[Yosemite Valley] Yosemite in winter [album title]. Album with 121 captioned photographs of various sizes mounted on 50 leaves. Most of the prints measure approximately 9x14.5 cm (3 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches), others are 6x8.5 cm (2 3/3 x 3 5/16 inches), and a few are larger, 12.5x17.3 cm (approximately 5 x 7 inches). A photographic record of two winter trips to Yosemite Valley sometime between 1908 and 1914 by members of San Francisco's Olympic Club. Only five members of the first excursion party reached the Valley due to a rock slide that washed out tracks of the Yosemite Valley Railroad. The first image in the album is a commercial photograph measuring 15x20.5 cm (6x8 inches) made by San Francisco photographers Knight & Main with handwritten caption: " -- 'Walnut Slide' -- / 'The Slide' which spoiled the first / Olympic Excursion / into / Yosemite. (For all but five.)" The five traveled by YVRR handcar to El Portal and then continued into the Valley by horse-drawn stage. Despite heavy snow in the Valley, excursions by the five included a climb to Columbia Rock on the Yosemite Falls trail and a perilous hike through deep snow from the Valley floor to the top of Vernal Falls. About fifty men, women and children participated in the second outing -- also in February, no year specified. The first outing is extensively documented, the second less so. Still, a fine pictorial record of early winter sport in Yosemite Valley, before completion of the park's all-weather highway from Merced to the Valley. The flexible green burlap cloth album, measuring approximately 26.3x32.7 cm (10 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches), is worn at spine ends and corners and split along the outer joints; some images are faded and some are tarnished, all are very good or better. (#166002).