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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

Manuscript Mondays: Bookplates, Part I

Manuscript Mondays: Bookplates, Part I
Manuscript Mondays: Bookplates, Part I
Manuscript Mondays: Bookplates, Part I
Manuscript Mondays: Bookplates, Part I

What treasures lurk in the insides of books?  Well, lots, including really great bookplates.  Here’s the first batch that caught our eye.

 

One of the fabulous volunteers working here in WH/G is busy processing a huge collection of bookplates.

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

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

Genealogy Matters!

Herbert and Marvin Jacobs
Their Pedigree
Their Family

They had to have a good "pedigree."

Hebert and Mervin Jacobs were orphans in 1915.  Clayton College in Denver considered taking them.  They fit the criteria of "white boys between the ages of 6 and 10."  They

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.

Manuscript Monday: Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...

Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...
Manuscript Monday:  Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, & Thomas Edison walk into a bar...

...and discuss their favorite childhood books!  Yes, WH/G has lists of favorite children’s books from many notable folks.  What better way to get inspired for Summer of Reading.

In the late 1920’s DPL sent out requests asking people to list their most beloved childhood books.  Who was included in this survey?  Amelia Earhart, Thomas A.

Glenn Robert Scott

Glenn Scott with City Librarian Shirley Amore
Glenn Scott
Glenn Scott, Volunteer of the Year 1990 with City Librarian Rick Ashton and Library Commissioner Ann Kirchhof

Glenn Robert Scott was a terrific fellow and a wonderful volunteer.

As a young man he was a page in the Cleveland, Ohio main library.   Glenn and his wife Juanita discovered Colorado during his stint in the military in World War II.

The Futuristics

1957 Futurama program
1957 Futurama program

Though women were featured in a few of the images, the fashion show was for men.

Burnis McCloud was the photographer of choice for an amazing number of organizations.  He helped produce this program with the imagined fashions of the future as projected in 1957.  The F

Denver Ukefest

Denver Ukefest
Denver Ukefest
Jake Shimabukuro

Denver Ukefest is here this weekend, and we are excited.  Did you know WH/G has a sheet music collection?  Get your ukes fired up.

 The annual Denver Ukefest, put on by Swallow Hill, is upon us, and we stand ready, ukes at attention here in

It's a beautiful day for golf.

Unidentified Denver golfers

Determined to enjoy the game, African-American golfers in Denver held a tournament to celebrate the summer.

Many golf courses in 1950s Denver found ways to exclude them.  A common obstacle was for a course to fill tee times with golfers from private whites-only clubs.  Burnis McCloud's photogra