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UNIVERSAL VIEW COMPANY
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Universal View Company was operated by William H. Rau out of Philadelphia during the 1890ís and 1900ís. They had broad scenic coverage of the United States and Canada. They also issued a set of San Francisco earthquake views and many genre views. Most of their material was original, but a few were pirated from other photographers. With their Yellowstone photos there is a direct relationship with E. W. Kelley. Not only is he credited on many of the views, but the numbering and titling is exact between views of Universal View Company, E. W. Kelley and Berry, Kelley & Chadwick. The views were produced on tan or gray mounts.


Bears Feeding in the Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.

Beige mounts by the Universal View Co. are generally credited to William H. Rau as photographer. They are less common than the gray mounts. This view shows bears feeding on garbage near Old Faithful.


(10) Prismatic Lake, Its Waters Wonderfully Colored, Middle Basin,
Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.
Copyright 1908 by E. W. Kelley.

The gray mount views are often credited to E. W. Kelley. In fact, the numbering and titling are nearly the same as many Kelley views. This view likely came from a set, designated by the number (10).


Lower Canon of the Yellowstone.

A third type of Universal View Co. mount is the one pictured above. Credited to Rau and with no catalog or negative number at all. These types are closely related to the beige mount types above. Probably another printing.


UNIVERSAL VIEW COMPANY VIEWLIST


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