NHPRC “Colorado 20th-Century Photograph Collections Project” Nearly Complete

Intern Erica San Soucie with a mammoth glass negative from the Aultman Studio collection
Intern Erica San Soucie with a mammoth glass negative from the Aultman Studio collection

This month, the Photography Department wraps up a two-year project to make four of its most significant photography collections available to the public. By the end of June, researchers will be able to browse through online collection guides to and digital images from the Aultman Studio, Fred Payne Clatworthy, David DeHarport, and Winter Prather collections. The project has been generously supported by an Access to Historical Records grant from the National Historic Records and Publications Committee (NHPRC). Continue reading “NHPRC “Colorado 20th-Century Photograph Collections Project” Nearly Complete”

Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today — “Fashions in Montana”

“Fashion of the 19th Century” in the Young Ladies Journal, January 1888 (History Colorado)
“Fashion of the 19th Century” in the Young Ladies Journal, January 1888 (History Colorado)

“The editor of the Montana Schreecher attended a May-day ball and, for the first time in his life, attempted a description of the costumes for the benefit and gratification of his lady readers. We copy several of his gratifying descriptions:

“Miss Sally McSniffin was rigged out as pretty as a red and green wagon with two spring seats, and made more mashes than a few. She had on a blue dress with a flap at the side, and a puffy something or other on the other side.

“Miss Susie Sharp wore an en train rig, and could have knocked Mrs. Langtry silly when it came to good looks. Her hair was en curl and her face en powder. She had sixteen rings on one finger and bracelets clean to her elbow.

“Little Birdie Bloom was ‘the daintiest darling of all,’ in white toggery of some sort, looped up in spots. She wore hand-painted gloves and slippers, and passymentry jewelry; also the curls that have been on exhibition in the window of our fashionable hair-dresser for the past week.

“Miss Dorritty reminded one of a double rainbow and was the belle of the occasion. It’s a cold day when Lizzie Ann Dorritty gets left at a ball, and she was at her best last night. She is immensely popular at the Fifth Avenue hotel, where she has been head cook for the past year. She was as sweet last night as one of her own apple dumplings.—Tid Bits.”

Bent County Register (Lamar, Colo.), July 2, 1887

By Wheel, Burro, and Rail: Young Fred Payne Clatworthy’s Adventures in the West

A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897.
A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897; Accession number: 99.164.2211.

Travel was integral to Estes Park photographer Fred Payne Clatworthy’s life and work. During the early 20th century, transit companies sponsored Clatworthy’s travel to locations near and far. Railroads like the Great Northern and Southern Pacific sent Clatworthy to shoot promotional images in Glacier National Park and the western coast of Mexico in the 1920s, while later in the decade Clatworthy ventured further afield when the Matson Navigation and Union Steamship Companies sent him to Hawaii, New Zealand and Tahiti. Many of these trips yielded his most well-known images: full color autochromes that appeared in National Geographic magazine between 1923 and 1934. Continue reading “By Wheel, Burro, and Rail: Young Fred Payne Clatworthy’s Adventures in the West”

Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today – “Perils of Paper Bags as Bustles”

A multitude of bustles, Godey's Fashions for February 1874, History Colorado
A multitude of bustles, Godey’s Fashions for February 1874, History Colorado

“There is a woman in Gunnison who has learned a lesson that will last her a lifetime. She has been for years wearing these paper bags, such as the grocers use, for bustles. The paper is stiff and sticks out splendidly, and makes the dress look well. Last Sunday morning while she was dressing, her young son got in the room and blew the paper bag full of wind and tied a string around the mouth of it and left it in a chair. The good lady took it and tied it on and dressed herself for church. She bribed her husband to go to church with her, though he was a soft Bob Ingersoll christian. As they went down the aisle the minister was reading a hymn about “Sounding the Loud Hosanna” and the lady went into the pew first and sat down while her husband was putting his hat on the floor. There was a report like distant thunder. You have heard how those confounded paper bags explode when boys blow them up and crush them between their hands. Continue reading “Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today – “Perils of Paper Bags as Bustles””

Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today—“Cyclone in a Restaurant”

1_Headline_Herald Democrat [Leadvile, CO]_November 15, 1895
Headline, Herald Democrat (Leadville), November 15, 1895. History Colorado microfilm newspaper collection and Colorado State Library, Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection (https://goo.gl/OZ7GgR)
“Sugar bowls, catsup bottles, vinegar cruets, mustard pots, pork and beans, odds and ends of uneaten pie, went flying through the air at Escher’s State street restaurant night before last, while the after-midnight diners ducked their heads under the tables to escape the cyclone of dishes and food. Continue reading “Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today—“Cyclone in a Restaurant””