Category Archives: Postcards From Another Millennium

Postcards from various decades of the 20th century.

Old Faithful Inn and Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This image shows the driver’s entrance and main door to the Old Faithful Inn. In the background is a artist’s rendition of the eruption of Old Faithful geyser, world famous for its clock-like precision of timed eruptions.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The caption states:

OLD FAITHFUL INN AND GEYSER

Old Faithful Inn and Geyser are in the upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone where the largest and finest geysers in the world are gathered within a space of a mile. About Old Faithful is another of the Park community centers and supply points with stores, camps, museum, bath house, etc.

— The exterior look of the Inn has changed little over the years. The geyser is predictable to a range of about 15 minutes, averaging an eruption every 74 minutes.

This image dates from the 1940s.

Tower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This image shows the spectacular view of Tower Falls, an easily accessible feature located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.

The caption states simply:

Tower Falls near Tower Junction in Yellowstone Park.

The falls are 132 feet in height. Most notable is the boulder shown at the edge of the precipice. It is no longer there, having succumbed to erosion and gravity in 1986.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.

Bear Encounter in Yellowstone National Park

This postcard shows the once-common sight of a bear approaching a passing visitor to Yellowstone Park, and the visitor stopping the car to experience a close encounter with the wild animal. Decades ago, this was not understood to be very dangerous, and over time increasing numbers of visitors were attacked or mauled by bears in such situations.

Kodachrome Reproduction by Mike Roberts Studios Berkeley 2, Calif.

The caption states:

BEARS ON HIGHWAY

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Long renowned as a refuge for wildlife, Yellowstone contains a wide variety of animals. Most popular and best known are the yellow and brown bears which are frequently seen along the highways through the park.

— In recent decades bears have been relocated to more remote areas when possible to reduce the likelihood of violent encounters with visitors and campers. People are given instructions and training on how to avoid attracting bears to their camps and especially to their food.

The automobile in this picture places the card in the late 1940s.