Photograph of the First National Park Service Director Stephen T. Mather and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Washington Dusty Lewis

By: [National Park Service]

Price: $150.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


No location or publisher are noted, though it was presumably taken by the NPS at Yosemite, [1925]. Gelatin silver black and white photograph, 17.2 by 12.2 cm, blank on verso. Very good with some tiny, faint creases and some spots on the verso from having been mounted in an album at some time. There’s no other way to say it, this is just a very cool image of Stephen Mather and Dusty Lewis. Mather, shown on the right in the photograph, was a self-made millionaire from the borax industry who, in 1915, became special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane for national park concerns. “His vigorous efforts to build public and political support for the parks helped persuade Congress to create the National Park Service in 1916 [and he was] appointed the first NPS director in May 1917.”(NPS) Mather had a deep understanding of the need for grassroots support of the park system, as well as a desire to promote nature studies among the public. He was the first to recognize the importance of park amenities and concessions, and always valued beauty and uniqueness in park selection.(NPS) During his tenure, Mather “continued to promote park access, development, and use and contributed generously to the parks from his personal fortune [and] the service's domain expanded eastward with the addition of Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, and Mammoth Cave national parks.”(NPS) The dapper gent on the left is Washington Bartlett “Dusty” Lewis. At the time, Lewis was the superintendent of Yosemite National Park and his superintendent’s brassard can be clearly seen on his right sleeve.(NPS) During the early years of the NPS, there were no rules governing what uniforms the park rangers had to wear. Often, they wore a combination of military and civilian clothes (NPS) and these “uniforms” would vary greatly from park to park. Dusty Lewis was outspoken in his belief that the NPS needed a standard uniform that all rangers and park employees would wear. He helped design the uniforms—even providing hand sketches—and arranged for their production. With the NPS covering such a wide geographic range, the new uniforms provided an identity for the rangers and helped park guests be able to easily identify NPS employees, whether they were at Yosemite or in the Everglades.(NPS)

Title: Photograph of the First National Park Service Director Stephen T. Mather and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Washington Dusty Lewis

Author Name: [National Park Service]

Categories: Natural History, Photographs - Portraits, Photographs - Snapshots, Etc.,

Publisher: np, np: [1925]

Binding: Photograph

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: photograph

Seller ID: 3345