Saturday, October 27, 2012

Near Everett Washington Mill, Boom logging RPPC Postcard

Boom logging is the sorting of floating logs into rafts or booms for transporting to nearby mills.  
RPPC - One over Everett Washington Mills with a great photograph of floating booms. 

" On the back there is some very interesting notes about this operation. Read below.
Booming Ground Leased from the Gov - where it is calm and my blows(?) won't take them away.
8 Sections make a raft.
From Washington Canadian (10 or 15 rafts)
Oregon Cedar (c logs very large)"
Boom where put in a circle.......I think the person writing these notes was listening to  presentation about booming and decided to write down quick facts.  Just a guess on my part. 
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Friday, October 26, 2012

MT. Rainier Mirrored in Lake Spanaway Looks good upside down Vintage postcard

I love postcards that show reflected views of mountain in a lake below.
Mt. Rainier three miles in height, is an isolated extinct glacial volcano.   Only mountain in the US that shows all its form, sea level to the clouds.  364 varieties of flowers peak their heads out in the snow in June.  This postcard was mailed in 1937 but I imagine the view is much the same.  Below the mountain is Lake Spanaway.  You can turn the postcard upside down and it still is a pretty view.

Upside down View

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Vintage Postcard

Enjoy the Halloween gatherings and events.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Julia Parker Indian Basket Weaver Yosemite National Park

During the summer months, Mrs. Julia Parker can be seen at the Yosemite Visitor center weaving baskets such as the one she is hold in this picture.  She uses the same kinds of roots and grasses that the Yosemite Indians used hundreds of years ago.  She is standing on an old grinding rock which was used to pound acorns into meal.

Available on eBay bid now at this link   Julia is now a Senior Citizen but is still active in Mariposa County.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Postal History Cover Yosemite Falls Hotel 1878 California

In 1878 Yosemite was spelled as Yo semite, as shown in this cover.  Probably from the Indian spelling. The Hotel belonged to the Hutchings group of Hotels in Yosemite but this hotel was passed on to J.K Barnard in 1877.  He maintained the hotel for 17 years.  I think it was torn down between 1938 and 1940.

Connected with the hotel was J.C. Smiths celebrated Hot and Cold Bathing Establishment, Post Office, Telegraph Office and Wells Fargo's Express.  
This is the only hotel in this Valley with cottages separate from the main building and located immediately on the margin of the beautiful waters of the Merced River.  Our dining room also on the river looks out under shade trees and green lawns, with a grand view of the Yo Semite Falls 2,634 feet high. (written on back of cover)

The envelope (cover) is addressed to Edward Tompkins of Oakland California a prominent man who was active and generous person, a lawyer, politician, and greatly involved with the University of California.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Kitten postcards "Wearing a Hat" and "Smelling the Roses"

 The kittens are for real, Photographed as in RPPC but drawings of a hat, and a barrel were added.
These two kittens were photographed and them added to some roses.  They look like the photo was cut and the cat was placed in and on top of the basket.  Then made into a postcard.

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