Sunday, August 30, 2015

Souvenir Folders - Part 2 - and More

Haynes Souvenir Folder
Yellowstone Park
Series A
Old Faithful Region
[Front Cover]

From our old postcard collection ... In our last post we introduced an early Souvenir Folder from Yellowstone National Park. These folders allowed tourists to pick up postcard views of scenes in the Park ... several scenes in one folder. In the mid 1900s the Official Photographer for the Park was F. J. Haynes who operated several shops in the park in order to sell his photographs and postcards. Haynes published a series of Souvenir Folders and we will be sharing them with you. This folder is Series A, the Old Faithful Region; publishing date was probably in the 1930s or 40s. Back in those days you could have mailed one of these folders (without a message!) to a friend for one and a half cents. Yes, believe it or not, at one time the US Postal Service sold stamps with a one half cent value. Check them out on the web if you are curious. To the best of our recollection we have never seen one that was used on any of the old postcards or souvenir folders in our collection.  How about you, have you ever seen a half cent postage stamp? Might be a neat stamp to add to a stamp collection.

Photo from the Web.

Now, here are some of the scenes you see in the Series A folder ...

[Left] Riverside Geyser
[Right] Daisy Geyser

[Left] Old Faithful
[Right] Grand Geyser

[Left] Old Faithful at Sunrise
[Right] Old Faithful Geyser and Spectators

Oblong Geyser Crater

Emerald Pool

Description of YNP printed on inside back cover.

Back Cover
"Grizzly Bear Family"

Recent skies ...

August 22nd
Late afternoon

August 26th
Moon setting over Puget Sound

August 25th
Early Evening
Pink clouds over Olympic Mountains

August 26th

August 21st
For our friends who enjoy sky photography, here is part of an article from the Washington Post. This will give a heads-up on September's Full Moon around the end of the month.

By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. August 29 at 5:43 PM

"Forget July’s blue moon. For September’s full moon, you’ll probably see red. Catch a compelling, cosmic treat Sept. 27 and 28: It’s a full harvest moon featuring a total lunar eclipse.

As Earth travels around the sun, the planet always casts a shadow. Late in September, the moon moves across that shadow, and we are in a perfect place to watch a total lunar eclipse. By the way, it’s the largest full moon of the year.

The partial phase starts at 9:07 p.m. Sept. 27, when our lunar neighbor cruises into the Earth’s penumbral shadow, according to Fred Espenak, a NASA alumnus and noted eclipse expert. Over the following hour, the moon advances into the umbral shadow. At 10:11 p.m., the moon reaches totality, completely engrossed in the umbra, or the darkest part of the shadow — and that’s when skygazers may bask in an orange-red moon. (Espenak’s Web site:"

A few more dahlias ...

In our last post we included some pictures taken at the Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden on August 16th. Here are a few more from that session ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Looks like im first to comment!! Firstly I think the art work in the folders is really detailed, secondly I really love your pink clouds. Lastly the yellow and pink dahlia is beautiful !

  2. Beautiful sunset photos! And the flowers!

    About the stamps, I wonder what else could have been purchased with half a cent in those days. I mean, was it cheap to mail something or could that same amount have bought a carton of eggs and a loaf of bread?

    Love the stuff about the harvest moon. Isn't it funny that even in our modern world man stares at the sky and wonders what it all means?

  3. hello John, I am enjoying your Yellowstone series. It is one of my favorite parks. Your sky shots are awesome. And the flowers are beautiful. I will look forward to seeing the full moon in September. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

  4. Great collection you have, and nice sky photos...many thanks for sharing. Greetings!

  5. Lovely post cards and pictures today John. I love geysers. Though I've never been to Yellowstone, I have been to NZ where they also have geysers. I thought it fascinating how the Maori used to cook food in those geysers in days gone by. By the way, I noticed how close Montana is to Yellowstone. I imagine you had a good chance to visit Yellowstone often in person.

  6. Interest collection. We've visited Yellowstone many many times...:)

  7. Wonderful post! When you think of a half-cent today, it's hard to grasp, isn't it? I'm sitting in a coffee shop where I can get internet, as we are without power at home. It's been almost a full day already. :-(

  8. I love all your pics for the day, John!! A great collection! And I really enjoy the postcards!! Yellowstone is such an incredible park and I did enjoy living so close to it when we lived in Montana! We went there frequently! And, such lovely, colorful flowers!! Delightful!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!!

  9. Hi John, I'd also like to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving beautiful comments.Your visits are will always be welcome.

    My grandpa used to collect stamps. I have seen really cheap ones in his collection, I just don't remember if there was a half cent worth. This kind of price sounds kinda funny nowadays.

    All those postcards from the National park reminds and will remind people of how beautiful places have been and I hope it gives people inspiration to keep the world's beauty, if not make it more beautiful.

    You've got gorgeous shots of those flowers. And the skies of course - it's for me is a constant reminder that life is filled with wonders to admire.

  10. I love your vintage collection, John, and your photos are gorgeous!

  11. hope the skies are clearing from the smoke. lovely blooms. cute postcard collection. and i guess you just can't buy 1 stamp of that value. :)

  12. Great collection of cards and the flowers are very pretty.
    I've never seen 1/2 cent stamp but I remember when you could mail a letter for 4 cents. : ) I guess I'm dating myself.

  13. I have never witnessed a 1/2 cent stamp!

  14. We've had the smoky skies all week, but I haven't taken any smoky shots.

  15. What a nice post, John, amazing flowers and skies, so interesting the stamp.
    Have a pleasant day!

  16. Hello John! Warmest Greetings from the Philippines! Those postcards about the Geysers look so nice and interesting! I haven't seen a geyser ever before except from the movies and documentaries I have watched! And those Dahlias look very fresh and beautiful! It was Dahlia season when I arrived in SF and I remember the isles at Safeway and Whole Foods have a lot of those big plump flowers :)

    Thank you so much John for visiting my blog and I am just so happy to see you there! Thank you so much for the comment you left and I shall be posting my Wall of Mugs on my blog soon. I hope to see you there again :)


  17. I like your new page header. :)
    These are lovely collections again. At first I thought there's some bombing. Then wow, they are actually rivers. The bears look adorable and menacing at the same time. The vivid colors of the flowers are a joy to look at.

    Hope your week is going smoothly.

  18. Lovely flowers! My moss flowers and my other plants are wilting like my's gone crunchy and the recent rains (while getting us out of the burn ban) did nothing to encourage a revival of green and healthy.
    Your Yellowstone collection makes me miss my favorite place in the world to vacation. It's been about four years now. :(

  19. Beautiful images. You know I love the Dahlias.

  20. A lovely series of gorgeous shots and cards.

  21. Just stopping in to see how you are doing John. I hope you are having a great week so far and that the winds and rain have died down!

  22. Thank you for this interesting post.Wow, how beautiful are the geysers! I love all your flower pics but the yellow one is so special.

  23. So many awesome photos here! Love the flowers and the skies. Yellowstone looks like such a beautiful place. The Old Faithful picture looks very much like the picture on the 5 cent U.S. Old Faithful stamp. I bet my sister has some of the fraction of a cent stamps in her collection. Wouldn't it be neat if a fraction of a cent was still worth something these days?! Now a dollar is hardly worth anything!


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