Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hidden Gems

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

Dandies, Wags, and Characters

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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!

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Storefronts at the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Ghost Cars
Ghost Cars
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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.