Pennsylvania photographer R. K. Bonine made scarce views of machine shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad at Altoona, PA and also a series of the 1889 Johnstown flood. In 1890 he joined with Carleton H. Graves, L. M. Melander and Brother, W. M. Chase, and the Gates Brothers of Chicago to form the Globe Photo Art Company in Bettsville, Ohio, which centralized printing and distribution. Their views sold for $2 a dozen, which was a competitive price at the time. Bonine issued views either copied or obtained from other photographers. Bonine was also the first person to successfully capture an actual earthquake on film (San Francisco, 1906).
His lone Yellowstone view known so far is the Liberty Cap view shown here. It is likely that more Yellowstone views were issued by this formidable company.
189. LIBERTY CAP AND HOTEL, NATIONAL PARK
& Bonine Verso Stamp.