Back in May 1903 Charles F. Oehler came to Yosemite Valley with a camera and he made black-and-white photos that were eventually converted to lantern slides for projection. Many of the images were colorized by hand.
One of the images shows an airborne man turning a somersault on a Glacier Point ledge called Overhanging Rock, just like a lot of visitors today try to get close to a cliff’s edge or a waterfall to photograph and emphasize the vertical landscape and its drama.
The lantern slides — many of them enhanced with hand-painted or hand-applied color — were donated in a wooden box by the Oehler family to the Yosemite National Park Archives, Amy McKinney, an archives intern, said Wednesday.
To read the story of how Yosemite obtained the photos get a copy of Thursday's Union Democrat or see the e-edition online.