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Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Yellowstone and More

Welcome to John's Island

Continuing from our last week's post, three more lantern slides of Yellowstone National Park. Please see our previous post for background information on lantern slides.

Label: Driveway Along Firehole River
Lantern slide by Haynes

Label: National Park Mountain
Yellowstone National Park
Lantern slide by Haynes

Label: Typical Camp Lobby
Yellowstone National Park
Lantern Slide by Haynes
Here's how the box of lantern slides looks and the Notice to Operator in top of box ...




More lantern slides on future posts.

Sky Watch

February 12th  6:12 PM
All of these sky watch photos are taken from Seattle looking out to the west over Puget Sound. The mountains in the far distance are the Olympic Mountains. In some photos only the land just on the other side of the Sound is visible ... that is Bainbridge Island.

February 17th  5:21 PM
Did the birds get in the way?
Or, is the photo all about the birds?  : - )
More sky photos at Skywatch Friday. Thanks to Yogi for hosting.

February 17th  5:35 PM

Postcard for the Weekend

Happy Polar Bears
The theme this week at Postcards for the Weekend is "happiness/joy." This old Polar Bear card from Alaska brought on a smile. Don't they look happy? Thanks to Maria for hosting!

Love critters? We do and so we're linking up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  Thanks to Eileen for hosting the link up.
Back of the unused card.
"Alaskan Polar Bears"

Ship Watch

Tiger West, Operations tower.
Bulk Carrier
Anchored nearby. Photo: Feb 18 2018
Crew's quarters and the Bridge are in this tower.
Ship names continue to fascinate us.
Home Port - Hong Kong
How would you like living on this vessel for months at a time?
Thanks for stopping by John's Island.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Yellowstone Lantern Slides and More


Welcome to John's Island

Those of you who have followed us for a while will know that we collect Yellowstone National Park memorabilia. Postcards, books, brochures, stereo views, and even a few lantern slides. In the early 1900s tour companies were trying to attract tourists to the Park. They hired professional photographers to snap views in the park. The photos were made into glass lantern slides which were the precursor to film slides. Lantern slides got their name the device, known as a Magic Lantern, that was used to project the image onto a screen. The tour companies put on presentations where potential tourists were treated to slide shows featuring the wonders of Yellowstone. We selected three of our lantern slides to share below.

Camping in Yellowstone National Park
Can you guess the year?

A tourist looking into Beehive Geyser
Yellowstone National Park
Getting this close is no longer allowed and, really,
not too smart.

Picture from the web showing Beehive in eruption in 2013
Note tourists on bridge behind ... as close as they can get.


1936 White Motor Company Tour Busses
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel as it appears today.
Photo from the web.

The same three slides on the light box.

To give you an idea of the size.
Read more about Magic Lantern and slides

Something newer ...

Out for a walk last Sunday, February 4th ...

Note the moss on top of the sidewalk wall.
On the other hand ... blue skies and mild temps prevailed!

We think the neighbor's dog wanted to go along.
Love critters? We do and so we're linking up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  Thanks to Eileen for hosting the link up.

Our first spotting of daffodils blooming.
This seems early!

Early little bloomers in the neighborhood.


We didn't see the bee until reviewing
our photos.

Sky Watch

February 4th  5:15 PM
Looking over Puget Sound to the West
Tallest peak - The Brothers, Olympic Mountain Range

February 4th  4:42 PM

February 4th  5:11 PM

January 30th  4:47 PM
Linking up with Skywatch Friday  Thanks to Yogi for hosting the link up.

Last colorful glimpse ... Feb 4th  5:36 PM
Dark clouds above but clearing in the far west
created a colorful sunset.
Just yesterday ...

February 10th  7:33 AM
Morning sun just beginning to illuminate the Olympic Mountains
Mostly clear skies ... nice day ahead.

February 10th  5:21 PM
Sun peeking below clouds portends colorful sky to come.

February 10th  5:29 PM
More spectacular than anticipated!

February 10th  5:36 PM
Red sky at night ...
Beautiful end to a beautiful day!

Ship Watch
Hapag-Lloyd Ulsan Express
February 2nd  3:27 PM

OOCL Vancouver
January 27th  7:32 AM

February 4th  5:11 PM

January 30th  5:04 PM
Commuters passing at twilight.
Ferries crossing Puget Sound
Postcards for the Weekend

This week's theme at Postcards for the Weekend is "Love/Lovely." We think we found a card in our collection to share. Let us know what you think. Thanks to Maria for hosting the link up.

The Social Call by Bell Telephone
Guessing publication 1920, plus or minus a few years.
Wiki says candlestick phones 1890s to 1940

Back of the unused card.
One cent postage.

Publisher's logo enlarged.
American Telephone & Telegraph
(Yes, AT&T)

Signed by artist Bert Reneuf
Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thank You Maria!

Welcome to John's Island

This week's theme is "anything you wish" and imagine my surprise when I looked at Maria's Postcards for the Weekend to see that she is sharing the cards I gave her on her recent visit to America. Just loved that and wanted to thank her for posting the cards and for her kind words about them. I couldn't think of a better way to return the favor than to share some of the cool cards Maria has sent me. Here are just a few ...

Planting the rice Fields
Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Postmarked 23 Nov 2015

Map Postcard of Cambodia

Posted 31 Jan 2017

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Postmarked 17 Feb 2017

Snow much fun!

Postmarked 11 Dec 2017
Thank you Maria! And thanks for hosting Postcards for the Weekend!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Postcards [and More] for the Weekend

Welcome to John's Island.

One of the things I love about blogging is the way it allows me to tie together several of my hobbies. I enjoy photography, surfing the web, watching ships, journaling, and collecting vintage postcards and travel memorabilia. Those of you who collect, regardless of what it is, will know that after you build up your collection, your next challenge will be how to enjoy what you've put together. For example, I have dozens of vintage railroad travel brochures necessarily maintained in storage cabinets. I don't have a room big enough to put them all on display. So, what I've done is scan them into my computer where they are easy to look at and enjoy. In the blogosphere I found Maria's Postcards for the Weekend where postcard collectors share cards based on a weekly theme chosen by Maria. This week the theme is "mountains" ... a topic where I do have a few items to share. We'll start with mountain postcards ...

Greetings from Washington (yes, our home!)
Probably published 1940s or 50s,
by C P Johnston Co, Seattle, WA
Mt Rainier in the upper left corner!

Back of the unused card.
Note: Postage One Cent

Mount Rainier from Rickseekers Point
Rainier National Park
Card No. 238 - Probably from the 1920s or 30s

Back of the unused card.
Note: Postage WITHOUT message 1 cent,
WITH message 2 cents

A favorite "mountain" card.
Mount St Helens, prior to 1980, when she erupted.

Back of the unused card.
Domestic postage = One cent
Foreign = Two cents

Enlarged description from Mt St Helens postcard
A more recent photo of Mt. St. Helens

Another favorite "mountain" postcard
Published by Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway
advertising their transcontinental train, the Olympian

Back of the unused card.
Probably published in the 1920s

A "winter" favorite in the mountains.
Art work of F. Reiss, well-known landscape artist.

Back of the card.
Postmark appears to be August 1, 1913
To see other neat "mountain" postcards check out Maria's Postcards for the Weekend. Thanks, Maria, for hosting!
Other vintage paper featuring mountains ...

Rainier National Park
Official Park Brochure
"Where you ENJOY yourself"
ca 1930s 

Great Northern Railway
Scenic Northwest Brochure
ca 1930s


A "calendar top" advertising the Milwaukee
Road's Olympian ... a transcontinental train
ca 1930s
"Electrified Over Four Mountain Ranges"

Ship Watch

Saturday morning, January 27, we noticed a new yacht
moored at the Marina. Looked her up on VesselFinder and discovered
she is the Delta 45.

A screen capture of Delta 45 from the website
Northrop and Johnson, a superyacht charter company.

A screen capture from VesselsValue website for Delta 45
Had to register to get value which we did not do.
Fun to note, though, that values, when shown, are in USD Millions

Traffic on the Sound
Foreground - Washington State Ferry Chimacum
Background - M S C Antalya
January 24th  9:47 AM

More traffic on the Sound
Far background - Submarine ... see enlargement below
Mid - Bulk Carrier Cactus K
Foreground - NOAA's Oscar Dyson

Surprising capture ... we actually did not see this sub until we
were putting the photos together for this post.
Subs are unusual in this part of Puget Sound

Cactus K
We like the name!

NOAA's Oscar Dyson is looking rusty!
Due to funding cut back for NOAA?
Sky Watch

A portion of a Sun Halo, aka Sun dog
January 22nd  3:43 PM
Sun Halo Info
Have you ever seen a sun halo?

Winter sunset.
January 22nd  4:36 PM
Enjoy more sky photos at Skywatch Friday and thanks to Yogi for hosting.

Circling Year Calendar for February ...

Now, if you sense there has been an error because the calendar below is for 1917 ... yes, we know that. Old calendars fascinate us, however, and especially so when the old days line up with the current year. Enjoy the thoughts ... we've repeated them under each page in the caption. (We started sharing the Circling Year Calendar 1917 in our Monday, January 15th post.)

January 28th through February 10
True Nobility
To be good is noble but to teach others how to be good
is nobler -- and less trouble.  Mark Twain

February 11 through 24th
My Symphony
To live content with small means -- to seek elegance rather
than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion -- to be worthy,
not respectable and wealthy, not rich -- to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly -- to listen to stars and birds, to babes and
sages, with open heart -- to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions hurry never -- in a word to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious -- grow up through the common -- this
is to be my symphony.   William Henry Channing

February 25 through March 10
The Daily Duty
I have never had a policy.
I have simply tried to do what seemed best
each day as each day came.   Lincoln
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.