Casper, WY: Prairie Publishing, (c.1943). Fifth Edition (Revised). pp. Oblong quarto [24 cm x 34 cm] Tan printed wrappers. Better than very good. Minor age-toning and discoloring to covers with nicking to backstrip. Internally nice. Item #7270
Nice Wyoming view book that includes 33 full-page black and white views with captions on the facing page. The majority (17) are by the legendary cowboy photographer Charles J. Belden and the Teton photographer Harrison R. Crandall (7).
Charles J. Belden (1888-1963) was born in San Francisco into a wealthy California family. He developed a life-long passion for photography when he purchased his first camera to record his travels throughout Germany and Russia after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1909. Upon his return to the U.S., Belden worked as a cowboy on the L.G. Phelps Ranch in Wyoming. He then went to work on and eventually managed the legendary Pitchfork Ranch near Meeteetse, WY. During his time at the Pitchfork Ranch between the 1920s and 1930s, Belden produced a variety of images that captured life on the dude ranch, including livestock activities, as well as the surrounding western landscape. Many of his western photographs were taken on horseback aboard his reliable pony Pinky. He thought this gave him the desired perspective he was hoping to achieve. Belden's photographs were featured in various publications, including National Geographic and the Saturday Evening Post.
Harrison R. Crandall (1887-1970) was the first official Grand Teton National Park photographer and served as a resident artist from the 1920s until the 1960s. For decades he photographed and painted the Tetons and surrounding area.