Grey Bear. Frank Jay Haynes.
Grey Bear

Grey Bear

Saint Paul, MN: Haynes Picture Shops, (c.1885). Silver gelatin photograph [42 cm x 30 cm] under a gray mat and in an attractive modern wooden frame [64 cm x 51 cm] 'Haynes Yellowstone Park' blind stamped at the lower right corner. Haynes number manuscript on the reverse (27651). Brass plaque beneath image "Grey Bear - by F.J. Haynes." Image has strong contrasts. Fine. Item #1364

Striking image of Grey Bear who was a Crow scout with General Terry.

This photograph was produced by Jack Haynes c.1927, purportedly to be sold in the Yellowstone Park stores, which the Haynes family operated. Jack Haynes produced this photograph from the negative of his father, originally generated by F. Jay Haynes c.1885.

In the mid 1980s the Montana Historical Society (M.H.S.) in Helena was facing a budget shortfall. In order to raise funds, the M.H.S. was given permission to sell photographs and other paper items from their Haynes inventory to the public, as long as they maintained two of a particular item in their inventory.

The result was a significant collection of Haynes photographs put up for sale. Most of the photographs showed images of Yellowstone National Park, in several formats and sizes. But also included in this sale were large sized images of Native Americans, most measuring approximately 12" by 17", or slightly larger.

According to Richard Boyd, the manager of the library book store and also the manager of this sale, there were 75 large-sized images on Native American Haynes photographs that were put up for sale and sold.

Frank J. Haynes (1853-1921) was employed by the Northern Pacific RR in 1875 to take pictures along their route from Minnesota to the West Coast for advertising and promotional purposes. From 1884 through 1915 Haynes operated a lucrative service industry in Yellowstone National Park making and selling souvenir photographs, taking pictures of tour parties, and publishing graphic souvenirs . F. Jay Haynes was known as the "Official Park Photographer."

Jack Ellis Haynes (1884-1962) began working in the family photographic business at a relatively young age and toward the end of 1916 he formally bought out his father's interest in the Yellowstone photography business and was awarded sole right to produce pictorial souvenirs. An accomplished photographer in his own right, Jack operated the park concessions and Saint Paul studios under the name 'J.E. Haynes' and then 'Haynes Inc.' (1937-1945). In 1945 Jack and Isabel moved the base of operations to Bozeman, and established Haynes Studios Inc.

Price: $2,000.00

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