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.
|Bear Grass on Iceberg Lake Trail|
|Cut Bank Chalets and River|
|Garden Wall and Valley|
|Glacier Park Hotel|
|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|
|South from Granite Park|
|Sunset McDermott Lake|
|Swift Current Glacier and Trail|
|Switchbacks Swift Current Trail|
|Tourists at Many Glacier Hotel|
|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.