[Various places in the American West, as described below below. Late 1940s]. Sixty-nine photographs, each measuring 8 x 10 inches, mounted on linen and bound in two volumes. Oblong small folios. Black pebbled vinyl, secured by brads. Moderate wear to covers, a few photos creased at edge and most starting to curl, linen backing fraying on some photos, but overall very good. Item #WRCAM55587
A collection of striking promotional photographs created to enhance Union Pacific Railroad travel brochures. This collection is focused almost exclusively on the Western United States. The first volume consists primarily of campus photos of western universities, with captions in pencil on the verso. Photographs portray the Universities of Nebraska, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Denver, Kansas, Idaho, and Montana; Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Kansas State Universities; and finally Stanford University, College of Idaho, Midland College (Nebraska), Doane College, and Creighton University. The last five photos are images of entrees, perhaps for dinner menus on western routes. A number of these photos are stamped "Please Credit Union Pacific Railroad Photo" on the verso. The second volume is composed exclusively of scenes from Colorado, with typed captions on the verso. There are images from Rocky Mountain National Park more broadly, including Alberta Falls, Pike's Peak Railway, and the Hidden Inn, but the majority are in and around Colorado Springs. There are shots of the Broadmoor and Antlers Hotels, downtown Colorado Springs, Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, and Will Rogers Shrine. The album then moves to southwestern Colorado, with images of Ridgway, scenes along the Million Dollar Highway, Steamboat Springs, San Juan Mountains, and Silverton and Molas Lake. A number of these photos are also stamped on the verso with Union Pacific stamps, these specifically mentioning the Public Relations Department in Los Angeles and including the identification number of the negative.