Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hidden Gems

So Many Fun Stores ~

Soda Fountain at Home Public Market

Let's Go Shopping!

Going to get groceries is something almost everyone experiences, and remembers doing all their lives.

Spectacular Book Covers of the 19th Century

Ballads of a Cheechako

Eye Catching Book Covers of Yore

They say "Don't judge a book by its cover," but book makers have always known that platitudes aside, the cover of the book is often what catches people's interest and influences their decision to m

Snapshots of the Modern Past

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Lloyd Rule's Photographs Peek into Idyllic Times

Another of the lesser known Colorado photographers represented in our database is Lloyd Warren Rule, a commercial photographer who after serving in the Army during World War II and Korean War, and

Lillybridge's Everyday People

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Defying Adversity, Charles Lillybridge Captured the Soul of an Era

Many of the photographers in our database are reknowned as national figures, and many others are private individuals who enjoyed the new technology of photography as a hobby.

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.

Denver Garden Club Lantern Slides

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Disaster Relief in the form of Pretty Pictures

Ten days ago, I was planning to do a blog entry on "Colorado's History of Floods," of which we have many pictures, but recent events have changed my mind.

The Orphans Come Home

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A Treasure Trove of Long Lost Images

Anyone who has spent time with computers knows that occasionally, things don't work out exactly as one might have intended.

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).

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

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Images with great composition, contrast and drama

Our first eye-catching photo was made by Harry Buckwalter, and shows the 

Anatomy of a Forgery: Salem, Massachusetts Death Warrant, 1692

Detail of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Front of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Back of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932

Guilty of Witchcraft or Fraud?

In the archives of DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department lives a Salem, Massachusetts court order to Sheriff George Corw