Saturday, June 24, 2017

Not a bad year for flowers

I have been to the end of the Earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.
—Navajo proverb

























Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dolores, almost 100 years ago





 

Photo 1:
CHS.X4358
Title Town of Dolores
Summary Aerial view of the town of Dolores (Montezuma County), Colorado. Shows houses, barns, outbuildings, and commercial structures. The Dolores River and a portion of Haycamp Mesa are in the distance.
Date [between 1900 and 1920?]
Notes Accession number: 89.636.2230; History Colorado.; Condition: soiled, ink mark.; Formerly F20682; Handwritten on envelope: "C-Dolores."; Photographic print is a vignette.; Title inked on back of print.; R7200043589
Physical Description 1 photographic print ; 21 x 26 cm. (8 x 10 in.)
Is Part Of History Colorado, Denver and Rio Grande collection
Subject Dolores (Colo.)--1900-1920.; Cities & towns--Colorado--Dolores--1900-1920.

History Colorado: http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/reproduction-commercial-use-fees





Photo 2:CHS.X5289
Title Del Rio Hotel, Dolores
Summary View of the Del Rio Hotel in Dolores (Montezuma County), Colorado. The three-story Chateau-style hotel has a stucco surface, a steep gabled roof, dormer windows, a corner entrance, and large windows on the first floor. Men stand on the sidewalk near scaffolding and construction equipment. A sign on a building next door reads: "Stroud's Cash Store, Groceries, Dry Goods, Meats."
Date 1931
Notes Accession number: 96.69.145; History Colorado.; Formerly F41601.; Handwritten on envelope: "C-Dolores-Hotels."; Penciled on verso: "Built April, 1931."; Title penciled on verso.; R7200052897
Physical Description 1 photographic print ; 10 x 15 cm. (4 x 6 in.)
Is Part Of History Colorado, Denver and Rio Grande collection
Subject Del Rio Hotel (Dolores, Colo.)--1930-1940.; Dolores (Colo.)--1930-1940.; Hotels--Colorado--Dolores--1930-1940.


History Colorado: http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/reproduction-commercial-use-fees


Photo 3:
X-7734


Title Dolores, Colorado
Creator Mollette, Rex.
Summary A girl holding a doll walks along a muddy street in Dolores, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Patches of snow melt on the street, on the sidewalks, and on top of the one-story commercial storefronts along the street.
Date [between 1920 and 1930]
Description 1 photoprint ; 16 x 25 cm. (6 x 9 3/4 in.)
Type of Material Photographic prints.; Imaged.; Image
Content Type Image;StillImage
Subject Dolores (Colo.)--1920-1930.; Children playing with dolls--Colorado--Dolores--1920-1930.; Girls--Colorado--Dolores--1920-1930.; Streets--Colorado--Dolores--1920-1930.
Format-Medium Photograph
Source R. L. Dorman - 11/92 gift.

Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.



Photo 4: X-7733


Title Dolores
Creator Mollette, Rex.
Summary Two cars with four people in each drive down an unpaved street in the town of Dolores, Colorado, in Montezuma County. People sit and stand along the sidewalk and watch the scene. One-story commercial storefronts are along the street. Signs include: "Delores Mercantile Co."
Date [between 1920 and 1930]
Description 1 photoprint ; 17 x 25 cm. (6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Type of Material Photographic prints.; Imaged.; Image
Content Type Image;StillImage
Subject Dolores (Colo.)--1920-1930.; Business districts--Colorado--Dolores--1920-1930.; Streets--Colorado--Dolores--1920-1930.
Format-Medium Photograph
Source R. L. Dorman - 11/92 gift.

Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

2016 show of force

lo·cal col·or
noun
noun: local colour; noun: local color; plural noun: local colours
  1. 1.
    the customs, manner of speech, dress, or other typical features of a place or period that contribute to its particular character.
    "reporters in search of local color and gossip"
  2. 2.
    Art
    the natural color of a thing in ordinary daylight, uninfluenced by the proximity of other colors.
     
     
     
    dath áitiúil in Irish
     
    okalna boja in Croatian
     
    cor local in Portuguese 
     
     
















     

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cruise Above the Clouds 2016




The 2016 Cruise Above the Clouds set a new record for number of entries in the iconic car show. The Woodland Park displayed 350 cars all through the streets and parking lots of Woodland Park and thousands of car buffs and curiosity seekers wandered from classic car to exotic automobile under ideal weather conditions Saturday, Sept. 10.



1: Dave Blix’s Porche Red 55 Ford F-100 Pickup was shining up nicely in the morning sun. Blix’s first wife gave him the devil because he paid $300 for the truck 35 years ago and he spent 12 years restoring it.  “The wife is gone, but I still have the truck,” he said. It is all from ‘54, ‘55, ‘56 Ford F-100 parts, except for the Cleveland 351 engine that came out of a Mustang.



2: Jerry Kabbe’s Forest Green flamejob paint on his 1957 GMC pickup inspired other-world fantasy and set the truck apart in sea of classic and standout “automobilery.”

3: It is not everyday that you run into someone (even at a car show) driving a 1962 Plymouth Valiant, and that is precisely why Mike Buctter of Colorado Springs likes showing up in the unique equipment. 

4:Take a classic 1957 Chevy, modify it slightly in the front with 1958 Chrysler 352 Hemi, and drive it from Aurora to a premier car show in the mountains around Woodland Park and Cripple Creek. Owner Andy Haney kept it  under 60 m.p.h., and gas mileage around 15 miles per gallon.

5:Linda and Bob Brown’s 1969 Pontiac Firebird is rare. Pontiac was sponsoring the Olympic Ski Team that year and a “Ski Package” was available on some models. However, it was not supposed to be available on the convertible. Three were ordered from Denver anyway and built in Van Nuys, until orders from Michigan disallowed. “One got out,” says Bob.

6: Obligatory fuzzy dice in a 1956ish Chevy.

7: This car is sort of dinosaur-like… a real fossil, but well-preserved. They don’t make them J.J. and Mike Triebold’s 1955 Yellow and Black Sunliner anymore.

8: Anytime you get cars together, especially alot of them, you probably will eventually need a tow truck. Viola! Bill Schwindts 1949 Yellow Dodge.


9: Well, Jay Cimino can also have a 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk, too.

10: Jay Cimino is car guy, and car guys like 1957 Chevys, even if they operate Phil Long Ford. This is no ordinary 1957 Chevy convertible, however.


11. You might pull up side-straddle over a small streambed, drop the side gates and create a bridge to Terabithia with this 1962 Convair Rampside.  


12. It is kind of like a car, only smaller. Francesca Ferrero's 1970 Fiat has just enough room for your body mass, and a little bottle of gas. Many of you have owned recycling containers that are larger.


13. Four-door 1956 Chevy, red and white, simple elegance.
Photos by Rob Carrigan