Yosemite National Park, located in east-central California, is one of America's premier and most visited national parks.

The vintage postcards in this exhibit depict scenes of areas that are in Yosemite National Park. The postcards date from the early twentieth century to the 1960s with a few from later dates. They are exhibited in a sort of chronologic order based on the estimated date of publication. The actual text printed on the postcards is in quotation marks. My comments are in brackets.

A selection of vintage paper and photo material and souvenirs about Yosemite is also exhibited here.

Many of these items come from my grandparents' -- Wilmer and Anna Mount -- acummulation of postcards and pamphlets. They lived in southern California and every year for many decades they spent their summer vacation camping in Yosemite National Park. This exhibit is dedicated to them.


| Introduction | Postcards - 1900-10s | Postcards - 1920s | Postcards - 1930s | Postcards - 1940s | Postcards - 1950s | Postcards - 1960s-90s | Booklets & Pamphlets | Books | Match Covers | Photographs | Postal History | Souvenir Folders | Souvenirs | Stereocards | View-Master Reels |


Yosemite National Park, covering an area of 761,266 acres in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, is a wonderland of mountain grandeur. The park has basically three special regions. Yosemite Valley is a large fairly flat forested area with meadows and rivers and sheer cliffs and spectaular waterfalls. In three areas outside the valley there are groves of giant Sequoia redwood trees. The high region above the valley has an exceptional landscape of glacier sculpted peaks, domes, lakes, hanging valleys, and alpine meadows.

The Yosemite Valley was federal land and during the middle 1800s pressure was put on the U. S. government to preserve it. So, in 1864 Congress ceded the Yosemite Valley to the State of California to manage as a state park, becoming the first major natural preserve in the country. Alarmed over the lack of protection for the Yosemite region, citizens pushed the federal government to better protect it. Yosemite National Park was created in 1890; however, at that time the park encompassed only the higher country above the valley. It was not until 1906 that the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove were added to the national park. Management of the park was first under the U. S. Army, and was later transferred to the National Park Service when it was created in 1916.

"California. ...". Color printed postcard, oversize: 8 1/4 inches high. Published by E. F. Clements, San Francisco, Calif. Postmarked 1955. [This is a large novelty postcard showing tourist sights in California. Yosemite National Park may be seen in the center and a little to the right.]

Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view of the postcard.

Yosemite National Park Passport Cancellation Stamps

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Books about Yosemite National Park that are currently available:

The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park     Geological Ramblings in Yosemite     The Ranger's Guide to Yosemite: Insider Advice from Ranger Dick     The Rough Guide to Yosemite     Yosemite National Park & Vicinity Map: ...    


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