Skip to main content

Black Hills Passion Play—Photographs, SD Postcards

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-058

Content Description

The collection consists of twelve small (2¾ x 3½) black and white images of scenes from the Black Hills Passion Play near Spearfish (S.D.). A photo studio simply named, “Black Hills Studios” took the photographs. The play featured Josef Meier as Jesus with performances running every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from June to early September. The entire ensemble consisted of 250 players. The Passion Play had been performed in the Black Hills since 1939. The images date to the 1960s. The collection also includes a number of random South Dakota postcards dating from the 1940s to 1960s. Topics include Mount Rushmore National Memorial (S.D.), Custer State Park Game Lodge, Boulder Canyon, Custer State Park, American Buffalo/Bison, Sheep Industry, Deadwood (S.D.), Falls Park (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Fort Randall Dam (S.D.), Cattle Branding, Sylvan Lake, Bear Butte (Mountain), Yellowstone Trail (Highway)—South Dakota, John Morrell Packing Company (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Brookings Motel (Brookings, S.D.), River View Luxury Motel (Aberdeen, S.D.), Corn Palace (Mitchell, S.D.). South Dakota photographers and publishers include Rushmore Photo Inc.—Photo Studio (Rapid City, S.D.), Sunset Supply Company (Keystone, S.D.), Don Mueller—Publisher (Hot Springs, S.D.), Black Hills Postcard Company (Deadwood, S.D.), O’Neill Photo Company—Photo Studio (Unknown), Jobber’s Sales Company—Publisher (Huron, S.D.), Midwest-Beach Company—Publishers (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Dan Grigg Enterprises Co.—Photo Studio (Mitchell, S.D.), The items were transferred from the State Historical Society of North Dakota

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply