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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tom Dawson - Mountain Man [1940s]

From our collection of old postcards ...




Today's old postcard was published by the Great Northern Railway, probably in the 1940s, to stir interest in travel to Glacier National Park. Glacier and Yellowstone have been two of the most popular National Parks in the West. A web search for more info on Tom doesn't reveal much ... on one of the Glacier Park History sites we found this:  Thomas Dawson, an old-time guide in this area, and son of Andrew Dawson, last factor of the American Fur Company at Fort Benton.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

15 comments:

  1. Good morning, John! Another great postcard, I like Tom Dawson the mountain man. Glacier Nat'l Park is a great place to explore. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  2. This made that old song run through my head, "Davy, Daaavy Crocket, king of the wild frontier!"

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  3. Another great card, John!! I do enjoy these so much!! Thanks for sharing!! As you can see, I couldn't stay away from blogging and the computer!!! I hope you have a great weekend!!

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  4. I thought the same thing that Sandi did. : )
    I had a hat like that when I was a kid - a Davy Crockett hat.

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  5. Love all the old portraiture in your card collection. Weather here is lousy. I hope it is better where you are. Have a good Thursday.

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  6. I love vintage cards and this one is really neat.

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  7. A great portrait of this mountain man!

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  8. What a face! I love it, John. Settling down for the evening after a great hike. :-)

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  9. It's frustrating when we can find little info on some of these characters. Try George Kooteni Brown who was in the same area but on the Canadian side.

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  10. He looks like an experienced and strong character. Love that coon-skin hat. My mother worked for a tanner once making hats from his furs; I don't think we've ever looked at a road kill (or unfortunately, living racoon) the same way since. We always find ourselves admiring the fur a little too much...but we do our best to try never to let our admiration give way to envy though.

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  11. Nice expression indeed, a great postcard.
    Many greetings!

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  12. beautiful. sometimes i wish i could become a modern mountain woman and leave society.

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  13. This is a portrait of my great grandfather, it was used for the Great Northern RR calendar in 1950.

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