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The Lillybridges Of Summer

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Simple Pleasures, When Denver was a Quiet Little Town

School's out ~ time to dig some worms and go fishing, or have a picnic in City Park, or just a shady stroll along the Platte. A summer day in 1915 was so much more peaceful than it is today.

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Happy Weird Photo Wednesday and Independence Day!

Today's Weird Photo Wednesday brings you a strange parade float, loaded with young ladies, flags, pennants, and elk heads! Our country has always celebrated July 4th, Independence day, with gusto.

The Summer Bride, 1914

Illustration from the Rocky Mountain News (magazine section), June 14, 1914.
A June bride of 1887. Mary Virginia King in her bridal gown, June 14, 1887.  Z-1949
The Rocky Mountain News (magazine section), June 14, 1914, page 3.

The June Bride of 1914 Was A Rebel

One hundred years ago this month, the Rocky Mountain News proclaimed that the June bride of 1914 “defies traditions in s

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Land of the Giants!

Is this the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman? Has the old "B" movie (arguably one of the worst science fiction movies ever) come to life? Fear not gentle reader, it is only Weird Photo Wednesday.

Wayback Weird Photo Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Wayback Weird Photo Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Wayback Weird Photo Wednesdays brings back old favorites!

We've had quite a few requests to bring back some of our (and your) favorite Weird Photo Wednesday images.

This Old House: Denver’s Adolph Zang Mansion

Adolph Zang Mansion, January 1977. By History Colorado, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. 5DV177OAHP
Adolph Zang Family, between 1886 and 1901. By Rose & Hopkins. H-112
Zang Brewery Company Stables, November 27, 1977. Demolished in 1983. X-23904

Do you ever wonder about the past lives of old Denver mansions?

At 709 Clarkson Street sits a brick and stone Neo-Classical Revival mansion that once belonged to brewery magnate

Weird Photo Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Do you think this is a weird dress? And would you wear it?

For today's Weird Photo Wednesday, we have a copy of a dress worn by

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Are these women the precursors to the Keebler elves?

The women working in this cracker factory seem to be working pretty hard. Are they the precursors to the Keebler elves?

155 Years Ago Today: The Rocky Mountain News’ First Issue

Portrait of William Newton Byers, between 1859 & 1863. Z-4887
View of the Rocky Mountain News and surrounding buildings, between 1860 & 1864. Z-1520
Copy of Rocky Mountain News Dated April 23, 1859, by Harry Mellon Rhoads. Rh-21

The first issue of the Rocky Mountain News was published April 23, 1859—mere days afte

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

What face do you see?

We can all see the profile in today's Weird Photo Wednesday, but what does the profile look like to you? George Washington? Your boss? Your high school teacher? Your mother?