From our collection ... views from 1909
|Lone Star Geyser
"Most symmetrical and perfect geyser cone
in the Park"
|The Growler, the Hurricane, and Old Constant Geyser
"Here all is noise, uproar, confusion and surprises."
|Queer Old Liberty Cap and
Mammoth Springs Hotel
|Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
"You are standing on Inspiration Point looking
directly up the canyon toward Yellowstone Falls."
|Yellowstone Lake Paint Pots
"The Paint Pots are like great cauldrons of cooking
pigments, unlimited in quantity and in variety of color."
"The material of which this escarpment of volcanic
outpouring consists is a true natural glass."
|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."
|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."
|Sunset Glory, Lower Basin
|#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."
|Bee Hive Geyser
"The Bee Hive is one of the intensely interesting geysers
of the Upper Basin."
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!"
"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."
"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
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."
|The old container showing its age.
|Overview of container and cards.