LCa1During the first few heady days of Lost Cowboy back in 2009, I documented my search for the “Lost Gaucho” to complement my lost cowboy figure on my first trip to Argentina.

Now, more than five years and two additional trips to Buenos Aires later, I am sharing the story about a couple of other lost cowboys I found while haunting the antique galleries of the city’s San Telmo District.

On my last trip to Argentina in January 2014, I was not really in the market for any major acquisitions to my collections. I had just decided to relocate to Kansas City and was not quite sure as to what was going to happen to the New Hampshire homestead and all my stuff. However, I definitely wanted to find a little something to take home as a keepsake from the trip.

I inevitably purchased a few small pieces of art from vendors at the great San Telmo street fair – an every Sunday tradition and a must-do on any trip to Buenos Aires. I also stumbled across these small cowboy figures that just spoke to me.

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Of course this type of toy is a dime-a-dozen and I have many of them. However, there was something about the poses and paint job on these little guys that spoke to me and I knew I just had to rescue them.

OK, this is not as compelling a story as I may have led you to believe when I started recounting it. But these cowboys (or this cowboy and a bandit) have been with me ever since that trip. Because I moved out to Kansas City within days of my return from Argentina, they were really the first nonessential thing I took with me, so they have a special place in my heart.

They have not been lost since I have owned them – but their story was lost until now and I felt at the time I first spotted them that they needed to be found. So they are my “lost lost” cowboys and that makes them pretty special.