unidentified man in a convertible.
0288 Interior view of one of the rooms in the ranch house—sitting or living room.
0289 An outbuilding on the ranch.
0290 Desert view on the ranch property.
0291 Rex Bell and Curley Fletcher men seated at the bar at the ranch, having drinks.
0292 Clara Bell Bow seated on the front bumper of her Rolls Royce.
0293 Clara and dog on the lawn at the ranch house.
0294 Clara Bell Bow with Beautiful, the donkey, on the ranch.
0295 Rex Bell and Grandma Beldam with Rex Bell Jr. who is dressed in cowboy gear, seated on a saddle.
0296 Rex Bell helping his son Rex Bell Jr. put on his cowboy gear.
0297 Clara Bow Bell.
0298 Clara Bow Bell in Europe.
0299 Clara Bow Bell in Germany after WWI..
0300 Clara Bow Bell with two unidentified soldiers in Germany after WWI..
0301 Clara Bow Bell—building remains in background—in Germany after WWI.
0302 Clara Bow Bell in Germany after WWI.
0303 Building remains—in France after WWI.
0304 Building remains and road through the hills. Germany after WWI.
0305 Clara Bow Bell at right and two dogs; her cousin Billy Bow holding Rex Jr.
0306 Rex Bell with Rex Jr. on hobby horse.
0307 Skiers on a ski hill. Location is Europe.
0308 Two people on a bobsled in Europe.
0309 Clara Bow Bell (right) with unidentified woman in Europe.
0310 Two people on a bobsled in Europe..
0311 Clara Bow Bell (right) with unidentified woman in Europe.
0312 Two people on a bobsled in Europe.
0313 Skiers on a ski slope in Europe.
0314 Building or mine remains in Europe.
0315 Clara Bow Bell and Rex Bell in what appears to be a movie scene.
0316 Clara Bow Bell with her cousin Billy Bow at the ranch.
0317 Rex Bell standing next to his horse.
0318 Group of people seated at the dining table in the ranch house. Clara and Rex Bell at either ends of the table.
0319 Group of servicemen (for General Patton) at party at ranch. Georgie Bell seated on a saw horse (?), and Rex Bell Jr. seated at front.
0320 Rex Bell (left) with Mr. Wells looking at blueprints or plans of some sort. Other man not identified.
0321 Rex Bell holding Rex Jr. (left) and George in the game room at the ranch.
0322 Clara Bow Bell standing in the rock garden at the ranch house.
0323 L-R: Rex Bell Jr., Rex Bell, George Bell.
0324 Rex Bell, left, seated at the bar with Bill Frolicki..
0325 Bill Frolicki and little Georgie Bell.
0326 Rex Bell left with three other men at a bar.
0327 Rex Bell (center with head down) and two couples. Man at left is Bill Frolicki.
0328 Horse on the ranch as seen through a window. (Handwriting says “Mom’s horse”.)
0329 The ranch house. Unidentified couple at left. Woman on horse with Rex (?) at right.
0330 Marian Lewyn, film personality, on horse. Handwriting on photo says “A Friend”-above Marian; and “Dad” above the man.
0331 Marian Lewyn, film personality, at left. Clara Bow at right, aiming the rifle. At the ranch.
0332 Clara Bell Bow. Water and boats in background.
0333 Unidentified people—Clara in long fur coat? Same location as above.
0334 Clara Bow Bell, center (?), Rex Bell (?) at right; other woman not identified.
0335 Rex Bell, 2nd from right, with two other couples standing by a roulette wheel. In the game room at the ranch house. Bill Frolicki also present.
0336 Red Vergani (Sp?) (cowboy) on horseback at the entrance to the ranch.
0337 Clara Bow and Rex Bell sitting on a couch in the living room of the ranch.
0338 Group seated at the dining room table at the ranch. Rex Bell at end of table.
0339 Woman (grandma?) with Rex Jr. hunting Easter eggs in California.
0340 Couple standing.
0341 Unidentified man standing on railroad tracks.
0342 Rex Bell seated at right with unidentified man.
****** MANY OF THE IDENTIFICATIONS ON THE FOLLOWING IMAGES SUPPLIED BY REX BELL JR., SON OF CLARA BOW BELL AND REX BELL.