YELLOWSTONE ART BY TOLPO GALLERY
Vintage Limited Edition Full Color Lithograph
Yellowstone Art by Tolpo
The growing Tolpo family took road trips west from Illinois to National Park campgrounds that generally lasted about three months. The Yellowstone story here is from 1948-1968 daily diary accounts Lily Tolpo kept during summer painting trips - a snip, 1955:
Aug 6: Pitched tent at the Canyon just before it rained. Went to the lodge early evening and when got back a bear had tried to walk up the back of the tent and ripped the roof.
Aug 7: Sewed the tent all morning with dental floss and kids (3) watched ground squirrel gather grass and paper for its nest. Saw “Itchy” again this year, a female bear. Had two of the cutest brown cubs you ever saw. Went down Uncle Tom’s trail in the mist, very misty at the bottom. Found patch of snow still remaining on south wall of the Yellowstone lower falls.
Aug 8: Took slides of two black bears playing in the Yellowstone campground.
Aug 9: Went to the brink of the Lower Falls, nice day.
Aug 10: Carl starts painting of Lower Falls.