Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hidden Gems

Dandies, Wags, and Characters


Daring personalities, pioneer panache, and questionable sartorial choices...

Our photo collection has thousands of portraits of men, women and children, many unidentified.

Toast of the Town: The Denver Bread Company (1916-1945)

Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
View of the Denver Bread Co. (600 W. 12th Avenue) by Louis Charles McClure, MCC-3774
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

A Return to the Days Before Sliced Bread  

A fun, new addition to DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department is Toast and Its Various Uses<

Found in the Archives: Ina Zager Bookmark Collection

United States Bicentennial bookmark, 1976
American Cancer Society bookmark, 1964
Danielle Steel bookmark, 1982

Bookmarks Hold a Place in Our History.

Long before a “bookmark" was a shortcut to a spot in an eBook or a link to a favorite website, it was an actual object—a treasured placeholder to mark one’s progress in a paperback or hard

Community Tuesday - The Good Ole' Days

40th Anniversary of the Transfiguration of Christ Eastern Orthodox Church
Transfiguration of Christ Eastern Orthodox Church
Traditional Greek Dancers

Driving along I-70 I’ve always wondered about the neighborhoods that it dissects.  I’ve never really noticed anything besides the cars wising by, and the different factories that line the Inte

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Storefronts at the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Ghost Cars
Ghost Cars
Pediment of the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614

Ghosts in the Machine

Glass plate negatives, the state of the art in the 1890s, when they were done just right, could provide almost as much detail as today's digital cameras.

Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn

Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1941
Lobby and court room, Blue Parrot Inn. By John T. Bartlett, ca. 1930 (X-29495)
Postcard, ca. 1928
Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn
Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1926

Learn more about a Denver restaurant where diners were greeted by a chatty, feathered hostess.

The Blue Parrot Inn, 1718 Broadway, appeared on the Denver dining scene in the early 1920s (the 1923 Denver city directory is the first to note it).

Found In the Archives: Baur’s Candy Recipes

Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Night view of 1512 Curtis Street, between 1910-1920
Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Recipe for Egg Lemonade (*consume at your own risk!)

Classic Recipes From What Was Once A Denver Institution

One of the more unconventional items in the Western History & Genealogy Department’s archives is the

A Fashionable Life: Gretchen Weber Johnson

Fashion illustrations by Gretchen Weber, n.d. C72-15
Gretchen Weber, 1937 (taken from The Denver Post)
Fashion illustrations by Gretchen Weber, n.d. C72-18

You may have heard of Vogue's Anna Wintour, but do you know the Denver Post fashion editor, writer, and illustrator who dictated Denver fashion for nearly 40 years?

In July 1958, Gretchen Weber was among the two hundred newspaper women in New York City scouting out couture collections for her fall 1958 fashion report.

Denver's Dinner with Charles Lindbergh, 1927

Front cover of Lindbergh dinner menu, 1927
Feast fit for Charles Lindbergh, 1927
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Denver, circa 1926. L. C. McClure Collection, MCC-2831
Advertisement for Original Manitou Pale Dry Champagne, 1927

What does one serve when Lucky Lindy drops in for a bite?

According to a 1927 Denver Post article, Colonel Charles Lindbergh did not like to eat in his airplane—even during very long trips. He claimed to not desire food when flying.

The Great White Way of America


Denver’s Curtis Street Theater District and its Glittering Past

As early as 1873, Curtis Street in Denver was “the place to go” for theatrical entertainment.