Sample Appraisal: Vintage Photographs from F.J. Haynes
Appraisal ID: 11283
Appraised On: Aug 25, 2006
Market Value: $ 500.00
Replacement Value: $ 600.00
This appears to be a pair of tinted silver print photographs of
Yellowstone National Park, by Frank Jay Haynes, circa the turn of last
century. Good condition, some fading and small crease to one photograph.
Frank Jay Haynes [1853-1921], often called the “Pioneer photographer of
the old west,” opened his first studio in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1876
and in 1879, he opened a larger studio in Fargo. Haynes was the official
photographer of the Northern Pacific Railroad and traveled throughout
the northwest taking promotional photographs for the railroad. Haynes
even had his own railroad car, called Haynes Studio from 1885-1905. He
is remembered in the history of photography primarily for his many early
photographs of Yellowstone National Park. He obtained a license to
operate a photographic concession in the Park at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Haynes opened The Log Cabin Studio which served Yellowstone Park for
many years selling photos to visiting tourists. He moved his studio to
St. Paul, Minnesota in 1889 and traveled throughout the West and Alaska
earning the reputation as one of the West’s finest early photographers.
In addition to 2,400 Stereoviews, Haynes sold literally thousands of
Cabinet Cards, individual and family portraits, and of course
hand-colored photographs. Most of Haynes hand-colored photographs were
Yellowstone Park images sold to park visitors and tourists. Haynes
Yellowstone images usually include Old Faithful and other geysers, Great
Falls, Lower Falls, and other magnificent views throughout Yellowstone
Park. More often than not Hayes pictures were impressed with the
“Haynes” name rather than signed in pencil or pen. Usually “Haynes,
Yellowstone Park” or “Haynes Studio, St Paul” will be impressed in small
letters, either into the image itself, or into the matting. F Jay
Haynes retired in 1916, and died in 1921. His son, Jack Ellis Haynes,
was also a photographer and continued the family’s business. Although
Jack Ellis Haynes continued to sell a limited number of hand-colored
photographs, most of his work consisted of machined-produced prints of
his father’s works. This included postcards, travel brochures,
Yellowstone Travel Books, etc. The pictures of Jack Ellis Haynes are
generally not as collectible as those of his father.
Item/Title: Vintage photographs
Date/Period of Manufacture: These date from the time period (1892-1916) when several stagecoach companies provided tent camps for Yellowstone Park visitors.
Condition: These are both in very good condition. One
does have a surface crack (not a tear) about halfway across the upper
left corner. Also each photo shows some small discoloration spots to
the upper areas of the photo. These have had no restoration.
Manufacturer/Artist/Author: Each is signed
in the lower right corner with Haynes and a copyright logo & St.
Paul. These is no information on the back of the photos.
Dimensions (HxWxD): The matted photos measure 11″by37″ and 12.75″by 37″ each. The outside frame is 42.75″ by 31.75″.
Inscription: Each is signed in the lower right corner with Haynes and a copyright logo & St. Paul.
History/Provenance: These were found about 15 years
ago, rolled in tubes, which cleaning out a neighbors garage in
Livingston, Montana. Livingston is close to Yellowstone Park. They
were then matted and framed in one large frame (by an amateur). Since
then they have mostly been in storage.
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genuineness, attribution or authorship is represented.
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willing buyer and seller, neither being required to act, and both having
reasonable knowledge of the facts.
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required to replace the property in question with another of similar
age, quality, origin, appearance, provenance and condition, within a
reasonable length of time in an appropriate market.