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mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:40am PT
Edit &#40;4-24-13&#41;:  It's not California.  It is Burroughs with th...
Edit (4-24-13): It's not California. It is Burroughs with the beard, and it is Henry Ford in the black hat.
Credit: mouse from merced
This is John Burroughs, the most famous nature writer of his day.
http://www.pbs.org/harriman/1899/1899_part/participantburroughs.html

It's taken here locally, I'm told. Don't know where, but there's a prominent foothill sticking into the background...

I'm not sure who else is involved or in the picture or who took the picture, because wasn't paying much attention. This was lifted off a computer screen.

I was too involved in dickering for this photo, a 20 x 16 of the Upper Yo Fall in winter shot from a helicopter rented by a professional man named Clark, working for the University of California during the selection process for the newest UC campus location in the 90s.
The whole photo wouldn't fit the scanner, of course.
The whole photo wouldn't fit the scanner, of course.
Credit: mouse from merced

It's not that back in the day at all, but it's way-cool!

Check the others out over at The Flames' camp.

Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Much thanks to Mouse et al. Who've been contributing such jewels to keep this thread going!
BBA: I love those trestle tables.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
I came across this batch in a one dollar bin in an antiques and collectibles mall. They are courtesy of Stranded Oil of Oklahoma & Nebraska.

This spiral bound picture set was a promotion for Standard Oil Station, and Chevron Gas Stations in 1947. The idea was to collect pictures at gas stations as you were traveling, and filling up at the gas stations. Each is a scenic view from various parts of the country. So these images are from 1946-47, older than I.

Part ofThe See Your West Scenic View Series in all its rotogravure glory--somebody else got to these first or we'd have had some Yosemite shot, likely.

East Rosebud Creek.   Standard Oil Portfolio.
East Rosebud Creek. Standard Oil Portfolio.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mt. Baker.
Mt. Baker.
Credit: mouse from merced
Skoki Ski Lodge.
Skoki Ski Lodge.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mt. Moran.
Mt. Moran.
Credit: mouse from merced
Lake Wallowa.
Lake Wallowa.
Credit: mouse from merced
Lake Chelan.
Lake Chelan.
Credit: mouse from merced
The back of one of the Standard Oil Co. sheets, which are pics glued o...
The back of one of the Standard Oil Co. sheets, which are pics glued on one side of their back to the description offered along with a map of Standard's holdings out west.
Credit: mouse from merced
Never heard of Calso, myself.
Never heard of Calso, myself.
Credit: mouse from merced
See ya, SOON.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Some really nice retouching to be seen in that last batch!
The faux signage hanging off of El Capitan upthread a ways is awfully cute as well.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 16, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Far, far away in time,
To Half Dome we climb.

An adventurous group around the time of the first world war's ending, from a book/album labeled 1918.

Party on Half Dome cables about 1918.  Photo provided by Skip Johnson.
Party on Half Dome cables about 1918. Photo provided by Skip Johnson.
Credit: mouse from merced
Second from left is Carmella Collins Johnson, who was Norton Johnson's first wife. Norton took this photo. He is Skip Johnson's adoptive father, who adopted young Skip at a late age. This is why Skip's house is a trove of old stuff.

Here's Yosemite Falls, same album.
Lowered Yosemite Falls.  It's always been channeled.  Of course it's b...
Lowered Yosemite Falls. It's always been channeled. Of course it's been chopped. And it's full race, too. It's a 1918. Got it from a Ranger.
Credit: mouse from merced
Skip's a notorious motorcycle enthusiast and he likes old cars, too. Bikes are his collectibles, though.

He thinks the Indian in the Yosemite Museum's the one from El Portal's RR exhibit. He's probably right.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 24, 2013 - 06:28am PT
Baskets by Yosemite Indians.
Baskets by Yosemite Indians.
Credit: Yosemite Campers
Yosemite Indian Field Days - June Lake, in Mono County. Since the best Yosemite Indian baskets came from the Mono Lake Paiutes. Yosemite NPS held the Yosemite Field Days at June Lake by Mono Lake and every winner for Yosemite Indian baskets was always a Yosemite-Mono Lake Paiute. The majority of the basketmakers of Yosemite resided in both Yosemite and Mono Lake. They would go back and forth, like they had done for eons. Their parents lived mainly in Paiute areas or they did. They were mostly born around Mono Lake and other Paiute areas. Not in Mariposa County...and not Miwok.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 24, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Great photos Mouse!!! I can't help but think.....those people on the cables are no longer here, the cables will soon (geologic time) be gone but Half Dome has " relative" permanence.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 29, 2013 - 07:32am PT
Ca. 1941.
Ca. 1941.
Credit: mouse from merced

Eureka! I managed to find the one I really wanted to find, and there are three more waiting just like this one.

Credit: mouse from merced
The Standard Oil See Your West Scenic Views Set, twenty-five different photos.

"Usmati, meaning grizzly bear."
There is not room to show it, but at the bottom, below C B Glasscock's...
There is not room to show it, but at the bottom, below C B Glasscock's signature is this attribution to him, dated December 1941. CBG penned this timeless prose for Standard Oil.

Believe It or Not!
Credit: mouse from merced
This thing's older than Donini by less than two years.

And we are back to Valley View.

Previous generation.
Previous generation.
Credit: Troybuster
Quite a spin.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 2, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
From Along Sierra Trails by Joyce and Josef Muench, 1947.
Josef Muench photos.
Josef Muench photos.
Credit: mouse from merced

Thanks, Sierra (Nevada optional) Ledge Rat!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 5, 2013 - 01:29am PT
Again, imagery calls
Again, imagery falls
Into my lap.

"Oh, Ansel," imagery calls,
"the Westons are here!"
From California and the West by Charis Wilson Weston and Edward Weston...
From California and the West by Charis Wilson Weston and Edward Weston. C. 1940. Images from 1937, '38.
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 5, 2013 - 02:12am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Of course this is Arrowhead Arete, AS WE NOW KNOW IT.

This struck me as I read "YOSEMITE" on the caption, but that was it, there was nothing to indicate the name of this particular feature, just that one word.

I then realized that this photo must have been taken by someone unfamiliar with the local name of what is called Castle Cliffs, commonly. I believe it is an older name than Arrowhead, but would have to check.

Ansel may not have known or he may have said something. One can only speculate.

Leading to this other by the Westons. I think it is of the Minarets.
Credit: mouse from merced

edit: Next morning, as I am reading Charis Weston's description of the travel and events covered in California and the West, it comes out that Weston was the recipient of a $2,000 Guggenheim Fellowship, the first photographer to ever be awarded one. It is no wonder when people had been saying things about Weston and his work such as, "Photography is beginning to be photography, for until now it has only been art."

During this period the Westons made seventeen separate trips, travelled over 16,000 miles, and Weston made 1,260 negatives. A second year was funded by the Guggenheim based on this record of accomplishment.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Weston

When you look at the work of Muench and Weston, the one is a tourism promoter and his wife's prose is loaded, bloated in fact, with adjectives and adverbs and most shots are "stock" views.

In the case of Charis' writing, she tells the story in an engaging manner, and the photos are much more artistic and creative. Their reproduction is far superior, obviously.

We need both kinds of people, tourists and artists, just as there's a place for each type of photograph. It's a huge world, just seems to be shrinking.

Again thanks to Skip Johnson of Merced, for the loan of this book.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 6, 2013 - 03:18am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Isaac Minor owned a quarry. This granite boulder was native to Humboldt Co. and was split and sectioned by imported Italian quarrymen for use in Minor's mausoleum. Due to his dying out of the area, he is believed to be the only member of his family not buried in the tomb.

Believe It or I'm Telling Mummy!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Much thanks Mouse, for fattening the album and pasting the historic prose!
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
May 6, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Yours truly, Badger Pass
Badger Pass circa 1958
Badger Pass circa 1958
Credit: throwpie
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 10, 2013 - 11:38am PT
The informed know Throw is a throw back to the way back. He's also one of the balancinest guys in the land and can he land them, whether on a skateboard, a skim board, a surf board, a sail board, and on snow boards, I'm not sure, but those boards he's on at Bagger are about to be schooled.

1958? You were like seven or eight. Tubular.

Jim Shirley posted these to me hier soir. He writes about his father, Howard Shirley, who recently ceased being here:

"Howard worked one summer as a packer's helper. I think this was between 1936 and 1938 (he would have been 17-19 years old). It looks like these pics came from a trip with our grandpa Frank Shirley. I'm not sure where the trip went but my guess would be to Rae Lakes and the Kearsarge Pinnacles. It should be possible to tell from the photos, if we could go to these places and compare them.

The wrangler is Howard (almost certainly) and the good buds are Howard and Frank (unless I am sadly mistaken). The hunter looks like Frank holding our old Marlin 22 rifle (which I still have).

I tell my kids that they have a long history of mountain-lovers in their ancestry. John Mattson has lantern slides showing Frank's dad, Henry Shirley, on a trip in the 20's. So Henry, Frank, Howard, me, and Kat and Mary cover 5 generations."

Credit: mouse from merced
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Credit: mouse from merced
Thank you, Jim and family.




tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
May 10, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Wow about the sad fate of a Medicine Woman...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 15, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Angels Wings, aptly named.
Angels Wings, aptly named.
Credit: mouse from merced
An angel from the twenties hoping to earn her wings.
An angel from the twenties hoping to earn her wings.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Roy Rogers, Regum cowboys, and Triggerfolium palominensis at the Tourn...
Roy Rogers, Regum cowboys, and Triggerfolium palominensis at the Tournament of Roses.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Sierra [Nevada] Wave.
The Sierra [Nevada] Wave.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 15, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
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Credit: mouse from merced
Thank you, old National Geographic collectors.
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jun 15, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#306977
What meadow!
T H

climber
Jun 15, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
One of my photos from the 80s. Short scramble off 4 mile trail I think.
Credit: T H
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