Thursday, May 23, 2013

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 92

Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake, Washington

The postcard above is of Mount Rainer and Reflection Lake, Washington also known as Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground.  It is what is referred to as a linen card.  Linen postcards were printed on a special type of paper stock and had bright colors called colorchrome making them an improvement over the earlier cards that were either black and white, sepia toned, or tinted and reproduced in color. 

The linen cards were printed between 1930 and 1944, some even a little later than 1944.  A few publishing companies used numbers and letters to identify their cards and this one does have a letter/number combination in the lower right corner of the border. The prefix, 6A, I think, means that the card was printed or issued in 1936. 

Indian Henry (1820-1895), whose native name was So-To-Lick, was known as a woodsman and guide.  He lived in both his native world and with the new white settlers.  The area shown on the postcard was one of his favorite destinations and later was given the name of Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground in his honor. He is listed as possibly being Klickitat or Yakama but he also lived with the Mashel bands who were a mixture of Nisqually and Klickitat.

The meadow is comprised of flowery glades, trees, and brooks.  It is a favorite with mountain backpackers.  Although he has been somewhat forgotten it is fitting that the place he loved so much is named for him.  His grave can be found at Mashel Prairie near Eatonville, Washington. 

For more information about him, his life and this area of the Mt. Rainier National Park see:

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