The American Stereoscopic Company was active from the mid 1890’s thru about 1915. During that time they produced several thousand high-quality scenic views. Their series included the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Russo-Japanese, President William McKinley’s funeral and many miscellaneous California views. Many of the photos are credited to R. Y. Young. For the most part the company purchased negatives directly from the actual photographers and full credit was usually given. The views, which number up to 1,200, are generally of varied United States and New England scenery. At the end of their run, the company’s negatives were bought out by the Keystone View Company.
Yellowstone collectors should note that there is a direct connection between this company and photographer O.W. Watson of Spokane, Washington. Some views list Watson as the manager of the Spokane Branch Office of the American Stereoscopic Co. The Yellowstone sets produced by the company are bit confusing. Some views were issued with titles only, on cream colored or standard gray mounts. There is also a numbered series [2182-2192], as well as a small set of views of President Roosevelt’s Yellowstone visit in 1903. The total number of Yellowstone views distributed was probably in the neighborhood of 20-30.
The "Punch Bowl," -the great boiling spring-
Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A.
Copyright 1901, by R. Y. Young.
Natural History Series - Last remnants of the American Bison,
Y. Nat. Park, U.S.A.
Copyright 1903, by R. Y. Young.