Monday, January 26, 2015

Old Cars in Yellowstone [Mostly 1920s]

A few favorite photos of old cars in Yellowstone National Park, mostly 1920s. Were these the "good ol' days"? Click on photos for larger view.

Try and get it ... about 1921

Public Auto Camp, 1928

Rutted Roads, 1927
Is that snow in the ditch?

Near Lewis Falls, 1922

"Drive Up" Old Faithful, 1916
The first year private cars were allowed into the Park was 1915.

Tourist Car, 1924
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Daughter of the Rockies [ ca 1908 ]

From our collection of old postcards, please take a look at "A Daughter of the Rockies" published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, "ART PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING AND QUEEN." Although uncertain, we believe the date of publication to be around 1908. It was during this time period that the publishers introduced their series of post cards known as "State Belles".  The front of the card features a portrait of an attractive young lady holding a mining pick over her right shoulder. In the lower left corner we see the State of Montana logo, "Oro y Plata" (Gold and Silver) and an image including a mining pick. At the very bottom we see the title of this card. How do you like this card?




Since this card is one of a series, "State Belles", we are inclined to believe there was a card for each state, and, we can imagine there were card collectors who wanted the full set. In a quick search of Google Images we found about a dozen of the other State Belles, but, sadly, not one of our own state, Washington.


If you like this card, and are curious about the publishers, yes, you can read all about them (and possibly even more than you want to know) on the web here.

Publishers were "appointed" by
the King and Queen (of England?)

A version of the Montana State logo
found online
Enlargement of the logo from
the lower left front of the card.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Camp Lincoln in the Rockies [1927]

Camp Lincoln in the Rockies, a folded brochure and envelope published in 1927 by the Northern Pacific Railroad, to encourage travel to Camp Lincoln, a summer guest ranch, located in Lincoln, Montana. Be sure to click on images for larger views.

Enlargement of art on the envelope.

Folder opens up to this view.


Description of Camp Lincoln

Back page gives rates and info for travel on
the Northern Pacific passenger trains.


Actually the front ... a place for writing and suggesting
Camp Lincoln to your friends.

A free envelope is included.

You will never be the same!
Enough said.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Vintage Sunrise




So far, in 2015, we haven't seen a really colorful sunrise in Seattle. (Yes, we might have been oversleeping, so we're not saying it didn't happen.) We thought ... Well, this is what the archives are for! We decided to start looking back before we were blogging ... These pics are from December, 2006. The location was southwest Montana near Yellowstone National Park. In the first picture you can see the slight snow cover ... it was a cold morning as we remember it. The mountains are known as the Madison Range.

Linking up today with other sky photos at SkyWatch Friday  Thanks to the SkyWatch hosts! There are some wonderful sky photos at this link.

Update on Yesterday's post ...
"Thank You" to those of you, especially DJan, who tried to decipher the shorthand. At least we know it is "Gregg Shorthand" and can do some research with that in mind.

Update on Recent Weather ...
One of our local TV weather persons referred to our recent weather as "The Winter that Wasn't". It has definitely been unusually warm in Seattle with only a very few days of cold. Of course, it isn't over yet! : - )

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mystery Card [Missoula, Montana, 1912]

Maybe you can help us understand a little more about this old postcard.

This card was probably published in 1910 or 1911. Passenger rail service was just getting started on a new rail line from Chicago to Seattle across the northern part of the USA. This rail line had several names over the years, but for a short time, around the time this card was published, it was called Chicago, Milwaukee, and Puget Sound Railway. The card features an eastbound train arriving at the brand new Missoula, Montana, depot. One of the things we like about this card is the "sepia tone" ... the brownish tint that was common in some of the vintage photographs of this period. It is printed on heavy card stock, which even today would be considered high quality.

The card was mailed on January 19, 1912, to Miss Viola Jones, Grass Valley, California. The sender had some of the best handwriting we've ever seen as evidenced by the address part of the card, HOWEVER, the other half, the correspondence portion, is a mystery to us as it is written, we think, in shorthand. The art of shorthand may have just about disappeared today, but in 1912 it was used as a way to write down a lot very quickly. For example, it was used to record what people were saying in meetings. We copied the correspondence part of the card and turned it a little sideways to make it easier to read ... Can you tell us what it says, or, at least, what it is about?


Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound Depot
Missoula, Montana


Can you read the shorthand?
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Only Station of its Kind -- 4 Views [ca 1910]

It's 1910, or there about, and one of the new rail lines from Chicago to Seattle has just opened for passenger service. Of all the stations on the new line there is only one natural log depot ... it's in Musselshell, Montana. Here are 4 cards featuring the station ...


Musselshell, Montana, Depot
about 1910


Compare the following to the first card. It seems to be the same picture, with some color added and minus the smoke from the train's engine. No, we didn't do it with photoshop, but some postcard publisher must have back over 100 years ago. How? ...  We don't know.


Our guess is ... the horse probably was the photographer's. A basic black and white photo must have been hand colored to produce the cards.


The first two cards featured a view of the depot from the back. The following two are views from the front. One thing is for sure ... We don't really know what the true colors were.







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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

August, 1883

A slice of paper about the size of a dollar bill ... on one side the railroad name and some art work, on the other side ... a calendar for August, 1883, and some words suggesting a stay at Lake Minnetonka (or a thousand other attractive spots) to avoid the heat. We do not know how these little monthly calendars were distributed ... perhaps in railroad stations or other places catering to travellers. Click the images to see a slightly larger than actual size view. We like the art work ... How about you?




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