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Best of the Box: Mildred Biddick

Golden Gate Bridge etching into a sheet of celluloid with a sharp tool by Mildre

For the second installment of Best of the Box, I found a lovely box full of beautiful pieces of art. Discovered in one tiny acid-free box is our Mildred Biddick collection.

The collection includes two scrapbooks of original Christmas cards designed by Mildred Biddick, a copy of her 1933 Master's Thesis, Colorado & Regionalism, newspaper clippings of her w

Best of the Box: Postcards!

Postcard from collection WH816
Nurse Postcard

Working in the scanning lab here at the Denver Public Library, I get to see and digitize a lot of beautiful materials.

My background is in art and design, so while my co-workers love to learn all about the materials and the history behind them, my favorite part is admiring the design.

A Rose by Any Other Name..

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Names are more than just meanings they are identities.

I was pondering the other day what exactly makes up a name.  We all know the quote from Romeo and Juliet “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.  However, I beg to di

Enjoying A Book By Its Cover

Green Velvet Book Cover with Brass Fittings

Book cover art from the pre-photography era shows artistic ingenuity that rivals what we see today, produced long before the digital age. 

Are you a fan of Art Nouveau? Do you remember a time when art depicted recognizable features of the world?

So much to tell, so little time...


Tough Times?

Not So Much...

What's news if it isn't bad?  The economy, world strife, general unrest-- pains in the neck to be sure.  But let's  take a historical look through some perspective-changing lenses.

Tough Questions for Eighth Graders

Match wits with a Colorado 8th Grader from 1891.

"Define a transitive verb.

Collection Surprise

National Museum of the American Indian

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) papers detail the efforts of a group of engineers dedicated to improving the education of American Indian students and recruiting them to