Haynes, Frank Jay – American Photographer

Frank Jay Haynes, Photographer

Frank Jay Haynes (1853 to 1921) operated his Palace Studio Car on the Northern Pacific RR between 1885 and 1905. His North Dakota studio operated from 1879 to 1889. He contracted with the railroad to provide them with publicity photographs (rolling stock, scenic views, etc.). He then befriended Philetus Norris, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Once the National Pacific Railroad tracks came near the park, Haynes was granted a lease for a studio within the park, even though he had not yet visited. He stands out from earlier photographers of the West in his business acumen. The mechanics of photography were well established by the time F. Jay Haynes came on the scene, so he set about making it a profitable business.

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