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Hidden Gems

Denver Crowns a King!

Denver Crowns a King!

You never know what you are going to find...

...when you browse through the "Creating Your Community" digital collections. The third grade class of University Park Elementary School was photographed during a pagent.

Hidden Gems - Edward Boos and the Flathead Indians of Montana

Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle)  BS-28
Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle) BS-28 Detail of Necklaces
Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle) BS- 28
Alex Boneparte [on right]  BS-13
Alex Boneparte - Detail of horse's ornaments - BS-13
Joe Lamoose - BS-53
Joe Lamoose - Pipe Tomahawk BS-13
Joe Lamoose - What these eyes have witnessed.....    BS-13

Candid Looks into the Past

One of the Library's treasures is a set of glass plate negatives taken by Edward Boos on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Flathead and Missoula valleys of Montana in 1905.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Convicts Marching in Lockstep - 1900? ~ X-7798
A. H. Davis - mugshot - X-17714
Werner Schwarzmiller, recaptured after an escape attempt, 1947     X-17923
Cell Block #1, Colorado State Penitentiary    X-7864
Damage after the 1929 riot and fire    X-17890
Demonstrating the Gas Chamber   X-17720
Visiting Time in Prison    X-7781
Female convict and pet bird   X-17719
The "Old Gray Mare" - convict recieving swats with a wet paddle   X-17932
George Levy, Prison Psychiatrist   X-17933

"And I turned 21 in prison, doin' life without parole..."

Our collection includes some 340 photographs taken at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City, Colorado - and talk about "double takes," the human drama imparted by these ima

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Heap of Papers - RH-1429
Detail of RH-1429
MCC-1660
Detail of MCC-1660
X-22073
Detail of X-22073

File Management ~~~

Sometimes when I look at my desk I feel overwhelmed - then I remember this picture by the amazing Harry Rhoads and get a little lift. He was always able to get a smile out of people - and he had an excellent eye for framing and lighting a photograph, not to mention telling a story. As "Denver's Phototographer" for more than six decades, Harry Rhoads knew how to take a picture.

The enlargement demonstrates the capabilities of our new software, which now allows users to examine the detail in images like never before. The preview version of the image often hides amazing surprises, as demonstrated in the second set of images, by another of our reknowned photographers, Louis C. McClure. Because of the sharp resolution in glass plate negatives, our high density scans reveal almost microscopic detail upon enlargement - showing here the tiny hairs and pollen in this bowl of anemones.

The Civilization Process

X-32984 Thomas Torlino before Carlisle School
X-32985 Thomas Torlino after Carlisle School

Lost Worlds

Thomas Torlino, a Navajo Indian, demonstrates in these before and after pictures the change he underwent in the Carlise Indian School in Carlise, Pennsylvania.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

RH-5917

Tom Mix ~ A Cowboy for the Ages

People have always known how to have fun getting dressed up, and Harry Rhoads was a photographer who knew how to capture people having fun.

Manuscript Monday: Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...

Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...

...and discuss their favorite childhood books!  Yes, WH/G has lists of favorite children’s books from many notable folks.  What better way to get inspired for Summer of Reading.

In the late 1920’s DPL sent out requests asking people to list their most beloved childhood books.  Who was included in this survey?  Amelia Earhart, Thomas A.

Double Takes

Double Takes

Double Takes - This one made me look - again!

With the thousands of images I see every day, using the '3 second rule,' if I find myself needing to look at a picture any longer than about 3 seconds - I'll share it.

Maps!

Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!
Maps!

 Got a case of the Mondays?  Come clear the cobwebs and see some beautiful maps in Western History/Genealogy.

 Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of maps?

Celebrate Poetry Month

Anvil of Roses

 April is National Poetry Month.  Here's one from local poet laureate, Thomas Hornsby Ferril.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril published Anvil of Roses, his