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Thanks to the local paper in Palo Alto we know what Arthur C. Pillsbury took with him on his three week jaunt into the Yosemite in 1895; that information had not made it into the family stories. 
24 May, Friday - Palo Alto News - ``Next Wednesday, A.C. Pillsbury and Frank Watson, `95. Will leave for Yosemite and Kings River Valley on their wheels. They will carry with them their camping outfits, consisting of aluminum cooking utensils, 32 caliber rifle and shotgun combined, blanket, camera and fishing tackle, whole outfit weighing about ten pounds apiece. They expect to be gone about three weeks and anticipate a pleasant trip. Mr. Pillsbury will ride a 16 Lb. Rambler. 
The paper evidently left out AC's cousin, Bernard Lane, who accompanied them. We all know journalists don't necessarily get the details straight. 
Standing in meadows waist-deep in wild flowers Pillsbury immediately began photographing. He arranged to buy a studio in 1897 with Julius T. Boysen, selling his share when his then wife left him because "he wanted to spend summers in the wilderness." 
AC had been busy at Stanford. Along with building a temporary dark room into the then unfinished rafters of Encinas Hall, he had built the first motorcycle in California, which according to him, "broke up classes," as he roared onto campus. ( Photo Tour)
Pillsbury's interest in photography led him to design and build the first circuit panoramic camera as his senior project for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. It was this camera he then took to the Gold Rush in the Yukon, capturing the images which still move us today. His journey from the headwaters of the Yukon River to the ocean was through 3,000 miles of frigid but beautiful land and waterways. ( On to the Yukon) Only a panoramic camera could capture the immensity of Alaska. Gold miners bought his photos for ten dollars each, paid in gold dust. It was just before his solitary journey from the headwaters of the Yukon River to Nome. Pillsbury photographed John Muir, then on the Harrison Cruise. Both men loved Yosemite. Muir chose Pillsbury in 1911 to supply the photos for the last book he wrote during his lifetime, "The Yosemite." 
Back in Anchorage, A.C.'s father, Dr. Harlin Henry Pillsbury, recovered from the ship wreck they survived on their way north, was busy playing chess and practicing medicine, in equal proportions. The next Christmas saw the two back in San Francisco celebrating the season with family and friends. A.C.'s father stayed home the next year when AC returned to Alaska for another season of photography.

Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation 
Extending Human Vision: 
 The Life and Work of Arthur C. Pillsbury
What is coming up, here, and elsewhere

           Arthur C. Pillsbury was not only a photographer and inventor, he was a social visionary committed to ensuring people everywhere had access to information.
           Today we say, "Open Source."  He called it The Knowledge Commons.  
            The vision Pillsbury had for the National Parks was one which placed them in the forefront of placing the tools for knowledge in the hands of the people, directly.  Not limiting this to some lectures by less than exciting Park Rangers, he saw the Parks as a place where edge technologies could be used to awaken a love of nature along with real understanding of the complex systems of plants, animals, insects, microbes and all parts of the living and inorganic world.  
             His lectures on these subjects held his audiences spell-bound, fascinated by the world which existed just beyond their eyes.  
             This is his story, a story of a vision now within our grasps.  

Partial Autobiography

       The Inquiry 

While the law suit was 
settled on March 15,
2011, all questions of 
substance relating to 
 materials Norsigian 
purchased at the now
infamous garage sale
remain unresolved.  Who was the photographer?  
Why did the Adams family initially assert Adams had a significant body of work dating from the early 1920's when there is no evidence this is the case?  

There are many questions to be posed - and answered.  Over the last months research has continued and prior research had been reexamined and reinforced.  
To follow the story go to the Inquiry Page.

​The Stories of Images

Today Jeanette Hyden sent,  us an email with a link to an AC Photo she has owned for over 30 years.  The image is a vertical panorama, produced as a d'orotone, taken in 1906, titled, "The Road Winds out into the Sun Shine."

Jeanette's blog is found at Grassroots Horticulture.  Check it out! 

The Life of Arthur C. Pillsbury

1893 - Stanford University

1895 - First trip to Yosemite 

1897 - Circuit Panorama Camera 

1898 - 1899  - The Gold Rush 

                Yukon Panoramas

                The Yukon

1897 - 1899 - Alaska's first people

1899 - Meeting John Muir 

1903 - Tahoe in the Snow - Camera Craft

​1906  - A Trip Down Market Street 

             San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

              The Studio of the Three Arrows - in Yosemite

1909 - The First Nature Movie 

              The Run-Away Balloon 

1910 - America's First Air Show in Dominguez Hills

1912 - The First Lapse-Time Camera - The Wildflowers

              John Muir, Sierra Club and Preserving Nature

1913 - Photographing Hawaii -  Sunset Magazine

1915 - David Curry and the Movie

             Ascent of Half Dome 

1918 - Mass production real Photograph Post Cards 

1919 - First aerial photos and movies of Yosemite 

1921 - Color movies of flowers blooming

1924 - Pillsbury's Pictures  - New Village 

1927 -  The Microscopic Motion Picture Camera

                A Motion Picture Director for Microbes

1929 -  X-Ray Motion Pictures and Camera

1930 - Underwater Camera and movie
"To see a flower blossoming, its life so like our own, awakens in us a love for the flower, its life so like our own, and the wish to preserve it." - A.C. Pillsbury