Saturday, September 10, 2011

Images from the Past, Part 10 - My Grandmother's 1915 Yellowstone Journal

Getting ready for the Fourth of July celebration
Sunday, July 4, 1915

A very quiet Fourth.  Slept most of afternoon.  A small crowd tonight.  114.  Went down to hotel after program for a walk.

I imagine this might have been a scene on the trail to the hotel...
Monday, July 5, 1915

Hurried thru with our work, went down to hotel to see boat races, etc.  Our boys entered with hotel boys and fish hatchery boys.  Went down in p.m. to see the races, etc.  104 dudes tonight.  Had a special program and it certainly was good, then dancing.

The Fourth of July bon fire
Tuesday, July 6, 1915

Had a large crowd tonight, 201 dudes.  Had our log cabin bon-fire as it was too rainy to have it last night.  Frank Turtillott took Ruth L. and me down to hotel store and we had a soda.

Perhaps a photo opp on the way to the hotel store for a soda?  Marguerite is on the left.
Wednesday, July 7, 1915

Rain nearly all day.  Slept most of p.m.  Helen and a driver went fishing.  Only 110 dudes to-night.  About 9:30 to-night we six girls (Vera, Mary, Elma, Ethel L., Helen, and I) and Torg, Jam, Win, Frank, and Starkey (driver) Mary's man (a wood sawer) came to our tent No. 8.  Had two flash lights and ate fudge and bread and jam.  Had lots of fun even if we did break curfew.

My Notes:

The above are journal entries of some simple and fun days at Yellowstone.  The original photographs are actually quite small and I have blown them up.  I wonder what kind of camera took these?  I googled 1915 cameras and the Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic Camera sold for between $6 - $10.  It was a small camera that could be carried in a vest pocket.   Another site that showcases cameras between 1909-1926 is HERE.

The "In-Progress" 1915 Yellowstone Journal is on my side bar with most recent post at the top... the beginning is at the bottom)

This post if entered in Sepia Saturday 91.  If you are an old photograph junky, this is the place for you!

13 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

don't you know they did all sorts of naughty things, late at night in the woods! :) breaking curfew and eating fudge, i mean...

Mama Zen said...

What a treasure!

Little Nell said...

I like the idea of clandestine fudge and jam....and bonfires too!

George said...

Very interesting, Margaret. It seems that your grandmother liked the dudes, since she kept a very accurate count of the number who attended each event.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

What a treasure you have there of your granmother's photos. Amazing shots from the past of a still popular place to visit. Coincidence, I show a Yellowstone photo too this week, not so old though.

Brett Payne said...

More interesting Yellowstone photos thank you. What size are the original prints? That may help to decide what kind of camera they came from.

Alan Burnett said...

Perfect combination of sepia words and sepia images, dripping with rich social history. A fabulous contribution to Sepia Saturday.

Margaret said...

Thanks, everyone.

Brett - I have almost 100 photos ranging in sizes. Some are not quite 2.5" square and others are perhaps jus shy of 3x5. Some have a white edge, others don't. Even the paper varies. Tells me a few people had cameras but I really don't think my grandmother had one. Either way, she was lucky to get so many prints.

George- ha! Dudes were the tourists (men and women) that visited Yellowstone the summer my grandmother worked there. She made the beds and tidied the tents. Today the west has "Dude" ranches.

Friko said...

small crowds? 110 dudes? Or do I simply not understand what a dude is?

Christine H. said...

I'm so glad they took so many photos. What a great chronicle of life in Yellowstone, dudes and all.

Liz Stratton said...

Dude ranches, Yellowstone, I am getting very homesick. Time to plan my next vacation!

Bob Scotney said...

What a setting to work in and what a treasure this journal details are.

Karen S. said...

Very interesting! I think spending some time at a dude ranch would be fun!