Saturday, May 31, 2014

Really Old Pics of Yellowstone - Part 4

We continue to share some scans of photochroms in our collection. Photochrom prints are colorized images produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography, a broader term that refers to color lithography in general. In our modern digital world it seems we take color photography for granted. One thing that interests us is the history ... all of the photos below we made before color film.  According to Wikipedia in 1935, American Kodak introduced the first modern "integral tripack" color film and called it Kodachrome.

Most of the photochroms in the collection here have names printed on them. Sometimes we can't read the information since, over the years (more than 100), it has blended/faded into the printing of the photo itself. For example, in the first photochrom below the name information is printed in a dark golden color not that much different than the color of the soil in the background.  If we can read the information it is usually given under the photo.

This is our 4th, and final, post on this subject for a while.  Check out our previous posts of Really Old Pics of Yellowstone:
part 1 is here.
part 2 is here.
part 3 is here.

Castle Geyser
(not sure, but we think that is Crested Pool
in the foreground)

Norris Geyser Basin
Yellowstone Park
Detroit Photographic Company

Hayden Valley
Yellowstone National Park
Detroit Photographic Company
Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park
(exact date is unclear)
Military Post and Giantess Geyser group
Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, 1902
Detroit Publishing Company

Mammoth Paint Pots

From visiting YNP we can say that the location above is called Golden Gate. There is no name printed on the photo.  Take a look at another view of this on an old stereo view posted on the web here. 

This will complete the photochrom posts for a while. Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed looking at these vintage photos of YNP. Awesome!


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