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Monday, June 30, 2014

Yellowstone Lake

Early brochure featuring Yellowstone Lake
and Yellowstone Lake Boat Company

Top: Alligator Point from South East Arm
Bottom: Young Pelicans on Molly Island, South East Arm

Per Wiki first permits for Boat Company issued 1890
Date of this brochure unknown, probably early 1900s

Top: The Jean D.
Bottom: Outlet of the Upper Yellowstone, South East Arm
How about a better photo of the Jean D ...

Steamboat on Lake, Yellowstone National Park

This card was mailed September 17, 1913

Information on back of card about Steamboat

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Journey South - Costa Rican Sunset

March 10, 2014
Puntarenas, Costa Rica



Some sunsets are more memorable than others; perhaps it's the beauty, time, or place.  Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

112 Years Ago Today

June 28th, 1902, 8:00 am, Mary Boltwood is scheduled to start her tour of Yellowstone National Park. Before departure she took a moment to pen a postcard to Miss Alyce Twamley in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and sometime during the day, dropped the card in a mailbox.  It is postmarked June 28, 1902, 6 PM, Yellowstone National Park.



One day earlier, Mary wrote a short note on a similar card to Mr. Fred Twamley advising that she was at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on the north edge of the Park. She says they have seen hot water and steam vents, but no geysers as yet.



These early postcards were produced by Haynes Studio. F. J. Haynes was the "Official" Photographer for the Park.
Produced by Haynes
Thanks for stopping by John's Island for a glance back 112 years.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gallatin Gateway Entrance - Yellowstone


Artist's rendition of
the Gallatin Gateway Entrance
to Yellowstone National Park

Published by Chicago, Milwaukee, & St Paul
Railway
Published in 1920, the back of the card description:



Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big Man


Image of "Big Man" Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Omaha, Nebraska.  Card mailed September 10, 1905, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.  One cent postage applied upside down.  Mailed to Oxford, PA.  Note on the card:  "This is my Western Friend. --- LEW"

This may be a fairly rare image given that it does not appear in the first few hundred results in a Google Images search "Big Man Native American".


Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Camping YNP 1908 with Shaw and Powell

The luggage tag in excellent condition
is a lucky find.
Covers of Shaw & Powell brochure
published about 1908


Schedule of Charges
Five and 1/2 day tour with food,
lodging, and transportation
for $30.
NO tipping, NO extra charges.















Rare map showing
lunch and camp locations is
the centerfold.











The TESTIMONIALS make for
some interesting reading.





Postcard mailed in early 1900s at Gardiner, Montana
Shows Shaw & Powell Camp at
Delacy Creek, Third Night

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wylie Way to Yellowstone


Put yourself back, just for a moment, to around 1900. These were the days before cars and jets. How are you going to visit America's first National Park, the place people are calling "wonderland"? Perhaps someone might send you this little postcard fold-out about touring the Park the "Wylie Way".  You would probably arrive at the Park's edge via railroad and then board one of the Wylie horse-drawn coaches to see Yellowstone up close. For most, this would be the trip of a lifetime.

Wylie Way
Postcard Fold-out
22 total views
(11 front and back)

Front Cover
The postcard folder was ready to be mailed.
This one was not.

Back Cover
Drawing of scene at Top of Mt Washburn
Note the attire of visitors!
We are tempted to show you all 22 postcard views in the folder, but many of them are similar to vintage postcards we've shown you before.  Here are a few of the unusual views ...

Fishing Cone
Famous because a fisherman standing on the cone
could swing one way to catch a fresh fish in
Yellowstone Lake and then swing the other way
to cook the fish in the boiling water in the cone.
(Still there today but you can't fish from it!)

Bears Feeding on Wylie Camp Garbage
There is no feeding of bears in YNP today.
It must have been fun to watch.

Petrified Trees
Still there today, of course, but not highlighted so much
because people vandalized the area trying to take
home souvenirs

View after just entering the Park at West Entrance
Back in these days it was called Christmas Tree Park
(Probably multiple reasons they quit calling it
that)
Not a part of the folder, but a separate postcard showing a Wylie Coach ...

A Wylie Coach
by W S Berry
(Berry Postcard #61)

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.