PROPERTY FROM THE SPORTING AND TRAVEL LIBRARY OF ARNOLD "JAKE" JOHNSON
On the 12th of September, the diary begins: "Left Shelburne, Vt., by special train, consisting of private car Ellsmere, one stateroom car, one combination baggage and sleeping car and horse car." J. H. Purdy, the "historian" of the excursion, goes on to name the various members of the hunting party, and also acknowledges that "a goodly staff of assistants attended to our personal comforts and mixed cocktails." Once the group had arrived at Cinnibar, Purdy notes the other "personnel of the expedition," paying particular attention to F.J. Haynes, the official photographer of Yellowstone Park, there to "immortalize the party," and show them how to catch fish. The accompanying photography strikingly capture scenes of camp life, the dramatic landscapes that surround the men, and the spoils of their hunts. As well as becoming the official photographer of Yellowstone, and operating early transportation concessions in the park, Haynes—or "the Professor", as most knew him—also became the official photographer of the Northern Pacific Railway. His iconic images were widely published in articles, journals, and books of the day, and were also turned into stereographs and postcards.
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