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The Orphans Come Home

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A Treasure Trove of Long Lost Images

Anyone who has spent time with computers knows that occasionally, things don't work out exactly as one might have intended.

Denver's Bygone Markets

John A. Boyd displaying produce at Denargo City Market, 1939. History Colorado Image Archive
Old Wazee Market buildings, 1939. X-24326
Denver Vegetable Market by William Henry Jackson. WHJ-1020
Aerial view of Denargo City Market, 1939. History Colorado Image Archive

What Happened To Denver's Wazee and Denargo Markets?

Long before the era of King Soopers and Whole Foods, stagecoaches and ox-drawn wagons hauled produce to the Denver area. As a result, Denver’s earliest consumers endured high prices.

Denver Dining of Yore: Pell's Oyster House

Pell's Oyster House by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, between 1900 and 1910. Call Number: X-29479
Photo of George W. Pell, Sr. at age 40. Taken from his obituary in the Daily News, December 25, 1911.
Pell's Oyster House Dining Room by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29478
Kitchen at Pell's Oyster House Kitchen by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29477

Why Was Denver Oyster-Crazed During The Late 19th Century?

 

Pell’s Oyster House was part of the Denver dining scene for 56 years. In 1881, George W.

Terrifying Heights and Hair Raising Passages

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Conquering Rugged Terrain with Feats of Engineering

A big part of settling the West was road building.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

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Images with great composition, contrast and drama

Our first eye-catching photo was made by Harry Buckwalter, and shows the 

Weird Photo Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Snake on a stick!

We've all seen and heard about corn on a stick. And there are various other meats and vegetables on a stick, but a snake on a stick is a bit scary! This is a big stick (pole) and a big snake.

Dandies, Wags, and Characters

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Daring personalities, pioneer panache, and questionable sartorial choices...

Our photo collection has thousands of portraits of men, women and children, many unidentified.

Weirder than Most Photo Wednesdays, August 7th

Flower Carnival

August gushings from an interloper! Yet, another weird photograph from our Digital Collections!

Horace Swartley Poley loved carnivals! He captured this "domestic scene" from the Sunflower Carnival Burlesque Parade in Colorado Springs sometime between 1893 and 1906.

Tiny Houses - Fascinating Today, Necessary Then

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Creative solutions to the need for shelter combined with old time ingenuity creates some tasty slices of life.

Books, blogs, television shows, and web featurettes now regularly bring us charming looks at how people have solved the challenges of living in a tiny space.

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yay! Or, good boy, sit!

Hey, horses aren't dogs, but these cute creatures sure do act like them! How do you get a horse to sit like that?