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Weird Macabre Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Weird Macabre Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

It may be shocking to some, so don't look!

Today we bring you something a bit different. The Digital Collections has many weird photographs, but we have many macabre ones as well.

Mother's Day Photo BOGO Special

Mother's Day Photo BOGO Special

Give your Mom a special gift for Mother's Day! BOGO!

From May 1st until May 10th, when you order one 7x5, 8x10, or 11x14 print, you get one of the same size free!

Coyote: From Western Resident to All-American Species

Charles L. Cadieux. Coyotes: Predators & Survivors. Harrisburg, PA: Stonewall Press Inc., 1983. Front Cover
Coyote Pelts. Z-1569.  http://cdm16079.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/65870
Trapped Coyote. Z-1570.  http://cdm16079.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/65871

This may be unpopular opinion among farmers and ranchers where I’m from (including some in my own family), but I like coyotes.

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Martians are coming, the Martians are coming!

Talk about a weird photograph in our Digital Collections!

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

TSA is really going overboard!

As you can see, there are some some strange and weird photographs in the Digital Collections. Here we have an x-rayed hand!

Architectural Drama in the Queen City of the Plains

AUR-891
AUR-3306
X-8249
X-25973

Modern Then, Iconic Now

Our vast photo database is filled with treasures of every flavor.

Digital Archiving in the 21st Century! (or at least in the early part of it...)

Digital Transitions--RCam, with Phase One P65+ digital back
Ability to capture incredible detail!  (We promise we're not counterfeiting!)
Detail from Robinson's Atlas of Denver 1887, Plate 13

After nearly three years of research, planning and developing strategy-- (alongside a strenuous attempt to stay on pace with sprinting technology) the Imaging Services Lab of DPL's Western History and Genealogy department is at long last moving into the next phase of its evolution, and the 21st Century.

When our program began not-so-long-ago in 1996-- I doubt very much that those involved could have conceived of the changes-- and new sets of challenges-- that technology would deliver in ten years'

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Don't break a sweat!

You wonder, why even exercise? The bulky clothes that these women are wearing make you want to lie down under a cool shaded tree, sipping lemonade and reading a book, not swinging around a gym.

New Castle, Colorado: A Coal Town That Survives Despite Disaster

Main Street in New Castle, Colorado. Circa 1890-1900.
New Castle, Colorado on the Fourth of July, 1891.
Shrull, Dale. The Legend of Burning Mountain: An Early History of New Castle. Glenwood Springs: Stoney Mountain Publishing, 2000
Shrull, Dale. The Legend of Burning Mountain: An Early History of New Castle. Glenwood Springs: Stoney Mountain Publishing, 2000

The town of New Castle was one of many Western Slope towns incorporated during the coal boom of the 1880’s, but is one of few coal towns from that era to have survived.

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In the drunktank!

Not all of our weird photographs are pretty, witty or funny! Some of our photographs show the gritty side of life, the good and the bad, even the sad.