[Geysers] Video of Spasm from the late '40s or early '50s

David Schwarz david.schwarz at gmail.com
Tue Jan 6 07:53:15 PST 2015

Eons ago, I sent the following to this list:

On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 12:53 AM, David Schwarz <david.schwarz at gmail.com>

> I just found this video from the early 1950s, and I'm stumped:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/selago/3791431762/
> The first clip is Clepsydra, fine.  At about 16 seconds in, it shifts to
> something else.  Something erupting at a sharp angle away from a boardwalk,
> with a blue pool across from it, and a small brownish basin in the right
> foreground.  The surroundings look like Lower Basin, but I sure don't
> recognize the features.
> David Schwarz

The thing erupting at a sharp angle turned out to be Spasm, the blue pool
across the boardwalk was Jelly, and Clepsydra's cone was visible in the

That Flickr account has since been closed.  Did anyone happen to save a
copy of that video?

David Schwarz

PS, around the same time I sent out a bunch of links to old photos I'd
found on the internet.  Some have been removed, but most are still out
there.  It's occasionally worth searching photo hosting sites like Flickr
and Picasa for scans of people's old slides and family albums:

On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 4:28 PM, David Schwarz <david.schwarz at gmail.com>

> With more and more people scanning their old photos and slides and putting
> them online, I've found that there's a pretty good number of interesting
> old Yellowstone pictures entering the mix.  Some examples from Google's
> Picasa, found by entering things like "Yellowstone 1945" in the search bar
> (you may need to be logged into a Google account to see some of these):
> I'm not sure what this one is of, but the surroundings say "Norris" to me
> (1950):
> http://picasaweb.google.com/blbullo/BeckBW203#5451501183292654594
> From the same user, Castle in 1950;
> http://picasaweb.google.com/blbullo/BECKBW221#5452638415094263170
> The Giant group in 1952:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/TennisSenior/YellowstoneGrandTetons#5112033211278936386
> Scroll to the bottom of this index for a set of slides from the 50s
> including the one above:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/TennisSenior/YellowstoneGrandTetons#
> I _think_ this is along the road that no longer goes through Potts Hot
> Springs:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/nicksworld54/Slides4#5163656368994883138
> The set including the previous photo (a few other Yellowstone pics in
> there):
> http://picasaweb.google.com/nicksworld54/Slides4#
> I guess this in King Geyser at West Thumb in 1956? (click "View All" to
> see the rest of the album):
> http://picasaweb.google.com/ThornsC/GreatCravenTrip1956YellowstoneTeton#5416973603611478482
> Drive-up Old Faithful in 1957:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=1957+yellowstone&uname=ThornsC&psc=G&filter=1#5350267327695850754
> A gallery from 1958 including Grotto ie, Giant, various terraces,
> Valentine, and the Fountain area, among other things:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/tomplehal/BEBlackHillsYellowstoneJackson1958#
> I *think* this is inspiration point before it fell into the canyon?  Or
> not?:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/jeananderson66/1958MostlyYellowstone#5440575042890113554
> There was a trail to the other side of the brink of the Lower Falls?
> (1958):
> http://picasaweb.google.com/jeananderson66/1958MostlyYellowstone#5440575402580653858
> A gallery of obscure locations immediately after the Hebgen Lake
> earthquake:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/AlanandJeanie/YellowstoneEarthquake#
> Photos from around West Yellowstone after the earthquake:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/mkhodges/HebgenLakeEarthquake#
> Yellowstone starts at photo number 877 in this gallery from 1948, which
> includes photos of Mammoth, Norris, the canyon, and the lobby of the
> ill-fated Canyon Hotel:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/JKatcoff/SKTheWest1948Part1Of2#5466657504251832642
> A Viewmaster reel from 1945:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/1966Corsa180/129YellowstoneNationalPark1945#
> Maybe Jewel?  Not sure.  1945:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=1945+yellowstone&uname=ThornsC&psc=G&filter=1#5146275779234541842
> The Fountain Group in 1967:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/bchofstra/1967Vacation#5433858513893673618
> A _bunch_ of old slides, undated:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/holmes.shirley2/YELLOWSTONESLIDETRAY1234#
> ...including this one of the old road by Porcelain Basin:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/holmes.shirley2/YELLOWSTONESLIDETRAY1234#5310144155004891794
> Main St., Dubois, WY, 1954:
> http://picasaweb.google.com/philacres100/WyomingAndWest1954#5401505553114160370
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