Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yellowstone Tour 1909

From our collection ... views from 1909

Lone Star Geyser
"Most symmetrical and perfect geyser cone
in the Park"
These are "stereoview cards or stereographs" ... approximately 7 inches by 3 1/4 inches. Published by Keystone View Company, 1909. The cards are slightly curved.

The Growler, the Hurricane, and Old Constant Geyser
"Here all is noise, uproar, confusion and surprises."
The cards are intended to be used with a "stereoviewer." Our introduction to stereoviews is in our post of January 8, 2016, here. When viewed through the right viewer the 3D effect is quite amazing.

Queer Old Liberty Cap and
Mammoth Springs Hotel
Each card has a brief description and card number printed on the front at the bottom. A more detailed description is printed on the back ... see example below (near end of post).

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
"You are standing on Inspiration Point looking
directly up the canyon toward Yellowstone Falls."
Most stereoviews published around this time were black and white although there are some "colorized" versions out there.

Yellowstone Lake Paint Pots
"The Paint Pots are like great cauldrons of cooking
pigments, unlimited in quantity and in variety of color."

Obsidian Cliffs
"The material of which this escarpment of volcanic
outpouring consists is a true natural glass."
This set of cards is Volume 1 of a Tour of the World. We do not have any of the other Volumes in the set. Anyone who has the full set in good condition has a real treasure!

Commotion in the Devil's Ink Pot
"Many things about the Yellowstone Park suggest the
'Lower Regions,' that place of torment, prepared for the sinful,
and characterized by great heat and the fumes of burning brimstone."
Regarding the captions, the portions in quotes are taken from the back of the cards. Other parts of the captions are usually from the brief description on the front.

Castle Geyser and Its Indicator in Activity
"The Castle has the largest and highest cone of any geyser
in the park. It is about 30 feet in height and the diameter of
the base is about 100 feet."

Rocky Mountain Divide
"One of the most interesting parts of the coach tour of the Park is
along Isa Lake. When the water is high in this lake it actually flows
out in two directions --- one part going to the Atlantic ocean and
the other to the Pacific ocean."
We wonder how many people viewed these kinds of cards and then decided to see the Park in person. In those days a trip to Yellowstone was quite expensive and a serious journey.

A Beaver Dam
"Here we have true terraced pools, as whe have at the Hot Springs; but
these are much larger, the waters are soft and cold, and the builders of these
dams wer living and intelligent agents instead of unconscious chemical and
physical forces."

Sunset Glory, Lower Basin
Regarding the card above ... it is difficult to experience the glory of a sunset in black and white but they gave it a good try.

Upper Falls
"The Upper Falls of the Yellowstone are interesting not only because
of their rocky setting, which is unusually fine, but because the waters
are so suddenly massed at the summit and so precipitately plunged into
a deep, seething pool 112 feet below."

#13578 -- A Thousand Time Better Than Words ---
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
"In whatever light and in whatever mood of mind one may
view the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, he finds it
surprising, beautiful, and enchanting."

Summit of the Upper Falls

After Winter's First Visit
"In this view the young lady is standing between the
roadside and the canyon of the Little Gardiner River,
and is helping herself from a drift of freshly fallen snow."

Gardiner and National Park Entrance
"This view shows: The Gardiner Railway Station and the
Monumental Arch which spans the carriage road as it crosses
the northern boundary line of the Park."

Old Faithful -- Queen of Geysers
"The geyser here seen is perhaps the most famous in the world."

Gateway to the Park
"Visitors to the Yellowstone National Park, on leaving the railway
station at Gardiner, immediately pass through the monumental stone
archway, shown in this view, and thereby enter upon a governmental
reservation that was set aside by Congressional enactment in 1872, 'For
the benefit and enjoyment of the people.'"

Bee Hive Geyser
"The Bee Hive is one of the intensely interesting geysers
of the Upper Basin."
Who was the photographer? ...

Are you wondering who took these photos and who deserves the credit? According to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, "The Keystone View Company was founded in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1892. By 1905 it was the foremost producer of stereo views in the world. From 1892 to 1963 Keystone produced both educational and comic/sentimental view images using staff photographers whose work was not credited. In 1963 the company was sold and its home-sales stereo view division was closed."

The Noisy Roadside Growler
"The Growler is properly named."

A Little Hot Pot, Crest of Jupiter Terrace
"Watch it Boil!"

Firehole River
"The view on this card is of a spot along the Firehole Rive, but it
is only a sample of hundreds of similar scenes in this wonderland."

Hayden Valley
"On this trip the tourist crosses the celebrated Hayden Valley, which
with its meandering outline of forest border, approximately circular,
has an average diameter of nearly ten miles."

Great Falls and Grand Canyon

Back of card: Great Falls and Grand Canyon and example of
how each card has a description printed on the back.

Looking Down the Grand Canyon from Inspiration Point

Famous Fishpot and Beautiful Yellowstone Lake
We are curious ... 

What do you think about these old photographs? Isn't it interesting to look at the changes in just over 100 years ... and, yet, Yellowstone itself has not really changed that much, has it?

Fascinating story of "one of those places they talk about."
"Catch a trout from the cool waters of the lake and,
without changing your position or taking the fish from the hook,
can drop it in a hot spring and cook it to a finish."

Golden Gate
"The 'Golden Gate,' in the Yellowstone National Park, was so named,
first, because the entrance from below appears like a gateway; and, second,
because the abundance of yellow lichens that flourish on the walls of
the cliffs gives to large patches, aggregating acres of surface, a
decidedly yellow color."

The old container showing its age.
If you are interested in learning more about the Keystone View Company and the full Tour of the World, the University of Texas appears to have the full set here.

Overview of container and cards.
If you have not seen Yellowstone National Park in person we urge you to put it on your list of places to see. It is one of the most fascinating places in the world.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day and MORE

An old postcard to wish you a Happy St Patrick's Day ...

The Land of the Shamrock
Best Wishes from John's Island for a
Happy St Patrick's Day
Spring is on the way ...

Artwork by St. John (no, not this John, ha ha)
Spring begins Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM PDT
This old card was published about 1910.

Sign of Spring at the market!
Maritime Update ...

Two new ships spotted in Puget Sound on March 16, 2016 ...

Our Photo
Evergreen Ever Strong Container Ship
(Green in honor of St Patrick's Day!)

Screen Capture from FleetMon.com

Ever Strong Info from VesselFinder.com
(Screen Capture)

Location of Ever Strong when spotted.
March 16, 2016
(Screen Capture)

New Ro-Ro Cargo Ship ...

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo. (From Wikipedia)

Our Photo
North Star Ro-Ro Cargo Ship
Enroute to Port of Tacoma
March 16, 2016

North Star Info from FleetMon.com
(Screen Capture)

North Star Info from VesselFinder.com
(Screen Capture)

Location of North Star when spotted.
Via VesselFinder.com
(Screen Capture)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Carkeek / Eagles / Woodpecker / Solar Eclipse

A scene in Carkeek Park
Seattle, Washington
Part 1 - Visit to Seattle's Carkeek Park ...

One of the larger parks in the city of Seattle is Carkeek Park located north of downtown and right on the edge of Puget Sound. We visited the Park last week and have a few photos to share. First of all, we learned something new about Google Maps. If you will search for Carkeek Park and zoom in you will see something like the image below. Click on the Street View icon and drag it over near the shoreline and you will see a couple of small circles which represent Photo Spheres ... release the icon over one of the Spheres to see the panoramic views in the screen shots below. The specific location is where a pedestrial bridge goes over the railroad tracks for access to the beach area. Railfans like the location for getting pictures of trains.

Search Google Maps for Carkeek Park
Use the Street View icon to select a Photo Sphere.
(By the way ... Per Google, it is OK to share
Street View and Map images.)
Victor Agababov's Photo Sphere - Dec 2014
(Capture is the view looking South
from the pedestrian overpass)
Victor Agababov's Photo Sphere - Dec 2014
(Capture is the view looking North)
Our photo, taken last week, of the view from the bridge
over the rails looking North.
Our attention was drawn to this group of trees.
Closer inspection revealed two eagles enjoying the nice day.

As we were watching the eagles a BNSF freight
arrived from the north and pulled up to a stop just after
passing the bridge.

Minutes later one of the afternoon Sounder commuter
trains on its journey northbound to Everett passed the freight.
More nature from the Park ...

New growth coming out of old branches seems amazing.

Yes, the MOSS is amazing this year!
Guess why!

Trees are just about ready to leaf-out.
Cherry trees starting to bloom.
This Park has some great walks.

Last pic from the Park looking westward over Puget Sound
to the Olympic Mountains

Part 2 - A Woodpecker story ...

Imagine yourself sitting at home one day reading and suddenly hear some strange sounds. It's like a bird call followed by some serious tapping on something metal. It repeats over and over. Of course, we had to investigate what was happening at, what turns out to be, the house nextdoor. It's a woodpecker on the chimney cap. And, it's a two step process:  A serious few seconds of calling, and then a second or two of drilling down on the cap. We got out the recorder and captured the sound so you could actually HEAR how fun this is! Apparently, this is not so uncommon. We did some research on the web and found the picture we are using with our sound recording below. Have you experienced anything like this?

Part 3 - Solar Eclipse, March 2016 ...

One of the sciences we are interested in is Astronomy. We witnessed the total solar eclipse that passed over Washington State in 1979 and found it completely amazing. So, you won't be surprised that we were excited to hear that Alaska Airlines had slightly rerouted a flight from Anchorage to Hawaii so that the passengers could experience the eclipse this last Tuesday (March 8). We heard that a passenger on the plan recorded a video and so we looked around to see if we could find it online. Sure enough, thanks to Alaska Airlines, here it is! (By the way, before you watch ... The guy who recorded this was so overwhelmed that almost all he could say, over and over, was Oh My God. Well, it truly is a glorious thing, so maybe OK??? We're just sayin' ... definitely worth WATCHING!)

The whole story, on the Official Alaska Airlines blog, is here.

To read about the total solar eclipse in Washington state in 1979, look here.

How about it ... Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse?

Mostly Mt Rainier

Back to Mt. Rainier 2024 ... At the entrance gate the Ranger provided a map of the Park and a sheet of info for Spring 2024.  I was careful ...