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"Martial Law Declared As Texas Riots Kill Two"

Rocky Mountain News Headlines
Shipyard Workers, Beaumont, Texas
Angry Sailors
Beaumont, Texas, 1943
Beaumont, Texas, 1943
Jim Crow: Legalized Racism
Beaumont, Texas, 1943
Detroit Riots, 1943

Beaumont, Texas June 17, 1943

In World War II, Beaumont, Texas had become an industrial boom town, with its factories and shipyards busily engaged in providing for the U.S. Military in its battle against Hitler and Japan.

Snarky Comments from Denver Theatergoers, 1881-1911

Florence E. McCune, Denver High School, 1879. Z-8022
Scrapbook, 1907-1909. Birdie B. A. McCune Papers, WH407.
Review of The Great Divide by Blanche McCune, 1908.

To say that Denver sisters Florence E. “Flora” (1860-1932) and Blanche A. “Birdie” McCune (1869-1943) liked going to the theater is an understatement.

Industrial Designer's Connection to our DPL Collection

Raymond Loewy
Company logos designed by Loewy and his design team
Image of the shroud design to be retrofitted to the 3768

I had this tribute in mind for today, but leave it to Google to beat me to the punch-

 

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Colorado

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs.
Description of Leadville during the 1918 pandemic. From History of Influenza Outbreak (1918) in Colorado, C MSS -M1208
Influenza Mortality Table for Leading Cities published in "Denver Municipal Facts," November 1918.

Need Motivation For A Flu Shot? A Killer Pandemic Turns 95

In 1918, a powerful strain of influenza (nicknamed “Spanish Flu” and “La Grippe”) spread swiftly throughout the world.

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Archives

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Archives
The first Manuscript Division Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, ca. 1920s. Library of Congress Archives, Manuscript Divis

October Is American Archives Month...But Wait, Do You Know What An Archives Is?

1. Archives go beyond books. An archives is a place where people go to find information.

Remember when professional baseball was an all-girls club?

Kenosha (Wisconsin) Comets pose with baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack
1945 league manual
Fred Leo with game ball, circa 1950

Back in the day, women played professional baseball.

As another baseball season winds down, and Todd Helton's retirement this week has Rockies fans soaking up the nostalgia of Helton's amazing run as Colorado's favorite first baseman, it seems approp

Paris, 1924: Mira C. Bostwick Travel Diaries

Dorothea "Bit" Bostwick, passport photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.
Mira C. Bostwick, passport application photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.
Entry regarding "Bit" bobbing her hair, July 19, 1924
Prudence Bostwick, passport application photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.

A Year Abroad During the Roaring Twenties

If you’ve seen Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, you’ll recall how a vintage taxi transported main character Gil (Owen Wilson) back to 1920s Paris each evening.

NEW! Exhibit: Back to School in the Archives

Elementary students sit around a table while a boy and girl write on chalkboard.
Cole Junior High student in laboratory, January 1938. WH1990
Stedman School kindergarten students using hand tools, circa 1930. WH1990

Go back in time to an era when typing class was mandatory and kindergartners were taught hand saw safety!

 

Pop quiz! How did kids let loose on the playground in 1910? Were there actually horse-drawn school wagons before buses? Just how big was a computer in a 1980 high school computer class?

Denver Dining of Yore: Pell's Oyster House

Pell's Oyster House by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, between 1900 and 1910. Call Number: X-29479
Photo of George W. Pell, Sr. at age 40. Taken from his obituary in the Daily News, December 25, 1911.
Pell's Oyster House Dining Room by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29478
Kitchen at Pell's Oyster House Kitchen by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29477

Why Was Denver Oyster-Crazed During The Late 19th Century?

 

Pell’s Oyster House was part of the Denver dining scene for 56 years. In 1881, George W.

The Denver That Never Was: 1976 Winter Olympic Games

Promotional sticker, circa 1972
Elevation of a building facing the proposed speed skating facility, 1969
Proposal for Denver Olympic Village, 1969

How Denver Became the First City in History to Reject the Olympic Games

On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Denver to be the host city of the XII Winter Olympic Games (1976).