Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho -- Gustav Krollman

From the University of Minnesota website ...

"Gustav Krollman was born in Vienna, Austria in 1888 and trained to be a portrait painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1923 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By the late 1920s he was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad as an artist for the railroad’s promotional travel poster campaign specifically to create posters that would attract visitors to the scenic locations along the rail route."

The posters were often reproduced on postcards like these featuring Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. We have two cards with the same view but printed at different times. First, the older card ...

The description ...

Now, the newer card ...

Compare them side by side to see some interesting differences. We wonder if the artist was involved in the changes made to the newer print or if that was all left up to a technician at the printing plant.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. I am a fan of the older version.

  2. I'm voting for the newer one as I like the bright fresh color. However the older one has that aged sepia appearance.

  3. Interesting to see them side-by-side. It seems the older one has slightly more detail, so I would vote for it.

  4. Beautiful simplicity. A few strokes of color and voila! I think I like the first one the best, though both are really stunning.

  5. oh, i'm guessing the artist had no rights or say-so. i prefer the old view. :)

  6. Interesting see the two side by side. I like the oldest one best.

  7. For some reason this didn't show up in my Reader until Wednesday morning. I like the new one, but it does make you wonder how they updated it. :-)


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