Sunday, February 11, 2018

Yellowstone Lantern Slides and More

Welcome to John's Island

Those of you who have followed us for a while will know that we collect Yellowstone National Park memorabilia. Postcards, books, brochures, stereo views, and even a few lantern slides. In the early 1900s tour companies were trying to attract tourists to the Park. They hired professional photographers to snap views in the park. The photos were made into glass lantern slides which were the precursor to film slides. Lantern slides got their name the device, known as a Magic Lantern, that was used to project the image onto a screen. The tour companies put on presentations where potential tourists were treated to slide shows featuring the wonders of Yellowstone. We selected three of our lantern slides to share below.

Camping in Yellowstone National Park
Can you guess the year?

A tourist looking into Beehive Geyser
Yellowstone National Park
Getting this close is no longer allowed and, really,
not too smart.

Picture from the web showing Beehive in eruption in 2013
Note tourists on bridge behind ... as close as they can get.

1936 White Motor Company Tour Busses
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel as it appears today.
Photo from the web.

The same three slides on the light box.

To give you an idea of the size.
Read more about Magic Lantern and slides

Something newer ...

Out for a walk last Sunday, February 4th ...

Note the moss on top of the sidewalk wall.
On the other hand ... blue skies and mild temps prevailed!

We think the neighbor's dog wanted to go along.
Love critters? We do and so we're linking up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  Thanks to Eileen for hosting the link up.

Our first spotting of daffodils blooming.
This seems early!

Early little bloomers in the neighborhood.

We didn't see the bee until reviewing
our photos.

Sky Watch

February 4th  5:15 PM
Looking over Puget Sound to the West
Tallest peak - The Brothers, Olympic Mountain Range

February 4th  4:42 PM

February 4th  5:11 PM

January 30th  4:47 PM
Linking up with Skywatch Friday  Thanks to Yogi for hosting the link up.

Last colorful glimpse ... Feb 4th  5:36 PM
Dark clouds above but clearing in the far west
created a colorful sunset.
Just yesterday ...

February 10th  7:33 AM
Morning sun just beginning to illuminate the Olympic Mountains
Mostly clear skies ... nice day ahead.

February 10th  5:21 PM
Sun peeking below clouds portends colorful sky to come.

February 10th  5:29 PM
More spectacular than anticipated!

February 10th  5:36 PM
Red sky at night ...
Beautiful end to a beautiful day!

Ship Watch
Hapag-Lloyd Ulsan Express
February 2nd  3:27 PM

OOCL Vancouver
January 27th  7:32 AM

February 4th  5:11 PM

January 30th  5:04 PM
Commuters passing at twilight.
Ferries crossing Puget Sound
Postcards for the Weekend

This week's theme at Postcards for the Weekend is "Love/Lovely." We think we found a card in our collection to share. Let us know what you think. Thanks to Maria for hosting the link up.

The Social Call by Bell Telephone
Guessing publication 1920, plus or minus a few years.
Wiki says candlestick phones 1890s to 1940

Back of the unused card.
One cent postage.

Publisher's logo enlarged.
American Telephone & Telegraph
(Yes, AT&T)

Signed by artist Bert Reneuf
Thanks for stopping by John's Island.


  1. So many wonderful photos, John. Each time I thought I was done, another section opened up to me. Thanks for the fun. I love that red sky!

  2. I love seeing the Yellowstone items. One place I haven't been to yet!

  3. So much has changed, but I long for those simpler times.

    I can't believe he got so close to the geyser!

  4. This post is filled with so much beauty.I think my favourite has to be the February 10th morning shot of the mountains.The early flowers are lovely as well.I had never heard of lantern slides.That is very interesting.Have a great week.

  5. This post is a major piece of work. You have some awesome sky shots. I like the one with the mountain range in the background. Magic lanterns were before my time but I certainly know what they are.

  6. The skies are fabulous! Oh, and the postcard very sweet :)

  7. Hello, John! I love Yellowstone and your card collection. The dog does look like it wants to go for a walk with you, sweet pup! Gorgeous sky series, lovely post and photos. I always appreciate your visits and comments. Thanks so much for linking up your post. Have a happy day and week ahead.

  8. Wow so many wonderful things packed into this post.
    Great old post cards and such beautiful sky images.
    Won't be seeing any spring flowers here for quite a while yet but sure nice to see them.

  9. Missed this post but what a super one it is. Like the old Yellowstone photos and the cards at the end but the sunsets make it

  10. It's such a treat every time I visit your page, John! Thank you very much for sharing the Social Call by Bell Telephone postcard. Lovely indeed!

  11. I do love Yellowstone from my first camping trip there in 1953 with my parents. I bough a book on geysers, My two sons and I spent many happy summer days in the backcountry fly fishing in the late eighties and nineties. Fond memories indeed...:)

  12. I loved the yellowstone park and slides John!

    thank you for introducing something i was not aware of :)

    your sky watch are beyond magical and take my breath away each time ,you are so lucky to capture such enchanting views so perfectly!
    loved the post card ,so cute and pretty ,the social call


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