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Yellowstone Postcard Publishers - Continued from
Page 1

 
 


As previously mentioned on page one, the Haynes family were the largest publisher of Yellowstone postcards, but they werenot the only game in town and many other companies made successful inroads on Yellowstone postcard sales. Detroit Photographic/Publishing Co. was probably the next largest vendor of Yellowstone Park postcards, spanning the time from 1900 into the 1920s, utilizing a variety of slightly different formats. Some of the other more popular publishers were: Acmegraph Co. of Chicago; Bloom Bros. Co.; Detroit Publishing Co.; E.C. Kropp; H.H. Tammen Co., International Postal Card Co. (IPPC), J.L. Robbins Co.; Edward H. Mitchell;  Sanborn Souvenir Co.; Scheuber Drug Co.; Souvenir Post Card Co; and W.S. & A.F Berry of Gardiner. Below are examples of postcards from a wide sampling of publishers. And of course, these publishers may have numerous different series and varieties not shown here. A publisher's logo is also posted when available, although they may have used more than one logo over the years or none at all.  Publisher's card counts date to 1995 so undoubtedly the known counts may be higher now. Counts may not include all the minor variations in obverse or reverse.
                                                
Thanks to the Metropolitan Post Card Club of New York City for some of the publisher info.
Please visit their great website!

 Thanks also to the Yellowstone Postcard Checklist, first published 1995 by Michael H. Francis and Kathleen M. Burke
                 
(Postcards are from the Robert V. Goss collection unless otherwise noted)

  Acmegraph Co.  
1908-1918    Chicago, IL

The company also published books in addition to post card, novelty cards, campaign cards, etc. Click Here to
view one of their 1908 ads in American Stationers, Vol64.
At least 80 known YNP cards published.


Dining Room, Old Faithful Inn
#6515, ca1912
 
 
 American News Co.  
1864-1957   New York - Leipzig


Founded by Sinclair Tousey in 1864 this firm became a major distributor of books, magazines, newspapers, comic books and postcards exclusively through their national network of more than 300 affiliated news agencies. Nearly all of their output was in view-cards and mostly covered the New York, mid-Atlantic region. In addition to distributing postcards, they also published cards for many smaller publishers. Most of their cards were printed in Germany, but they switched to American and French printers during WWI. There are at least 10 different Yellowstone cards, some using the IPCCo 88-series cards. At least 10 known YNP cards published.

The Northern Pacific Station at Gardiner, Mont.
and the official entrance to Yellowstone National Park. President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the arch on his western tour.
#5483 Undivided Back, Postmark 1907
   
 
 
J.I. Austen Co.  
ca1910s - Chicago, IL


There are two known Yellowstone poscards from this company.


Minerva Terrace, Hot Springs
Great Fountain Geyser

#99, ca1909
 
 
  Barkalow Bro's. Publishing  
1865-??    Omaha, NE

Publishers and general news agent founded by Sidney and Derrick Barkalow. They became the exclusive distributors of printed materials, including postcards, for the Union Pacific Railroad. The Barkalow Brothers also published non-railroad oriented view-cards that were often printed by Tom Jones. They eventually became suppliers of hotel gift shops and moved their business to Fort Myers, Florida. At least 33 known YNP cards published.

Steamboats, Yellowstone Lake
Reached via Union Pacific
#6898, ca1910

 
 

WS & AF Berry   
ca1904-07    Gardiner MT

Wm. Berry (W.S. Berry) and his wife Aurinda Ferris (A.F. Berry) operated the Gardiner Photographic Studio beginning around 1902 until 1918. Together they produced quite a few postcards of the Yellowstone area, including those of wildlife and flower subjects. The postcards were listed as published by “W.S. & A.F. Berry." At least 35 known YNP cards published.

No. 61  A Wylie Coach, ca1904
Made in Germany

 
 
 


Bottom logo was used
with the later Y.P. XX numbered Series.
 
 

Bloom Brothers Co.  
1907-22    Minneapolis, MN

Published view-cards depicting the upper mid-West to the Rockies. They also produced cards on cowboy poetry and other themes of the American West. They became part of the Vaughn Products Division of Vaughn Communications in 1943 but they continued to produce postcards under the Bloom Brothers name. At least 215 known Yellowstone postcards published.

Entrance Arch, YNP
#6865, ca1910
 
 
 
 

Burlington Route

The Burlington railroad gained access to Yellowstone travel in 1901 when the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR built a spur line to Cody, WY off their main line from Denver to Billings, MT.  In 1924 the company built the Burlington Inn in Cody to service their guests. Passenger service to Cody ended in 1956. At least 25 known YNP cards published.

 

Giant Geyser, ca1927

The "Giant," world's tallest geyser and one of the popular features 0f the "long smoke" region in Yellowstone national Park. No other place in the world can boast so great an array of hot water phenomena.

 
 
 

C.T. American Art
1893-1978  Chicago, IL

This was not a publisher but a trade name for the Curt Teich Co. who was in business from 1893 to 1978. Their U.S. factories turned out more cards in quantity than any other printer. They published a wide range of national view-cards of America and Canada. Many consider them one of the finest producers of White Border Cards. The Linen Type postcard came about through their innovations as they pioneered the use of offset lithography.

Bears Feeding on Hotel Garbage
#A6917, Postmark 1925
 
 
   
 
C.T. Co.
1893-1978  Chicago, IL

This was not a publisher but a trade name for the Curt Teich Co. See Above.
There are at least 50 YNP postcards published under this trademark name.


Petrified Trees
#A6914, Postmark 1917
 
 


 

Conoco Inc.

An American oil company founded in 1875 as the Continental Oil and Transportation Company that is now a brand of gasoline and service station in the United States belonging to the ConocoPhillips Company. Before the 2002 merger with Phillips, Conoco had its headquarters in what is now the current ConocoPhillips headquarters in the Energy Corridor of Houston, formerly known as the Conoco Center. It currently still operates the largest oil refinery in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the United States. [wikipedia]

Old Faithful Geyser
ca1940s?

 
 
 
Only the earlier cards caried this logo. The
color and date varied.

The Detroit Publishing Co.   1880’s-1936    Detroit, MI

The Detroit Photographic Co. began printing Yellowstone PC’s in 1899. By 1904 they changed their name to the Detroit Publishing Company and became the sole American company to license the Swiss photochrom process, which they registered in 1907 under the name Phostint. When the well known Western photographer William Henry Jackson joined the company as a partner, he added his thousands of negatives to the company’s inventory. The quality of their cards are considered some of the finest produced in America. Detroit went into receivership in 1924 but printed contract cards until 1932. Probably the 2nd largest publisher of Yellowstone postcards after Haynes.

9867 - Silver Gate and the Hoodoos
Undivided back, ca1902

 
 
   
 
S.P.  Eagle  
1927    West Yellowstone, MT

On Nov. 12, 1907, The Oregon Short Line of the Union Pacific Railroad was completed to the west entrance of Yellowstone. Soon after, 3 special use permits for operating businesses adjacent to the railroad right of way were granted. One of those was S.P. Eagle, then in partnership with Alex Stuart. They opened a general store in 1908 which they operated together for two years, after which the Stuarts went into business for themselves. The Eagles continued in business in the original location. The Post Office was housed in the store from 1910 - 1935. The present 3-story building was built in the years between 1927 and 1930. The store remains as a family business to this day.
At least 27 known Yellowstone postcards published.

Grand Canyon and Lower Falls from Artist Point # 103326-N
ca1927 - Photo from Internet auction
 
 
 

Olive Fell   
ca1940-50s    Cody, WY

Olive Fell grew up in Wyoming, and after studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York, she returned to her home state. She settled on the Four Bear Ranch near Cody and lived there for the rest of her life. In the 1930s, Fell developed her popular "Little Bear Cubs" design on cards and novelties, which sold to tourists in the national parks and resorts. During the 1940s and 50s, she continued to create postcards and posters for Yellowstone National Park. In 1935, the artist began painting Native American children with oils and later acrylics. She also sculpted wildlife in wood, rock, and stone. At least 5 known Yellowstone postcards.

World Traveler
ca1948
Photo source internet auction

 

 
 
   
 

Gray News Co.  
1906-1922    Salt Lake City, UT

A publisher and distributor of regional view-cards. Many images were produced of sparsely populated rugged areas.

Lone Star Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin
O.S.L. Ry

(Oregon Short Line Ry)
ca1908
Publish by Tom Jones, Cincinnati O.

 
 
 

John C. Haberstroh    
ca1916-1940   Livingston, MT

In 1906 Haberstroh began job working for the Sax and McCue (later Sax and Fryer) stationary and variety store in Livingston, MT. He worked there until 1925, when he bought a controlling interest in the store from Mr. Sax. John first began making photographs in 1915, using a folding Kodak model 3A (post card camera), a camera he used exclusively for over thirty years. His growing talent and knowledge of photography led to his becoming manager of the photography department for Sax and Fryers in the early twenties and through store displays John began to successfully market his photographs. He retired in 1945 but continued to photograph. At least 4 known YNP cards.

Old Faithful Geyser

Copyright 1936
Real Photo Postcard
Photo Source internet auction

 
 

Franz Huld  
1904-1908    New York, NY

Published a variety of card types but mostly view-cards of the Northeast and of Florida. Most of his cards were printed using an open halftone and sometimes hand coloring was added to limited sections of the image. They also produced many novelties, a set on the San Francisco earthquake, and installment card sets for which they are well noted. Huld filed for bankruptcy in 1914 but he probably stopped publishing cards in 1909.  At least 6 known YNP cards.

271 Yellowstone Park, Gibbon Falls
Private Mailing Card, ca1906
Photo Source Internet Auction


 
 
 
 



 
Illustrated Post Card Company  1905-1914    New York, NY

The IPCCo published a wide variety of color halftone lithographic cards in series that were printed in Leipzig, Saxony. These cards tended to use brighter than average colors and were titled in a very distinct font. In 1909 they stopped importing cards from Germany and began printing their own. A large number of black & white cards were produced in a more open halftone with some being poorly hand colored. These black & white cards were numbered consecutively. At least 66 known YNP cards published.

East Entrance Golden Gate, #88-1
Embossed Version, ca1909



Notice the embossing showing through on the back of this card.

 
 
 
 
Johnston's Art Stores
  ca1900s    Niagara Falls, NY


At least two known YNP cards published.

Mammoth Hot Springs
Undivided Back, Postmark 1907
 
 


Johnston & Bordewyk
ca1952    Rapid City, SD

At least 22 Yellowstone images published, Generally numbered in a 100-series.


100 Giant Geyser
Hurling its geyser of boiling water and steam 250 feet into the air for 1-1/2 hours every six to fourteen days, this magnificent geyser is the highest in the world.
Linen-Style PC
Photo source internet auction.

 
 
     

E. C. Kropp & Company   
1907-1956    Milwaukee, WI

 A publisher and printer since 1898, it became the E.C. Kropp Company in 1907 and was sold to L.L. Cook in 1956. They are now part of the GAF Corp. U.S. They produced a great many lithographic postcards of views and other subjects from some early pioneers to fine grain linens. Over 100 known YNP cards pulished.

On the Red Lodge High Road to Yellowstone Park in June,
#11459N, ca1941
 
 
 

Manz Colorypes   
ca1908   Chicago, IL

These postcards were produced by the Manz Engraving Co. The company was incorporated in 1866 as the J. Manz Engraving Company by Jacob Manz. By 1922 it was known as the Manz Engraving Co. and employed 500–600 people. In 1925, the company changed its name to the Manz Corporation. It continued printing and engraving operations until bankruptcy in1962. At least 7 known YNP cards published.



Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Postmark 1909

 
 
 
   
 The Edward H. Mitchell Co.   1898-1923    San Francisco, CA

A major printer and publisher of view-cards depicting scenes throughout the American West. They developed a number of their own unique techniques to print their like the Mitchell Photo-Chrome Process, but also contracted out to other printers. Likewise they printed postcards for a number of other publishers. Their cards were printed in both the US and in Germany. Over the years Mitchell bought out numerous small western competitors. Mitchell closed the postcard company in 1923 to concentrate on his oil interests. At least 42 known YNP cards published.

1361 Devil's Ink Stand, ca1907
 
   
 
 

 

Northern Pacific RR

The NPRR was formed in 1864 when the company was awarded the rights to build a rail line from Lake Superior to Puget Sound. As incentive, Congress granted them about 10 million acres of land along the proposed route. Construction began in 1870 but progress was halted for six years when the Panic of 1873 caused most all rail construction in the US to come to a standstill. The line finally reached Livingston Montana in the fall of 1882 and was completed across Montana to the West Coast in early fall of 1883. That year the Park Branch Line was built from Livingston to Cinnabar and became the first rail access to the park on September 1. The company was the owner or part owner of the hotels in the park until 1907 when H.W. Child acquired all the remaining shares.

Chimney Rock, Cody Road
ca1930s
"Scenic Cody Road is one of the throusand thrill travelers experience on the 'In Gardiner- Out Cody' tour of Yellowstone National Park."
(Buses of the Yellowstone Park Transportation Co.)

 
 
  J.A. Ossen Company  
1960-70s?    Denver CO


The Old Stagecoach and Mammoth Hotel
#P533, ca1960s
Color by Ralph Ord, Denver
 
 
 

M. Rieder, Publ. 
1901-1915    Los Angeles, CA

Printed and published view-cards of the West and of Native Americans. His cards were printed in Germany except those contracted out to Edward H. Mitchell in the United States. According to an ad in the Pacific Monthly, he specialized in views of California, Oregon, and Washington. M. Rieder, Pub. View Books and Post Cards, 117 North Broadway, Los Angeles. At least 7 known YNP cards published.

Fish Cone in Yellowstone Lake

#24258 Made in Germany
Hand-Colored
Photo source Internet auction

 
 
 

J.L. Robbins Co.  
1920-1936    Spokane, WA

A publisher of regional view-cards, American Indians, and cowboy song cards. Most of these tinted halftone cards were contracted out to Curt Teich. They apparently became the Robbins-Tillquist Co. at some point. At least 107 known YNP cards published.

1323 Northern Pacific Railway and Entrance Arch, Gardiner, Montana

   
 
 

H. A. Rost Printing & Publishing Co.   1894-1906   New York, NY

Incorporated in 1894 the business was run by Ernst and Hermann Rost. They began producing cards at least as early as 1898 with views of New York City and expanded their focus to other states, famous men, and warships as well. Rost had anticipated the Private Mail Act of 1898 and had begun to print tricolor cards with mail card backs before they were authorized. Many of these cards had to be trimmed down later as he did not expect the change in size required by Postal Authorities. They seem to have stopped producing postcards in 1905 though they remained in business as general printers. At least 2 known YNP cards published.

Mammoth Hot Springs
#665 Private Mailing Card
Photo source Internet auction

 
 
      

Sanborn Souvenir Co.  
1920-1976    Denver, CO

A publisher of books and postcards of the American West, but mostly of Colorado and Wyoming. Harold Sanborn first produced real photo postcards carried just the Sanborn name written in Scipt on the obverse. He and his son Bill later went on to produce tinted halftone postcards and eventually photochromes. At least 163 known YNP cards published. Derick Wangaard purchased the company in the 1990s and gained access to over 40,000 of their photographs. At least 177 known YNP cards published.

1067 Lake Yellowstone by Moonlight
Asahel Curtis Photo for NPRy, ca1934

Click below to view one of their earlier Real-Photo cards of the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner MT.
Obverse
Reverse

   
 
   Smith and Chandler  
1920-40s   West Yellowstone, MT

Since 1925, Smith and Chandler has been an integral part of the town of West Yellowstone’s western and railroad heritage. Located directly across the street from the former Union Pacific Railroad Depot, now the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum, Smith & Chandler was one of the first stops for many visitors to Yellowstone Park in the early years. They continue to offer Yellowstone curios, tourist supplies, western apparel, books, jewelry and other gift ideas. At least 2 known YNP cards published.



Y.P.T Busses Leaving U.P. Station
West Yellowstone, Montana
 
 
     

Souvenir Post Card Company   1905-1914   New York, NY

A major publisher of a variety of postcard types, they used 3 different printers over the course of their business, which changed the look of their cards. Some early cards were printed with the name E. Frey on them who may have been the owner. The company was purchased by Valentine and Sons and they produced cards in America under the name Valentine-Souvenir Company. At least 25 known YNP cards published.

10158 Mound Terrace From Above, ca1907

   
 
   

Scheuber Drug Co.  
ca1905-09    Livingston, MT

Scheuber Drug was established as a retail drug store in Livingston, MT ca1893 by Frank A. Scheuber. He died in 1937. Details of his postcard business are sketchy at this time, but he published Yellowstone postcards ca1905-09. At least 84 known YNP cards published.

204 Minerva Terrace
 
 
 
 
    

H.H. Tammen Curio Co.  
1896-1953    Denver, CO

Harry Heye Tammen (1856-1924) moved to Denver in 1880. With partner Charles Stuart they est. the firm of H.H. Tammen & Co. in 1881. It became the H.H. Tammen Curio Co. in 1896 with partners Carl Litzenberger and Joseph Cox. Deeply interested in mineralogy, he sold mineral specimens & collections.  He also dealt in stereoscopic and other photos of the West (supplied by photographer W.H. Jackson), photo albums, books on the West, silver souvenir spoons, a variety of humorous and scenic postcards (especially of mining areas), fossil fish, polished agates, botanical specimens, Indian pottery & carvings, relics and taxidermy items from his stores in Denver. The H.H.T. Curio Co. was in business until 1953, and possibly as late as 1962. Their logo does not appear on all their cards but other graphic elements often remain the same. At least 213 known YNP cards published.

3016 "Pahaska Teepe," Col. W.F. Cody's Famous Hotel in the Rockies


 
   
 
 

Tanner Souvenir Co.    
ca1905-1919    New York, NY

Founded by Walter S. Tanner, President, the business operated at least from 1909-1919. At least 3 YNP postcards published.

Steamer E.C. Waters, Yellowstone Lake

ca1908
Photo source Internet auction


 
 
 
   

Tex Holms,
Pioneer Yellowstone Guide
  
ca1907-15    Cody, WY


Aron "Tex Holm" began leading camping parties into Yellowstone in the early 1900s. In 1910 he built Holm Lodge, near the East Entrance of the park. In the years following he concentrated his efforts on transportation in and around the park. His company went bankrupt after the 1915 season.
See my
Tex Holm page in my Camping Companies Section.



Tex Holm Ready for a Dude Party,
Cody, Wyo.

No.D8800, Printed in Germany
Postmark 1909

 
 
   
 
 

Raphael Tuck & Sons  
ca1860s-1917    London

Raphael Tuck and his wife started this business in London in 1866 selling pictures and greeting cards. They eventually sold postcards, which became the most successful. Their business was one of the most well known in the 'postcard boom' of the late 1800s and early 1900s. During The WWI Blitz, the company headquarters, Raphael House, was destroyed including the originals for most of their series. The company never fully recovered. At least 22 known YNP cards were published.

Pulpit Terrace at Mammoth Hot Springs

Undivided Back, ca1907, PM 1908
Printed inn Germany
Photo source Internet auction


 
 
 
 

Union Pacific Railroad

The UPRR completed their transcontinental rail line in 1869 through northern Utah and the following year the Utah & Northern RR was created to build a line from Utah to Butte MT and the gold fields of Montana. The line was completed in 1881 and various stage companies began transporting tourists from the rail line around the Montana-Idaho border on a 1-1/2 day stage ride to the west entrance of Yellowstone. A spur line was completed in 1907 to that entrance where a town grew up that would become West Yellowstone. With this accomplishment the UPRR could effectively compete with the Northern Pacific RR who accessed the north entrance of Yellowstone. Passenger service to Yellowstone ended in 1960.

Union Pacific System - Yellowstone Park

Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco
1915 - Printed by Pacific Novelty Co.
"Map of Yellowstone Park, Largest in the World, 50,000 square feet."

Click here to see my page on Old Faithful Inn and the Panama Pacific Exposition

 
 

 
   
 
Valentine & Sons Publishing Co.  
1825-1963  Dundee, Scotland & London

A major publisher of views, the Valentine Company, a lithographic printing firm, was founded in 1825 in Dundee, Scotland by John Valentine. In 1880 Valentine began producing Christmas cards and by 1896 they began printing postcards. Up until 1882 they had only published views of Scotland, but they began expanding into other tourist markets especially after their postcard business took off. Other offices opened in Jamaica, Madeira, Norway, Tangier, Canada, and New York. They purchased the Souvenir Post Card Company and produced cards in America under the Valentine Souvenir Co. At least 7 known YNP cards published.

Silver Gate
ca1907, Printed in Great Britain
#200,287

 

 
 
 
 
Wylie Permanent Camping Co.
  
ca1906-16    Bozeman, MT

The Wylie Camping Company, with its humble beginnings in 1883, arose to become the premier camping experience in Yellowstone until 1917. Originated by William Wallace Wylie, the operation became the standard to emulate by other camps companies in Yellowstone. Sold by W.W. Wylie to AW Miles and HW Child in 1905 the company continued to expand and improve the Wylie Way operations through 1916. After that time a mandated consolidation of the camping companies by the Interior Dept forced the merger of the Wylie and Shaw & Powell companies into a new organization that became known as the Yellowstone Park Camping Co. There were over a dozen PCs produced by the company.

Wylie's Swan Lake Camp
Series 3

Visit my web page on the Wylie Camping Co.


 
 
 
 


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For information on a fascinating precurser (of sorts) to postcards, check out my page on Yellowstone Trade Cards.

Yellowstone Trade Cards, also known as Advertising cards, are a fascinating novelty for the Yellowstone collector and enthusiast.  They pre-date the postcard era and present a beautiful collection of artwork. In its original sense, the "trade" in trade card referred to its use by the proprietor of a business to announce his trade, or line of business. Later on, as emphasis shifted to the exchange or trade of cards by enthusiasts and collectors, the phrase “trade cards” evolved into "trading cards."  By the 1880s, trade cards had become a major method of advertising business products and services. Some of the products most heavily advertised by trade cards were medicine, food, coffee, tea, tobacco, clothing, household goods, sewing notions, stoves, and farm equipment.  Slightly smaller than postcards (3"x5"), the cards were originally handed out by grocers and storekeepers, but by the mid-1880's, many companies began  to include advertising cards, or "trade cards" inside the packaging of their product in order to tout the virtue of their merchandise.


 
 
 
 
 
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