Friday, April 30, 2010

WPA Yellowstone postcard: Postcard Friendship Friday


Today is Postcard Friendship Friday, hosted by Beth at the Best Hearts are Crunchy.
Today's postcard in the series of paint-by-number - err I mean WPA posters is Yellowstone National Park. Giving credit where credit is due:
The back of this card says:"Works Progress Administration (WPA) circa 1939, Artist Unknown. Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived. The National Park image shown here is also available in the original poster format from many National Park bookstores."
Published by Ranger Doug Enterprises. (1-888-972-7678) Seattle, WA.

Now this one has great graphics! This, of course, is Old Faithful one of the most famous geysers in the park, and perhaps the world.
There is a webcam for Old Faithful: http://mms.nps.gov/yell/webcams/old_faithful_cam.htm
Yellowstone Park is open every day of the year but it looks pretty snowy right now.
Average times between eruptions is about 94 minutes presently but this varies a bit. It depends on the length of the previous eruption, for one thing. Small earthquakes in the park seem to affect the 'plumbing' under the ground and change Old Faithful's behavior also.
The National Parks Service at Yellowstone has a great website at http://www.nps.gov/yell/.

viridian

13 comments:

Clytie said...

I visited Yellowstone when I was only 4 years old ... and I have only a few memories - one was Old Faithful, and one is watching the boiling mud bubbles pop up.

I love these old WPA cards - very unique and beautiful paint-by-number :=} art!

Happy PFF!

MuseSwings said...

Love this card! I've not yet been to Yellowstone and feel very unpatriotic about that. Happy PFF!

Beth Niquette said...

I remember visiting there, too...I was almost nine. I remember Old Faithful and especially those buggling mud pots. (grin)

I really like this postcard! Thank you for the memories--and for sharing this special old card.

Happy PFF!

Joy said...

Yes it and Yellowstone are certainly world famous, must be a wonderful sight. The card is very dramatic.

Snap said...

I love these WPA postcards/posters. Dramatic is right! Happy PFF!

Bob of Holland said...

These posters are wonderful and It's a pity there are so few left of them. I never visited Yellowstone Park , but as a kid I loved to read the comic books of Yogi Bear.

Postcardy said...

I have never visited Yellowstone, but want to go sometime.

CafebyJW said...

Nice color, and I wish to visit yellowstone sometimes..in the future.

You Got A Posty ~ PFF
Theme Day ~ Statue

Sheila said...

That must be some sight in real life! I'm not sure I'd want to wait 94 minutes for the privilege though.

Lyneen said...

Yellowstone is one of my favorite camping vacations. lots of memories... thanks for sharing... happy pff.

Debs said...

am really enjoying this series of posters on postcards...keep 'em coming! would love to see a geyser one day...

Linda said...

Great vistas in these wonderful cards, and I'm glad you are posting more of them. The WPA era is fascinating, a landmark in public works and art. Happy PFF!

Stacey said...

What a great postcard! And the history really adds to the image...

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