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Photo Archive Friday

Uknown woman from Ford Collection
Unknown Woman
Rosita Royce and her doves
Balloon or Bubble Dancer possibly Sally Rand

Burlesque photographs

This subject came about when I stumbled upon a folder in our undigitized collection.

The Denver That Never Was: 1976 Winter Olympic Games

Promotional sticker, circa 1972
Elevation of a building facing the proposed speed skating facility, 1969
Proposal for Denver Olympic Village, 1969

How Denver Became the First City in History to Reject the Olympic Games

On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Denver to be the host city of the XII Winter Olympic Games (1976).

Here's to the Women of the West!

Wild West Cowgirls
Annie Oakley
Georgia Duffy and Della Ferrell
Native American Women
Womne and Teepees
Annie Oakley

Ladies in the West

In so many histories that are published about the West, often times women are left out or glazed over in a superficial coverage.

Photo Archive Friday

Snow and a blind crossing
Kansas City grade crossing accident
Hand of Instant Death
Grade Crossing tragety at Rocky Ford
Archie Blogett's body by tracks

Watch Out! Railroad Crossing 

This collection of photographs shows the folly of trying to beat a train at a grade crossing. One thing we all know is this never ends well.

Anatomy of a Forgery: Salem, Massachusetts Death Warrant, 1692

Detail of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Front of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Back of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932

Guilty of Witchcraft or Fraud?

In the archives of DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department lives a Salem, Massachusetts court order to Sheriff George Corw

Dandies, Wags, and Characters

X-9276
CHS-G659
CHS.A57
K-188
C-37
CHS.X9488
X-60904
CHS.X8477

Daring personalities, pioneer panache, and questionable sartorial choices...

Our photo collection has thousands of portraits of men, women and children, many unidentified.

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee Campsite
Chief Spotted Elk Dead
Wounded Knee after Battle
Gathering of the Dead
Mass Grave at Wounded Knee

A Sad Tragedy 

On a cold winter’s day in late December 1890, the last conflict of the American Indian Wars took place. On the day before the event, a detachment of the U.S.

Toast of the Town: The Denver Bread Company (1916-1945)

Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
View of the Denver Bread Co. (600 W. 12th Avenue) by Louis Charles McClure, MCC-3774
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

A Return to the Days Before Sliced Bread  

A fun, new addition to DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department is Toast and Its Various Uses<

Photo Archive Friday

Big Thompson Flood 1976 Aerial
Flood damage
washed out road
car stranded in rushing water
new warning signs

This week was the 37th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood

The 37th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood of 1976, the most deadly flash flood in Colorado history, was observed on Wednesday.