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Creative Types: Need Project Inspiration?

Thomas Moran, August 1915. By Henry Havelock Pierce. X-22164
How Long is Always, 1969. Watercolor by Jo Polseno. C75-7 ART
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

You may love your neighborhood DPL branch, but it might be time to branch out!  

Did you know that DPL’s Central Library has a Western History/Genealogy Department on Level 5?

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Easter is coming and the bunnies are beginning to appear! Even creepy bunnies!

Since Easter is approaching, you may see more bunnies around. Keep your eyes open, because you never know when you might see one, even in your local library!

23 Years in the Making: Edward Curtis's The North American Indian

A Chief of the Desert - Navaho, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34027
Pima Baskets, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34043
A Heavy Load - Sioux, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34103

From 1907 to 1930, Edward Sheriff Curtis devoted his life to a project documenting the cultures of 80 North American Indian tribes living from the Great Plains to as far north as Alaska.

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Is it a boat-cycle or a cycle-boat?

Today's Weird Photo Wednesday shows another entry in the

Wild Woman of the West: Author Helen Rich

Portrait of Helen Rich, ca. 1950. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Rich and Turnbull cabin, Breckenridge, 1954. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Belle Turnbull (left) and Helen Rich (right), 1942. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Helen Rich at The Spring Begins book signing, 1958. Helen Rich Papers, WH348

The Helen Rich Papers (WH348) detail the fascinating life of a woman who started out as a childhood f

Weird Photo Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Blooming wheels!

Let's hope that this wagon doesn't get into a race with anyone! The paper flowers would go a'flyin!

Be mine for Valentines, and Weird Photo Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Be mine for Valentines, and Weird Photo Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Who really is this card for?

Be my Valentine and happy Weird Photo Wednesday. Take a look at today's Valentine's day card.

Weird Photo Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ok, ok, it's not Denver vs. Seattle...

Today's Weird Photo Wednesday is in celebration of the Superbowl this Sunday. Who is going to win? No, not the football teams...the burro or the football player?

Denver’s Albany Hotel (1885-1976)

Exterior of the Albany Hotel by William Henry Jackson, undated. WHJ-10343.
Albany Hotel menu cover showing the exterior of the hotel after Burnham Hoyt's renovations, 1946. WH1590
New Year's Day menu at the Albany Hotel, 1891. WH1590

A Denver Hotel Built On A Croquet Field, Demolished For An Office Building

In 1882, architect E. P.