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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.

Driven From Sea to Sea ~ Book Review

The cover of "Driven from Sea to Sea"
Corporate Rapacity? Political Corruption? Is it 2011 or 1883?

In my continuing maintenance of the Western History Collection, I find some amazing items that seem to transcend time...

Songs to Convert Rocky Flats

Songs to Convert Rocky Flats
Songs to Convert Rocky Flats
Songs to Convert Rocky Flats

This quirky little songbook was published in 1979 by the Rocky Flats Action Group and contains gems such as “It’s the Nukes that Must Go and Not Me,” “It Could Be a Wonderful World,” “Nuclear Power Blues,” and, my personal favorite, “There’s a Bomb Plant on the Hillside” (sung to the tune of “Little Boxes”).

The songs were intended to be sung at rallies, meetings, marches, and demonstrations in order to "make us feel stronger, part of the bigger movement of people eve

Snow Baths and Elephant Hunts...

From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 10 Numbers 5 and 6, 1927 May-June
From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 13 Numbers 7 and 8, 1930 July-August
From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 13 Numbers 7 and 8, 1930 July-August

Did you ever try to take a snow bath on a hot summer day?

It’s 9:00 in the morning and as I sit in the air-conditioned photo lab of the Western History Department, I’m thinking that it’s about time to put my sweater on.  Yes, you he

Did you go to Gove in 1924?

Did you go to Gove in 1924?
Did you go to Gove in 1924?

These folks did.

Sure we have lots of old photos, but ...

This one has names of each individual on the back.

Don't you wish your grandparent went to Gove?

 

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Grand Hyatt announces Grand Re-Opening of expanded Starbucks Coffee--

February 16th will find the newly renovated Starbucks at Grand Hyatt Denver showcasing images from DPL's Historic Photo Collections! Proceeds from the day will be donated to DPL!