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Exterior view of the Palace Theatre on 15th & Blake Streets in Denver circa 1885
"Hotel Metropole" and "Restaurant" written over front entrances.
Interior view of the Broadway Theatre circa 1900
View of 18th (Eighteenth) and California Streets in Denver, Colorado
Interior view of the Denham Theatre crica 1915
Signs read: "The Old Timers Hang Out," and "Eva Lang and the Denham Players."
"Harry Huffman's Tabor Now Musical Comedy," "F & C Shoes,"...
Interior view of the Tabor Theatre circa 1925

Another interesting aspect to the “amusements” in Denver were...

On a recent trip to my hometown in the Sierra Nevada’s I realized that I have become way too reliant on technology for entertainment.  I have to admit that I was very lost without a wireless c

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Cowboy Comic Books: The stuff your mother warned you about - We've Got 'Em - Take a Look!

Testosterone-crazed teenaged boys in 2009 have a wide array of diversions for their spare energy - but 100 years ago, in 1909, the palette was rather more limited.

GI - General Index

The General Index is our most unique tool for Denver and Colorado history and biography. Researchers in the know often go slack-jawed or misty-eyed when they realize what they've discovered...

Sparkle From the Gilded Age

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Peruse some of the delightful artwork from our collection of sheet music, and get a taste of days gone by. . .

The simple pleasure of music brings color, humor, wit, and a light heart today as it did 100 years ago.

Adventures in the Wild West

Just a little taste of some of the people that roamed the streets of Denver
Just a little taste of some of the people that roamed the streets of Denver
The streets of early Denver

What makes the Wild West really Wild?

When I think of the American West I often think of the ever so popular westerns of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  I have a mental picture of a cowboy wearing an oddly colored fringe shirt

Best of the Box: Mildred Biddick

Golden Gate Bridge etching into a sheet of celluloid with a sharp tool by Mildre

For the second installment of Best of the Box, I found a lovely box full of beautiful pieces of art. Discovered in one tiny acid-free box is our Mildred Biddick collection.

The collection includes two scrapbooks of original Christmas cards designed by Mildred Biddick, a copy of her 1933 Master's Thesis, Colorado & Regionalism, newspaper clippings of her w

Best of the Box: Postcards!

Postcard from collection WH816
Postcards
Nurse Postcard

Working in the scanning lab here at the Denver Public Library, I get to see and digitize a lot of beautiful materials.

My background is in art and design, so while my co-workers love to learn all about the materials and the history behind them, my favorite part is admiring the design.

A Rose by Any Other Name..

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Names are more than just meanings they are identities.

I was pondering the other day what exactly makes up a name.  We all know the quote from Romeo and Juliet “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.  However, I beg to di

Enjoying A Book By Its Cover

Green Velvet Book Cover with Brass Fittings

Book cover art from the pre-photography era shows artistic ingenuity that rivals what we see today, produced long before the digital age. 

Are you a fan of Art Nouveau? Do you remember a time when art depicted recognizable features of the world?

So much to tell, so little time...