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.
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.
This postcard shows the suggestively named Mae West Curve, part of the mountain-crossing Highway 12 in Wyoming, as it was then known. The highway as since been renamed US 212, and passes through the mountains west and north of Yellowstone National Park before entering the park from the Montana side.
The caption states:
#4050 – Mae West Curve on the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 12) to Yellowstone Park via Red Lodge and Cook City.
This image shows the small settlement of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming as it looked just after the start of the 20th century.
There is no description on the back of this card.
–The town is located on the border between Wyoming and Nebraska. Its growth was predicated on the presence of the railroad and the trailhead for cattle drives which ended here to allow transport of cattle to eastern markets. Even with this, the population today is just over 1100.
This image is noted on the card to date from the 1900s, though it was purchased and used on 14 July 1955.