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Pasadena's Rose Parade

Pasadena's Rose Parade

Roses, Football, and Fantasy ease the Depression

 

The Western History Department continues to yield surprises as we sift through its treasures. This Rose Parade program was an insert in the Pasadena Star News, one of several we have.

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

 Manuscript Monday is back with...stuffed birds?  Read on about the 23 Club!

The 23 Club, also known as The Crow's Nest, was a men’s s

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Greetings manuscript  friends.  Today’s collection is a very unique one: the Powell orchestra figurines.  

Meet the Denver Miniature Symphony Orchestra, a miniature collection of figurines created by Dr. and Mrs.

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt
Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Welcome back to Manuscript Monday.  Forgive the absence last week as we were busy processing, planning, and plotting.  This week’s feature is the Edwin Palmer Hoyt collection, a diverse collection from former editor of the Denver Post.  

 

Remember When...?

Photograph of East High Cheerleaders, circa 1920

You still have the popular, the pretty, the athletic, the shy, the weird, the smart, and, let’s face it, the just plain awkward. 

As many of you may know, the Creating Communities project has now began its second phase, called Creating Your Community. 

Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales

Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales
Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales
Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales

 Corky Gonzales was a Denver-born, Mexican-American activist, poet, sportsman, and much more.  Learn more about him in this week's Manuscript Monday.

 

Video Shot from S.F. Streetcar 1905

"San Francisco's main thoroughfare as seen from the front window of a moving Market Street cable car, before the downtown area was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This unusual record has been called the first 'structural film' because it follows exactly the externally imposed structure of the car ride."

From the Internet Archive

 

Teepees and Geodesic Domes

Ute teepee Los Pinos Agency

I've been absolutely taken with triangles and symmetry in art and architecture recently. We have so many inspirational photographs in our Digital Collections. Here are some of my favorites. You can click on the image to see the original record.

Drop City Dome

The Purple Prose of Silver Dollar Tabor

The Purple Prose of Silver Dollar Tabor

A young woman's 'Great Novel,' and her colorful, adventurous life

I had heard the term “purple prose” but was never totally sure of what it meant.

TEXTILES

TEXTILES

Maybe it’s been the cold weather or how graphically appealing the patterns are, but I can’t get enough of textiles these days, old and new.