Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yellowstone in Stereo / Cats on Postcards / SkyWatch

Yellowstone Stereoviews

In the early 1900s, some people, way ahead of their time when it comes to imaging, were into stereoviews. A stereo camera basically takes two pictures, which, when viewed through a stereoviewer, give a 3-dimensional image. Pretty cool, but expensive, in those days. Finding these view cards in good condition today is challenging. We have shared some of our Yellowstone National Park stereoviews in earlier posts. Today, some views of the Park taken by H. C. White. In the early 1900s he offered a box of 15 views, which ultimately ended up in our collection. Hope you enjoy some of the views below.

H C White Yellowstone Stereoview
Box of 15 views.
Also shown ... the viewer.
[ Click on any image to enlarge ]

Included in the box ...
The "Perfec" Stereograph
Edition de LUXE
Patented April 14, 1903.
(Almost 114 years ago)
The view above, showing a stagecoach entering the Park, is not marked with H C White's name as are the others below. The views are also attached to a slightly different color of card stock. Does this mean the card is not the work of H C White and/or did not originally appear in this box set? We don't know the answer to that. All of the cards are marked "Perfec" Stereograph.

In this view a stagecoach, full of tourists, has just passed over
the Gardiner River near the northern entrance
to the Park. They are on their way to Mammoth
Hot Springs, first major stop on their tour.

Mammoth Hot Springs
For scale, note the tourists at top left!

The stagecoach is passing the "Golden Gate" on the way
further into the Park.

Buffalo in Stereo!
Yellowstone National Park
Early 1900s
The perfect roundup for critter photos is Eileen's Saturday's Critters. Check out more critter photos at her linkup. Thanks, Eileen, for hosting!

Famous Fishing Cone
Yellowstone National Park
The view above is one of the better images we've seen of fishing cone. The story goes like this: A person fishing in Yellowstone Lake catches a nice fish, swings around and lowers the fish into the boiling water in the cone.  The fish is ready for dinner in a matter of a few seconds. Of course, today, you cannot walk out onto the cone and try this for yourself! :-)

Fort Yellowstone
early 1900s
Did you know that Yellowstone, even in the late 1800s, needed the Army to protect it? Yes, it's true, and that is what required Fort Yellowstone. The buildings in the view above show the quarters for the troops stationed there. This area, today, is called Mammoth.

By the way, it is not so easy to get a good scanned image of the stereoviews. The views are mounted on stiff cardboard which is slightly curved. Some parts of the scans may turn out slightly out of focus. It might be possible to get a better copy by using a camera, a very small aperture, and a lot light.

Postcards for the Weekend #32

By way of background, we think collecting postcards is a pretty neat hobby. One good thing is that you can get a lot of postcards into a small space when it comes to storage. And, of course, just about any thing you can think of can be featured on a postcard. Some of the folks who collect cards are into sharing them on the World Wide Web. Last year, one collector started a link-up for those of us who wish to share our cards and see what others have as well. That is how Postcards for the Weekend came to be. Each week, Maria, host of PFTW, sets a theme and asks us to linkup. This weekend is #32 of the linkup and the theme is "whimsical and/or magical". We were concerned that this would be a tough theme for us but we happened to take a look at one of the other bloggers who has already linked up, and, as it happens, another John, shared Whimsical Cats. Fortunately that reminded us of our card below, a cat cookout! Thanks to John Edwards for guidance and to Maria for hosting Postcards for the Weekend. Be sure to check out other cards by other bloggers at the linkup.

Cat Cookout!
Don't miss the champagne in the cooling log!
What a whimsical party!

Back of the unused card.


Pictures taken from our west facing window looking out over Puget Sound, Washington.

A bulk carrier vessel departs Seattle
under late afternoon rays of sunshine.
April 2nd  6:00 PM

Gold in the Clouds.
April 1st  7:38 PM
Check out more neat sky photos by other bloggers at Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting!

Closing thought ...
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
     Albert Einstein


  1. Wow they even have champagne! I'm craving for a glass of mimosa now. Have a nice weekend ahead John!

  2. I am glad you are a collector, since I get to enjoy your postcards, and I don't even have to find a place to store them. Love the stereo cards, John, and your whimsical cats. :-)

  3. Love the whimsical postcard. And this stereo views... how interesting! I had never seen that as postcards.

  4. Hello, I love your Yellowstone cards and post. It is cool seeing all the critters in Yellowstone. Cute cat postcard. The sky shots are lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, have great day and new week ahead!

  5. I'm a sky lover. (okay, let out a secret)

  6. I love those stereo cards. I have seen them in antique stores and thought about buying them...but didn't! Wish I had! I also enjoy your sky shots. Such great views for you!

  7. Stereo view was just one of the inventions that lead to bigger things later.

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  9. I remember those stern viewers.Very interesting.Of course I love the skywatch shots. These are both amazing.

  10. I've seen stereoviews taken during the Civil War, one of my interests. You can see them in various places online. Reminds me, in some ways, of the Viewmaster of our childhood. I loved mine! Alana

  11. anthropomorphic cats are always fun and whimsical!

  12. Hello John, I enjoyed this post. I have a stereoscope viewer too. My favourite card is one of the moon. To think that back in the late Victorian period you could be sitting in your comfortable chair and have a really good 3D look at the moon: amazing!! Bye for now, Kirk.

  13. Hallo John, I like the postcard "Cat Cookout" and also the gold in your sky. Very nice.

  14. I remember when those viewers were the rage and so progressive! Now they are pieces of history. Lovely skies, too!

  15. Interesting about the stereoscope!!
    Beautiful sky photos.

  16. Love the colors of the cats cookout postcard. :)
    Beautiful photos as always.

    May you have a meaningful Holy Week!

  17. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, John. You are inspiring.

  18. I love your photos. I always wanted to visit your part of the States but I never got out there; so I'm glad you share with us :) You asked if we get snow--I've been here 10 years and have only seen one snowfall that was substantial;otherwise, we get just a dusting every few years.
    The interesting thing about blogging is that I have found that your coastline looks a lot like mine!
    Stop by my blog anytime!

  19. I inherited two stereoscopes from my grandparents as a young boy with lots of the cards including some of Yellowstone. My grands were quite impressed with them...:)

  20. The technology of the day! Thanks for posting all these interesting photos, postcards, and great information about them.


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