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Tom "Headbanger" Hallewell: A Punk Rock Archive at Your Public Library

Big Takeover. Jack Rabid. New York: December 1982, V. III, Issue IV
Frantix, Denver Concert Flyer, circa 1982
Husker Du, Denver concert flyer, circa 1982
Meat Puppets and The Fluid, Denver concert flyer, circa 1982

Tom “Headbanger” Hallewell was an influential figure in Denver’s early punk scene.

Remember when...

We all have memories of our school days. It seems like it was a continual round of hurry up and waits. Days where we all stared at the clock counting the seconds to reces

Was Wyatt Earp a Cold Blooded Murderer?

Was Wyatt Earp a Cold Blooded Murderer?

On October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and their comrade Doc Holliday locked horns with the Clanton and McLaury brothers in what became the most famous shoo

Dogs and Mad Englishmen

Dogs and Mad Englishmen

Written during the heat of a noon day sun...

With the Olympics still in full swing the jacket of Prairie Fever caught my eye. The Union Jack above a group of gentlefolks in the middle of the vast American prairie. 

Baby Doe's Last Interview


She invited him in and chatted about her past.

In 1932, Max Vawter was a cub reporter for the Daily Herald in Leadville, Colorado.  One Sunday, out of curiosity, he visited Baby Doe (Elizabeth McCourt) Tabor.  She was sociabl

Prohibition in Colorado

Prohibition in Colorado
Prohibition in Colorado
James W.

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.

Select Photographic Prints Available NOW-- at discounted pricing!

Select Photographic Prints Available NOW-- at discounted pricing!

Last week marked the inception of our refined and well-stocked "Ye Olde Photo Shoppe" in WHG.

Come to 5th Floor at Central and peruse the magnificent prints from our Historical Photograph collection!  WHG staff have chosen over sixty of our favorites from photographers such as

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