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Snapshots of the Modern Past

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Lloyd Rule's Photographs Peek into Idyllic Times

Another of the lesser known Colorado photographers represented in our database is Lloyd Warren Rule, a commercial photographer who after serving in the Army during World War II and Korean War, and

Hail to the King

Buffalo Bill Cody
Young Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill, Red Cloud, and American Horse
Buffalo Bill Shooting

Still the Man...

Who’s the most famous American that ever lived? Today people might say Abraham Lincoln or perhaps George Washington.

Photo Archive Friday

Woman Smoking Rh-2087
women smoking article

We’ve Come A Very Long Way!

Ok, ladies, this one’s for you. It’s not quite a photo but it was too great to not share.

Lillybridge's Everyday People

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Defying Adversity, Charles Lillybridge Captured the Soul of an Era

Many of the photographers in our database are reknowned as national figures, and many others are private individuals who enjoyed the new technology of photography as a hobby.

The Iron Horse

California Zephyr
Engine 818
Engine 4053
The Iron Horse
Engine 5063
Engine 7002
Denver Rio Grande and Western Railroad

A tribute to trains...

There is something about trains that stirs people’s emotions and makes them fall in love.

Hollywood of the Rockies: Exclusive Author Talk With Michael J. Spencer!

Hollywood of the Rockies. Michael J. Spencer. Charleston: The History Press, 2013. Front cover.
Hollywood of the Rockies. Michael J. Spencer. Charleston: The History Press, 2013. Back cover.

In 1896, Thomas Edison showed a motion picture on the wall of a building in New York City, launching a film industry that was first concentrated in the New York area.

Paris, 1924: Mira C. Bostwick Travel Diaries

Dorothea "Bit" Bostwick, passport photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.
Mira C. Bostwick, passport application photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.
Entry regarding "Bit" bobbing her hair, July 19, 1924
Prudence Bostwick, passport application photograph. From the Immigration & Travel Collection, Ancestry Library Edition.

A Year Abroad During the Roaring Twenties

If you’ve seen Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, you’ll recall how a vintage taxi transported main character Gil (Owen Wilson) back to 1920s Paris each evening.

The Ludlow Massacre

Ludlow Massacre
Ludlow Tent Colony
Federal Troops
11th US Cavalry
Ludlow's Destruction
Wives of Striking Miners
William Snyder, Jr. dead
Aftermath of Ludlow

A day that will never be forgotten...

In September of 1913, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) went on strike against the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. owned Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) and other coal companies.

Photo Archive Friday

Car Lot on West Alameda
Fllod Battered W. Evans Bridge across Platte
W. Alemeda - west of the river

Rain, Rain, Please go away

OK, I know that I am not the only one in Colorado that feels this way. We had more than our share of rain in the last 4 days, with more to come this weekend.

NEW! Exhibit: Back to School in the Archives

Elementary students sit around a table while a boy and girl write on chalkboard.
Cole Junior High student in laboratory, January 1938. WH1990
Stedman School kindergarten students using hand tools, circa 1930. WH1990

Go back in time to an era when typing class was mandatory and kindergartners were taught hand saw safety!

 

Pop quiz! How did kids let loose on the playground in 1910? Were there actually horse-drawn school wagons before buses? Just how big was a computer in a 1980 high school computer class?