Western History & Genealogy Blog


Hidden Gems - Edward Boos and the Flathead Indians of Montana

Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle)  BS-28
Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle) BS-28 Detail of Necklaces
Atoem Elem Wh Skil Em Me (Chief Eagle) BS- 28
Alex Boneparte [on right]  BS-13
Alex Boneparte - Detail of horse's ornaments - BS-13
Joe Lamoose - BS-53
Joe Lamoose - Pipe Tomahawk BS-13
Joe Lamoose - What these eyes have witnessed.....    BS-13

Candid Looks into the Past

One of the Library's treasures is a set of glass plate negatives taken by Edward Boos on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Flathead and Missoula valleys of Montana in 1905.

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

A heck of a lot of string and time!

Weird Photo Wednesday brings you Colorado's, if not the world's, biggest shoe string ball.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Convicts Marching in Lockstep - 1900? ~ X-7798
A. H. Davis - mugshot - X-17714
Werner Schwarzmiller, recaptured after an escape attempt, 1947     X-17923
Cell Block #1, Colorado State Penitentiary    X-7864
Damage after the 1929 riot and fire    X-17890
Demonstrating the Gas Chamber   X-17720
Visiting Time in Prison    X-7781
Female convict and pet bird   X-17719
The "Old Gray Mare" - convict recieving swats with a wet paddle   X-17932
George Levy, Prison Psychiatrist   X-17933

"And I turned 21 in prison, doin' life without parole..."

Our collection includes some 340 photographs taken at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City, Colorado - and talk about "double takes," the human drama imparted by these ima

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Sinkholes, tunnels and caves, oh my!

Recently, a sinkhole developed outside of Leadville, Colorado.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Heap of Papers - RH-1429
Detail of RH-1429
Detail of MCC-1660
Detail of X-22073

File Management ~~~

Sometimes when I look at my desk I feel overwhelmed - then I remember this picture by the amazing Harry Rhoads and get a little lift. He was always able to get a smile out of people - and he had an excellent eye for framing and lighting a photograph, not to mention telling a story. As "Denver's Phototographer" for more than six decades, Harry Rhoads knew how to take a picture.

The enlargement demonstrates the capabilities of our new software, which now allows users to examine the detail in images like never before. The preview version of the image often hides amazing surprises, as demonstrated in the second set of images, by another of our reknowned photographers, Louis C. McClure. Because of the sharp resolution in glass plate negatives, our high density scans reveal almost microscopic detail upon enlargement - showing here the tiny hairs and pollen in this bowl of anemones.

The Civilization Process

X-32984 Thomas Torlino before Carlisle School
X-32985 Thomas Torlino after Carlisle School

Lost Worlds

Thomas Torlino, a Navajo Indian, demonstrates in these before and after pictures the change he underwent in the Carlise Indian School in Carlise, Pennsylvania.

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Now how did I get out of the car?

Someone must have had some fast reflexes to get out of the way of the wood spear! Looks like lots of onlookers for this freaky and strange accident. I'm sure we can all make up some great stories!

Community Tuesday: Scanning Manual

1961 Manual High Prom

In preparation for a CYC appearance at Manual's reunion this weekend, we've been digging through boxes of negatives from the early 60's for school photos to share. Today we digitized photos of Manual’s 1961 and 1963 proms. So many good ones! Keep an eye out for the new scans in the Manual Community on CYC.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!


Tom Mix ~ A Cowboy for the Ages

People have always known how to have fun getting dressed up, and Harry Rhoads was a photographer who knew how to capture people having fun.

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Never cry over spilled milk!

We've all encountered messes in our life. Here we have a young woman cleaning up after her mess. And it truly is a mess!