Monday, December 17, 2012

Glacier Park Handcolored Art Views

Heavens Peak

If you had traveled to Glacier National Park about 90 years ago you might have stopped at the gift shop in the Lodge and picked up a little something to help you remember your trip.  Perhaps it would have been this little playing-card sized box of Handcolored Art Views of the Park. The little 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 cards, offered in a slip-cover box, are called "handcolored" because this was before color photography.  Black and white photos were taken and then hand colored by artists.  And, of course, it would be nice to pick up "half a hundred" of the cards for only $1.00.

Here at John's Island we collect this sort of memorabilia.  We are especially interested in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.  This time of year when we are inside we like to go through and enjoy some of these things in the collection.  These little cards were produced by T. J. Hileman, who was the Official Photographer of Glacier National Park and you can read more about him here.

Baring Falls

Bear Grass on Iceberg Lake Trail

Cut Bank Chalets and River

Garden Wall and Valley

Glacier Park Hotel

Going-to-the-Sun Mountain

Grinnell Lake and Glacier

Josephine Lake and Gould Mountain

Lake Ellen Wilson from Gunsight Pass

Lake St Mary below Narrows

Lobby Glacier Park Hotel

Lobby Many Glacier Hotel

Many Glacier Hotel

Morning Eagle Falls

Mt Rockwell

Ptarmigan Lake

South from Granite Park

Sunset McDermott Lake

Swift Current Glacier and Trail

Switchbacks Swift Current Trail

Tourists at Many Glacier Hotel

Trick Falls

Twin Falls

Two Medicine Chalets

Two Medicine Lake from Chalets

Two Medicine Lake
As you were looking at the cards you may have noticed some deterioration.  They are, after all, somewhere around 90 years old. In several ways they can actually be enjoyed more now looking at them online. For example, they are enlarged here about 3x and it is easy to click through them. Thank you for stopping by John's Island. We welcome and appreciate your kind comments.  


  1. Oh they are so lovely! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  2. really neat. something about that hand-tinting effect that is beautiful.

  3. Wonderful, and historic, piece of ephemera. I love the historic quality of these and the phrase, "half a hundred", needs to be used today.

  4. What a fabulous collection you have, John! They really are quite beautiful. I know they have faded with age, but I especially like the subtle colors. A joy to view more of your fascinating memorabilia!


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