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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?

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.

Photo Archive Friday

Jodimars Band
Haming it up with fans
Jodimars Band 2

The Jodimars Band – Let’s All Rock Together

Here are some wonderful shots of the Jodimars Band when they visited Denver in 1956. The band was formed from the disgruntled members of the Bill Haley & His Comets after a salary dispute.

Colorado’s Utopian Colonies: Greeley and Nucla

Main Street Pinon, Colorado
Ellen Peterson. The Spell of the Tabeguache. Denver: Sage Books, 1957.
Bridge Crossing San Miguel River at Pinon, Colorado
Union Colony Building  and Colonists in Greeley, Colorado

The Colorado Cooperative Company organized against the backdrop of the Panic of 1893, a horrible financial crisis in which “Discontent and unrest were prevalent everywhere.

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.

Really Breaking Bad

Opium Den
Still in Pueblo, Colorado
Arrest of Charles Hough, bootlegger
Men Drinking, Sells Floto
Dead Outlaws
Train Destroyed by the Wild Bunch after robbery
Breaking Bad

Old School Heisenberg’s

Before Walter White and Jesse Pinkman cooked up their famous batches of blue “glass,” robbed trains, and made their run as modern day television gangsters; the Old West was rife with real opium dea