Mountaineer in an Ice Cave of Paradise Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, 1925 by 20x200 Artist Fund
In this stark, otherworldly image, the silhouette of ’20s mountaineer Thomas G. Hermans confronts a Krypton-like ice cave in Paradise Glacier in Washington State’s Rainier National Park. The photograph was discovered in a promotional album dated 1923–1931 and credited to Tacoma’s Ranapar Studio, which was founded by Seattle photographer Asahel Curtis. According to the University of Washington Libraries:
During the 1920s and 1930s, the park drew thousands of hikers and mountaineers from all around the world to the mountain’s major attractions, including summit climbs and excursions to its famous glaciers and ice caves. Touring the park in ‘auto stages’ on the newly developed scenic roads was another popular pastime and wildlife viewing, including feeding the animals, was encouraged. Additional public campsites and picnic areas were soon added, as well as new tourist enticements such as dog sledding, tobogganing and horseback tours, with guides outfitted as cowboys.
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