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GATES BROTHERS
Watkins Glen, New York - Chicago, Illinois

Willis D. Gates and George F. Gates (who also worked separately) were prolific in the production of stereoviews for nearly thirty years; starting during the late 1860ís and continuing into the 1890ís. Their most common views were issued exclusively from Chicago from 1885-1887. In their earlier years they worked out of Watkins Glen, New York. Their total production numbers include over 3000 varied views of United States scenery, including extensive coverage of New York State, Chicago and Washington D.C. Some of their views include the caption: "Sold by Jno. S. Stott (probably of Emerson & Stott fame) 224 State Street." It is not clear if the Illinois and New York companies were the same, or if different partnerships were involved.

A pirate company, the Gates Brothers did not photograph the Yellowstone country themselves, but rather used photos (legally or illegally is not known) of other noted Yellowstone photographers. At least 4 styles of Yellowstone views are known to have been produced by them. Some include the caption "Gates Brothers," while others are simply credited to "Gates." This variation would seem to indicate 4 different series by the company that include Yellowstone views. So although their known Yellowstone viewlist is currently small, it is probable that others were produced and will turn up in the future.


Bob Berry Collection

2 Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.

Gates yellow mounts are less common than other styles of his views. They were probably the earlier issues. This photo of Liberty Cap at Mammoth was taken by Joshua Crissman.


Bob Berry Collection

2000-Gardiner River Falls, middle fork, Yellowstone Park.

The Picturesque America series are the more common of Gates issues. Several Yellowstone views exist in this group. The scene here is of Osprey Falls on the Gardner River just south of Mammoth Hot Springs.


Bob Berry Collection

Sentinel Rocks, Yellowstone Park.

One of Gates less common tinted views, this scene is in an unknown location in Gardiner Canyon near Mammoth.


Bob Berry Collection

Deer Hunting, Wyoming.

It is not known if this scene of hunters and their kill is in Yellowstone. But it is included here as yet another of the Gates Brothers many styles of stereoview.


GATES BROTHERS VIEWLIST


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